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Comprehensive Presidential Assessment for a Private Liberal Arts College [Case Study]

Comprehensive Presidential Assessment for a Private Liberal Arts College [Case Study]

AGB Consulting offers a variety of assessment services: board assessment, presidential and board assessment, and comprehensive presidential assessment.  Below is a short case study of a private liberal arts college (with 30+ board members) that found a comprehensive presidential assessment particularly helpful.

Our board of a private liberal arts college was struggling with our presidential evaluation process, which had included multi-source feedback from the board, cabinet, faculty, and student senate. We noticed that the feedback was spotty with a 50% response rate, and we then modified the presidential assessment to a board-only review – and took a fair amount of heat for it!  After attending a session on presidential assessment at the AGB National Conference on Trusteeship, we realized there was more we could do.  We contacted AGB Consulting to assist us with a comprehensive presidential assessment.

AGB’s comprehensive assessment process was much more inclusive, but also efficient in its focus on the college’s mission and priorities.

As part of the process, the consultant interviewed a variety of key stakeholders. The consultant was aware of the pushback we received, especially from faculty, and helped us with the communication and messaging for the process. As a third party, he was better able to engage the various constituencies, and they in turn felt more honored, respected, and heard.

Once the presidential assessment was complete, many of the individuals interviewed wanted to see the final report. Having used the AGB process, we were able to easily articulate that the report was strictly confidential, meant for the board and president only.

With help from AGB Consulting, we now have a clear vision for an effective presidential assessment that is inclusive and maintains the integrity and the confidentiality of all involved. 

Learn more about all of AGB Consulting's assessment services: board assessment, presidential and board assessment, and comprehensive presidential assessment.
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