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Committee Definitions

Academic Affairs Committee: This committee typically bears responsibility for reviewing and recommending program and personnel policies integral to fulfilling the academic mission.  Often called the Education Committee or Education Affairs Committee.

Audit Committee: The primary responsibility of the audit committee is to provide oversight of the institution’s financial practices, internal controls, financial management, and standards of conduct. Specifically, it is responsible for (1) reviewing and understanding financial statements, (2) assuring the board that the statements reflect the institution’s financial condition, (3) determining the adequacy of internal controls surrounding financial information systems, and (4) ensuring adherence to the institution’s conflict-of-interest policy.

Development Committee: This committee is responsible for ensuring the operation of a vigorous and appropriate fundraising program for the institution.  Also may be known as the Advancement Committee or the Fundraising Committee.

Enrollment Management Committee: The Enrollment Management Committee is charged with establishing and overseeing an enrollment management strategy that includes enrollment policy informed by data indicators, the institution’s mission, and enrollment targets.

Executive Committee: Typically composed of the board's officers and the chairpersons of standing committees.  Some boards function as a "committee of the whole" and do not have a standing executive committee.

Facilities Committee: The responsibilities of the facilities committee include: (1) ensuring maintenance of facilities to stem the tide of deferral, (2) to modernize instruction and research technology, and (3) to respond to the national interests of greater energy efficiencies, more access for a wide variety of students (some of whom are disabled), and improved environmental quality and occupational safety. Sometimes called the “Building and Grounds” or “Physical Plant” committee.

Finance Committee: The responsibilities of the finance committee fall into two broad areas: (1) overseeing current financial operations and results; and (2) ensuring that a viable long-range financial plan is in place or is being developed.  May be called the Financial Affairs Committee or the Budget Committee.

Investment/Endowment Committee: Responsibilities usually include: deciding how the investments are to be managed, making asset allocation decisions, making direct investments, selecting the investment managers, reviewing the performance of the portfolio, and providing periodic reports of operations and results to the full board.

Information Technology Committee: This committee is charged with the broad oversight and responsibility regarding policy and implementation of campus technology issues, services, and initiatives.

Student Services Committee: The role of this committee is to provide policy guidance to assure high quality student life.  Sometimes called the Student Life or Student Development Committee.

Trusteeship Committee: Also called the Nominating Committee, Committee on Trustees, the Board Affairs Committee, or the Committee on Board Development.  The role of this committee may include identifying, cultivating, and enlisting new board members and nominating and evaluating the performance of board officers.  The committee may also oversee the orientation and deployment of new board members and the performance review process for continuing board members.

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