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5 Principles for College Completion

5 Principles for College Completion

Governing boards are accountable for and to the institutions they serve and have important responsibilities to ensure that college-completion goals are based on institutional capacity and mission, are broadly discussed and understood, are sufficiently supported, and are regularly evaluated to ensure progress toward priorities.

The following principles, excerpted from the AGB Board of Directors' Statement on Board Responsibility for the Oversight of College Completion, outline these responsibilities. 

  1. Boards should declare college completion among their priorities, regularly reviewing metrics about student enrollment, retention, and completion, and using these data for related decision making.
  2. Boards should hold the president and senior administrators accountable for progress toward mutually agreed-upon goals for college completion. They should also acknowledge the role of faculty and staff in advancing the completion agenda.
  3. Boards should ensure that their institution’s mission is clear and that efforts to support college completion are aligned with mission.
  4. Boards should ensure that institutional resources are aligned with affordability, retention, and educational quality as they relate to completion.
  5. Because college readiness and the application of transfer credits affect college completion, boards should ensure that institutional policies reflect a commitment to collaborations with community partners such as K–12 leaders, high school counselors, and other colleges from or to which students transfer.
For more information on the AGB Board of Directors' Statement on Board Responsibility for the Oversight of College Completion, and to download the complete statement, click here.
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