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Governing Boards as Advocates: The Guardians Initiative Aims to Reclaim Public Trust in Higher Education

An initiative to engage trustees of the nation’s colleges and universities as advocates for the enduring societal value of higher education.

AGB launched The Guardians Initiative to involve college and university trustees in countering growing skepticism about the value of higher education. This campaign seeks to create a new force of influential, informed citizens who can speak with independent credibility about the genuine benefits of higher education to individuals and to American society. Learn more below about how your institution and board can become engaged as Guardians.

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Learn More about Guardians

AGB staff are available to answer questions about the Guardians Initiative and how institutions can be part of this broad-based effort to bring the value proposition of higher education front and center in ongoing national, regional, and local conversations. 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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