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2018

Advisory Councils in Higher Education

Governing board members face increasing, and sometimes competing, pressures to govern better, while also working to enhance their effectiveness as advocates and fundraisers. They are expected to bring specialized skills and experiences to the board table, while also giving more and participating in fundraising to secure their institutions’ futures.
2018

Top Strategic Issues for Boards 2018-2019

This publication frames the most pressing challenges currently facing colleges and universities—those that influence how each institution operates and that demand the board’s strategic oversight and vision. The ability of a governing board to deal effectively with these issues can have a major impact on an institution’s success.
2017

Endowment Management for Higher Education

Endowments are an increasingly precious resource to cover rising costs, strengthen financial resilience, support important initiatives, and help keep higher education affordable. Growing endowments are indispensable to maintaining higher education as we know it.
2017

Freedom of Speech on Campus: Guidelines for Governing Boards and Institutional Leaders

The issue of freedom of speech on college and university campuses has captured the interest of the nation and attracted considerable media attention. As board members and institutional leaders address the difficult questions that arise in relation to this controversial issue, they need to balance the competing tensions between individual freedom and expectations of civility and safety.
2017

Strategic Thinking and Planning in Higher Education: A Focus on the Future

This text combines theories and interpretations of strategic thinking and planning with practical ways those ideas can be, and have been, implemented at colleges and universities as they focus on the future.
2017

The Role of the Board Professional

As the primary liaison, planner, adviser, and staffer of a governing board, the board professional plays a unique and critical role in higher education. This essential, yet often under-the-radar professional connects the board to the administration and the institution and focuses every day on the practice of governance and the care and feeding of trustees.
2017

Top Public Policy Issues for Higher Education: 2017-2018

This is the 14th paper in AGB’s series summarizing federal and state public policy issues affecting higher education. Governing boards, institutional and university-system leaders, and senior staff will find it useful for board discussions and retreats and in formulating institutional responses to these issues.
2016

Effective Board Chairs: A Guide for University and College Chairs

College and university board chairs today seldom preside over quiet, traditional institutions. Higher education is in transition, as change on many fronts—social, economic, political, demographic, and technological—brings both tensions and opportunities that test institutions’ capacity for innovation, adaptive behavior, and even survival.
2016

Legal Primer for Board Operations

Board professionals work closely with boards and their chairs and perform a vital function for their institutions. In today’s legal environment, it is imperative that board professionals and board members have the resources to do their work effectively and in accordance with the law.
2016

Policies, Practices, and Composition of Governing and Foundation Boards 2016

Since 1969, AGB has tracked data on the composition, policies, and practices of governing boards of public and independent institutions. The research has grown in scope over time to paint a more complete picture of what higher education governance looks like, who the key players are, and how boards operate.
2015

The Board’s Role in Financial Oversight

An often-volatile economy, changing demographics, and technological innovations in educational delivery are among the dramatic changes across higher education that have forced boards and institutions to question the viability of the existing business model.
2015

Top 10 Campus Legal Issues for Boards

A principle responsibility of a board member is to understand the environment in which his or her institution operates. Today, that environment includes a host of legal risks that every institution of higher education must be prepared to assess and proactively address.
2015

What Board Members Need to Know About Enrollment Management

Contemporary strategic enrollment management entails planning, implementing, and developing administrative structures to develop and support strategies and tactics to regulate patterns of students entering the institution and through to graduation.
2014

Shared Governance in Times of Change: A Practical Guide for Universities and Colleges

Today's challenging higher education environment demands a new way of making decisions. Changing business models and methodologies for delivering academic programs present new opportunities (as well as risks) and call for innovative responses. This publication aims to "reboot" dialogues among boards, presidents, and faculties.
2014

The Academic Affairs Committee

The latest installment of the Effective Committee Series covers the duties and responsibilities of the academic affairs committee. It is through the academic affairs committee that the board ensures the institution’s or system’s principal purposes—teaching and learning—are met.A must-read for any member of the academic affairs committee, it includes sections on:
2014

The Governance Committee (Foundation Boards)

The governance committee (also known as the “committee on directors,” the “nominating committee” or the “committee on trustees”) is arguably one of the most important committees an institutionally related foundation can empower.
2014

Understanding Foundation Finances: Financial Oversight and Planning for Foundation Boards

Public university and college foundations play a critical role in helping public institutions achieve their missions and make college more affordable, accessible, and attainable.
2013

A Complete Guide to Presidential Search for Universities and Colleges

A Complete Guide to Presidential Search focuses on best practices and is specifically geared toward university and college governing boards and search committee members. It also aims to help sitting presidents and their advisors in transition planning and the search process.
2013

Risk Management: An Accountability Guide for University and College Boards

With proven advice and practical best practices for sound risk management, this robust publication written by the CEO of United Educators identifies how engaged board members should collaborate closely with institutional leaders on a variety of operational and strategic risks.
2013

The Board’s Role in Fundraising

What sparks successful fundraising? “It’s not about the numbers,” but rather about great minds coming together, making connections, and sharing stories that can inspire transformational change, according to The Board’s Role in Fundraising.
2013

The Compensation Committee

Hiring and retaining a president are among the core fiduciary responsibilities of governing boards. This puts them on the front lines for ensuring that the compensation and benefits paid by a college or university to its leaders (and coaches) are reasonable, compliant with the law, befitting of the institution’s philosophy and budget, and effective at securing the best talent possible.
2013

The Finance Committee

Today’s colleges and universities are under great stress as they work to sustain and expand the resources needed to fulfill their missions. That, in turn, requires finance committees to assume even greater responsibilities.
2013

The Governance Committee (Independent Institutions)

The governance committee, also known as the committee on trustees, committee on trusteeship, or committee on directors, is arguably the most important committee that a board of trustees can empower. The committee identifies, vets, and selects trustees who bring the necessary experience, skills, and character to the board.
2013

Updating Board Bylaws: A Guide for Colleges and Universities

Good governance begins with good governing documents, and bylaws are the starting point. Updating Board Bylaws: A Guide for Colleges and Universities represents the latest thinking on good governance in higher education by providing a concise deconstruction of the essential clauses in college, university, and system bylaws.
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