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Governing Boards and Student Welfare

Governing Boards and Student Welfare

AGB is engaged in laws and regulations affecting higher education, citizen trusteeship, and governance.

One issue of note is student welfare. AGB is committed to a safe and secure campus for every college and university student. Governing bodies bear the ultimate responsibility of ensuring that effective policies are in place and are followed in order to uphold institutional mission, values and educational quality for all who are part of their institutional communities. As stated in the 2007 “AGB Board of Directors’ Statement on Board Accountability,” governing board members are accountable to institutional mission, the public interest and the “legitimate and relevant interests of the institution’s various constituencies.” It is what fiduciary bodies are required and expected to do.

On the issue of sexual assault:

  • AGB believes that preventing sexual assault is a top priority, and governing boards must play a key role in addressing this issue on every college campus.
  • Any Federal legislation to address this problem should streamline and strengthen existing laws/regulations to ensure that students, the public and campus officials are able to understand and fully implement new rules and that they do not impede the ability of on-the-ground officials to address each individual case.
  • To ensure that governing board members, the ultimate campus authorities, are fully enabled to help implement any new sexual assault policy, AGB recommends a provision that recognizes governing board authority to approve and oversee campus sexual assault policies and that the board chair (at a minimum) be immediately informed of any incident.

On the issue of diversity and equity:

  • AGB believes that institutions should be allowed and encouraged to develop admissions and retention policies that meet the geographic and diversity needs unique to their individual institutions.
  • AGB believes that the issue of undocumented students and their access to higher education should be resolved in a manner that will best address institutional goals and national workforce initiatives.
     
For more information about public policy and higher education, attend AGB's National Conference on Trusteeship, April 2-4, 2017, in Dallas, Texas. Sessions include, "Plenary: Politics, the Economy, and Future Trends: What to Expect in 2017-2020" and "Federal and State Policy Issues: What to Expect in a Time of Change?"
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