Education Secretary Michael Russell told MSPs the whole college and university sector had made "excellent progress" in its reform, during a ministerial statement on "Progress on Reform of Post 16 Learning" on 28 June 2012.
The Scottish government published
Putting Learners at the Centre - Delivering our Ambitions for Post-16 Education
in September 2011.
Mr Russell detailed progress on college regionalisation and mergers which, he said, "lies at the heart of our reforms".
The education secretary went on to say he accepted "virtually all" Professor von Prondzynski's recommendations in his
Review of Higher Education Governance
On student support, Mr Russell said the government would be in a position to announce in August a package of student support for academic year 2013-14 which will meet the commitment of offering a £7,000 minimum income for those students from lowest income households.
Scottish Labour education and lifelong learning spokesperson Hugh Henry generally welcomed the process of improving governance and accountability in the sector.
However he said his party had general concerns about the "power grab" by ministers in further education and "shot gum marriages" being forced through in the college sector.
On the issue of higher education, Mr Henry asked which of Professor von Prondzynski's recommendations Mr Russell did not agree with.
Scottish Conservative education and lifelong learning spokesperson Liz Smith also asked about the recommendations.
Mr Russell said he would negotiate and discuss these matters and would make sure he worked with the institutions and would "engage by agreement".
He said the professor's recommendations were "soundly based" and important to the future.
Mr Henry raised a point of order saying the cabinet secretary had said he welcomed "virtually all" of the recommendations, therefore he must know which ones he had not accepted and asked "can we get an answer to a very straight question".
Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick said that answers from ministers were their responsibility.