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AGB Initiatives

The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) works to meet the needs of governing boards through ongoing projects. With the help of our sponsors and partners, we are able to analyze and address certain higher education topics in depth. These dedicated initiatives build capacity for institutional leaders to strategically identify priorities and tackle critical needs. Areas of concentration include building engaged, effective boards; preparing institutions for imminent and long-term challenges; and examining relevant public policy issues.

Current Projects

As college completion becomes a national priority, board members must make student success and degree attainment a board priority as well. AGB's work on Board Engagement in College Completion and Attainment is made possible through funding by Lumina Foundation.

Faced with demands for increased accountability, governing boards are called upon to become more attentive to the governance of athletics. AGB is committed to fostering Board Oversight of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Improving Board Oversight of Student Learning is a two-year project, funded by the Teagle Foundation, to develop a set of tools and resources for college and university boards to work more effectively with campus leaders and faculty on monitoring the assessment and improvement of student learning and academic quality.

AGB believes that a critical first step in the transformation of HBCUs is to strengthen governance. The Initiative for Strengthening HBCU Governance and Leadership is a multi-year program that to addresses existing challenges within HBCUs while position themselves strategically, now and into the future.

The Institutional Student Aid Tool focuses on institutional student aid and is undertaken in collaboration with the National Association of College and University Business Officers.

The National Commission on College and University Board Governance examines how well prepared the governing bodies of higher education institutions and systems are to address the myriad challenges confronting the sector. 

Ongoing Initiatives

AGB offers special services and resources for Board Professionals, those professionals in higher education who staff boards of trustees in roles such as assistant to the president, general counsel, secretary of the college, assistant secretary of the board, vice president, and chief of staff.

The Center for Public Trusteeship and Governance's mission is to strengthen the relationship between state government and public higher education by enhancing the effectiveness of citizen governance and their trustee members. The center offers a variety of services at the state level as well as conducting original research and offering policy analysis.

AGB's work on Institutionally Related Foundations offers foundation chief executives and volunteer board leaders a wide-ranging, results-oriented portfolio of board education programs, resources, and services designed to strengthen foundations.

The J.L. Zwingle Library and Resource Center for Academic Trusteeship and Governance is a repository for the best research and scholarship on trusteeship, governance, and the academic presidency. It represents the strong commitment made by AGB to serve as a continuing education resource for its members.

Now, more than ever, we need boards that provide effective, thoughtful, and courageous oversight that advance their institutions in ways that truly matter. AGB honors boards at the pinnacle of excellence through the AGB John W. Nason Award for Board Leadership.

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