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Government and Public Affairs

Supporting institutional, system, and state goals for higher education and advocating for issues of greatest importance to state and national agendas.

AGB's Department of Government and Public Affairs and its public policy efforts strengthens the relationship between state government and public higher education by enhancing the effectiveness of governing and foundation boards and their trustee members.

Through education, advocacy, research, AGB:

  • Creates and maintains statewide partnerships that support effective higher education policy and practices
  • Helps stakeholders improve governance of public colleges and universities and their foundations
  • Advances public policy that contributes to a strong and independent higher education sector accountable to its constituents and stakeholders
  • Fosters more effective institution-foundation partnerships that support raising and stewarding private support

AGB's policy agenda focuses on the following areas:

  • Student welfare and safety
  • HEA reauthorization
  • Legislation that critically impacts the institution’s bottom line
  • State reform that promotes best practices in governance

Find data from public boards accross the 50 states here.

“As a board member of both a public institution and the state’s coordinating commission, I’ve experienced firsthand the value of investing in board leadership. AGB staff testified in front of our state’s legislative committee on higher education, and AGB consultants facilitated workshops with both of the boards that I serve. Investing in the governance capacity of our colleges and universities allows for better policies and practices to serve students and our state.”
Allison Dean Love, member, the Citadel Board of Visitors; commissioner, South Carolina Commission on Higher Education


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