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College and university trustees are in a unique position to engage and advocate higher education’s value proposition in their own communities and professional circles.

These resources can inspire and inform advocacy efforts on the local, state, or regional level.

Talking Points on Key Issues

Talking Points #1—Guardians Initiative Overview
Talking Points #2—Perception vs. Reality: College Costs
Talking Points #3—Just the Facts: ROI in College Education
Talking Points #4—Just the Facts: The Promise of Higher Education

PowerPoint Presentations with Important Data and Background

The Guardians Initiative: An Overview
College Affordability: Perception vs. Reality

Resource Guides for Writing Op-Eds and Speeches and Developing Creative Campus Events

How to Write an Op-Ed
Recent Op-Eds

Sample Resolution to Formally Engage as Guardians

Guardians Resolution

Be an Advocate

Making Advocacy Part of Your Board's Culture

Other Campaigns and Resources

AAC&U—LEAP Initiative
APLU—Public Value
NACUBO—Value Proposition
New America—Varying Degrees
Urban Institute—College Affordability

AGB wants to share in your success—let us know about your institution’s efforts to engage trustees as Guardians. Please send links to any op-ed pieces, public presentations, or board resolutions that we can share with trustees across the country. 

If your institution would like to discuss how to engage its board in this vital work, please call (202) 296-8400 or email



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