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Research & Reports

2019

Renewing the Democratic Purposes of Higher Education

AGB is pleased to share this fifth 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.
2018

Guidelines for Reviewing State Higher Education Governance Structures

Across the nation, state elected leaders periodically mandate a review or propose legislation to change the oversight of public higher education—to alter or completely reorganize statutory (or constitutional) bodies that determine policy for public colleges and universities.
2018

Public Confidence in Higher Education

AGB is pleased to share this fourth 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.
2018

The AGB 2018 Trustee Index

The AGB 2018 Trustee Index is the second annual survey of college and university board members about those issues they see as the most pressing facing the sector and the institutions they serve.
2018

The Promise of Higher Education

AGB is pleased to share this third 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

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.
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