If you have been following state policy issues in higher education, you probably noticed that many public higher education and board leaders are responding to calls from elected officials to review public higher education. Lawmakers are asking questions such as: Is public higher education structured to do what it needs to do for the state and its citizens? Do the governing and coordinating boards have appropriate and sufficient authority to effectively lead their colleges/universities and enact change? As a result, some policymakers are requesting (and sometimes mandating) statewide governance reviews of higher education to examine state needs, governance, and leadership.
To assist state leaders, AGB has introduced its latest state policy brief, Guidelines for Reviewing State Higher Education Governance Structures. This brief provides policy leaders with historical context on public higher education reviews and restructuring, as well as a comprehensive set of guidelines based on research, observation, and experience.
Readers will come away with a greater understanding of statewide governance reviews and guidelines to support this work, including:
- articulating the reasons and goals for pursuing changes in governance;
- exploring less disruptive options that might achieve these goals;
- determining whether the issue or problem to be addressed is one of people or one of structure;
- gauging the popular and political support for change;
- tailoring the approach to the history, values, and needs of the state;
- supporting institutional autonomy and ensuring strong institutional or system governing boards with sufficient independence; and
- creating or sustaining a statewide entity to develop and advance state policy leadership.