In 1989, Chinese Communist Central Committee passed a resolution to implement the president responsibility system under the direction of the Party Committee in all institutions of higher learning (colleges and universities). Over the last 20 years, the system has ensured the socialist direction of China’s institutions of higher learning. … This system must be continued.
There are problems in implementing the policy. In practice, some people have arbitrarily separated the “Party’s leadership” and the “president responsibility.” Some people have even questioned the necessity of the system.
Due to the above issues, the Organization Department and Education Working Committee of the CCP Jiangsu Provincial Committee has clarified that “The Party Committee’s function is to make decisions and set policy, and the president’s task is to execute those decisions.
Source: Qiushi, February, 1, 2011