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Improving Board Oversight of Educational Quality and Student Learning

Improving Board Oversight of Educational Quality and Student Learning

Over the past few years most boards have faced a series of difficult questions: Are we too expensive? How do we manage costs?  Do employers hire our graduates?

Student learning and academic quality are the heart of our institutions. Yet, according to the most recent AGB survey of boards on educational quality, 62 percent report that they do not spend enough time on student learning.

While these questions are important, many boards are asking what may be the most difficult question—and one that most don't know how to answer:  To what extent are our students learning? And, correspondingly, how do we know? For the past two years, AGB, with the generous support of the Teagle Foundation, has engaged with eight institutions to improve their boards’ oversight of educational quality and student learning. These eight institutions – Drake University (IA), Metropolitan State University–Denver (CO), Morgan State University (MD), Rhodes College (TN), Rochester Institute of Technology (NY), Salem State University (MA), St. Olaf’s College (MN), and Valparaiso University (IN) – have served as test cases to understand what information, metrics, and dashboards about student learning are the most valuable. The lessons learned from their collective efforts can be found on the AGB website, including materials and resources developed through this project that others might find helpful.

Visit the Improving Board Oversight of Student Learning section on AGB.org to learn more about this project.

Credit to Flickr for the image.

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