By reinvigorating college governance, the Government wants to reinvigorate colleges. This is fundamental to plans to better meet the needs of learners and employers in a region through a coherent and sustainable curricula offer, with a sharper focus on outcomes; funding based on regional needs; and strong accountability for regional performance.
Going forward, plans are for each region to have a single body that would:
a) enter into a regional outcome agreement with the Scottish Funding Council and decide how funding received within the region should be distributed, and how efficiencies should be secured;
b) plan college provision strategically across the region;
c) provide a focal point for engagement with regional partners; and
d) be held to account by the Funding Council for delivering the regional outcome agreement.
In single-college regions, the regional body would be the college. In the Highlands and Islands, it would be the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). In other multi-college regions, it would be a new statutory regional board.
In multi-college regions, UHI or the regional board would also:
a) determine, with colleges their respective contributions ; and
b) hold colleges to account for their contribution to delivering the regional outcome agreement.
The plans would see existing incorporated colleges reformed into two types: regional colleges (in single-college regions) and local colleges (in multi-college regions). Regional colleges would have new duties to plan, collaborate and consult. Their boards would be larger than existing boards because of their new strategic role. Local colleges would be smaller. Chaired by their principal, they would focus on the day-to-day management of the college, working under the strategic direction of its regional board.