One of the most popular search topics on the AGB website is "board orientation." And with good reason: a strong board orientation program can help new trustees and regents have a better understanding of their responsibilities and roles. The 2009 AGB Survey on Higher Education Governance reported the following trends in board orientations.
- The most common length for orientations is less than half a day.
- The most common topics are the board's responsibilities and governance policies, the institution's history and mission, and the institution's strategic priorities and challenges.
- An introduction to the institution's finances and budget is provided in 85% of orientations, while 69% include a review of academic programs and quality.
The latest AGB University topic focuses on board orientation, why it is important, and ideas to improve board orientation at your institution.
Below, Ellen Chaffee, president emerita of Valley City State University, speaks to the importance of having a board orientation program. Visit AGBU to find other resources about this topic.