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2017

Embedded Creativity: Building a Culture of Innovation

Smaller, private, independent institutions of higher education across the United States are facing challenging times. This white paper by Edwin H. Welch, president of the University of Charleston, shares lessons gleaned from the institution’s innovative efforts over almost 30 years.
2017

Key Issues Confronting Campus CEOs: Recommendations from the Field

AGB convened its Council of Presidents, an advisory group of 35 college leaders from a wide variety of institutions across North America, on October 15-16, 2016.
2017

Return on Investment in College Education

AGB is pleased to share this second publication in a series of informational briefings developed as part of The Guardians Initiative: Reclaiming the Public Trust, an effort to educate and engage trustees as advocates on key issues in higher education.
2017

Shared Governance: Changing with the Times

Shared governance is one of the basic tenets of higher education, and yet there is considerable evidence that it is not generally well understood by its primary participants—faculty members, presidents, and members of boards of trustees.
2017

Strengthening HBCU Governance and Leadership

Over the course of nearly two years, 24 historically black colleges and universities intentionally and collectively took stock of their existing governance practices and made appropriate changes to ensure that both parties are effectively fulfilling their distinct duties and responsibilities.
2017

Sunshine Laws in Higher Education

Public higher education is a major recipient of state funding and resources.  As such, public colleges and universities directly respond to state needs for higher education and are required to provide transparency in decision-making, which is codified in state open-meeting and record laws.  These laws, often termed “sunshine laws,” present challenges and opportunities to institutional leaders a
2017

Taking the Pulse of Campus Climate: Key Findings of the AGB Survey on Diversity and Inclusion

Campus climate issues continue to pervade many institutions, with related news stories commanding headlines across the country. Through oversight and leadership, college and university governing boards play an important role in helping to create inclusive campuses.
2017

The 21st-Century Presidency: A Call to Enterprise Leadership

The 21st-Century Presidency: A Call to Enterprise Leadership is the latest in a series of periodic reports from AGB to examine the nature of the presidency and governance.
2017

The AGB 2017 Trustee Index

The AGB 2017 Trustee Index is the first in a series of three annual surveys, conducted by Gallup under the direction of AGB, to assess trustee perspectives on the state of higher education.
2017

The Business of Higher Education

AGB is pleased to share this first in a series of informational briefings developed as part of The Guardians Initiative: Reclaiming the Public Trust, an effort to educate and engage trustees as advocates on key issues in higher education.
2017

The Small College Imperative: From Survival to Transformation

Small colleges and universities serve a profoundly important role in American society. They provide the rigorous, personalized experience that is the hallmark of the best of higher education. In the process, they build opportunity and encourage civic engagement among a new generation of citizens.
2016

2016 State Governance Action Report

This report focuses on state legislation and higher education proposals affecting institution and system governance and leadership in states for the years 2015–2016. At the heart of these actions and ongoing dialogues is:
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