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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.
2013

What Board Members Need To Know About Faculty

Changes in higher education require input and support from leaders across the campus—especially the board, the president, and the faculty. In American colleges and universities, this collaboration is known as shared governance.
2012

Effective Foundation Boards: A Guide for Members of Institutionally Related Foundation Boards

Institutionally related foundations are an important partner to all institutions of public higher education. As public colleges, universities, and systems respond to a shifting landscape, related foundations have become increasingly important to their financial sustainability, commitment to academic access and educational excellence, and institutional integrity.
2012

Foundations for the Future: The Fundraising Role of Foundation Boards at Public Colleges and Universities

In the face of rising costs and a prolonged economic downturn, public colleges and universities are being challenged to increase their sources of private support and philanthropy.
2012

Making the Grade: How Boards Can Ensure Academic Quality (2nd Edition)

Making the Grade: How Boards Can Ensure Academic Quality—popularly referred to as “The Little Yellow Book” by boards, faculty, provosts, and assessment specialists—provides clear guidance for the board’s role in the most important “business” of academe: educating students.
2012

Presidential Search: An Overview for Board Members

The selection of a president is a governing board’s most important responsibility, and the search process is the board’s best opportunity to help guide its institution into a successful new era. The manner in which a governing board conducts a presidential search is a reflection upon the entire institutional community.
2012

The Development Committee

Fundraising has become an essential component of institutions' financial viability, particularly as government support shrinks. Institutional reputations and relations with constituents can be badly damaged by ineffective, clumsily implemented, or unethical fundraising practices.
2012

The Executive Committee

Within a board’s governance structure, the executive committee can be uniquely influential. As the only committee vested with the possibility of almost complete fiduciary authority, the executive committee has the potential to affect the overall performance of the board—adding value when done well and creating problems if it overreaches. Author Richard D.
2012

The Facilities Committee

Facilities committees help shape the physical character of their institutions by ensuring that their campuses are functional, attractive, and well-maintained. Committee members tackle the challenging work of helping to update the campus master plan and developing harmonious relationships between buildings, open spaces, landscaping, and the interior circulation of vehicles and pedestrians.
2011

Fundraising Advice for College and University Presidents: An Insider's Guide

In these financially challenging times, chief executive officers of today’s colleges and universities are expected to serve as their institutions’ lead fundraisers. Still, many presidents remain uncomfortable in this essential role.
2011

Leading Change: How Boards and Presidents Build Exceptional Academic Institutions

In a time of transformation in higher education, Leading Change: How Boards and Presidents Build Exceptional Institutions fills a void in leadership literature and focuses on the changing level of board engagement.
2011

The Audit Committee

The audit committee serves as the guardian of an institution's most valuable asset: its reputation. As colleges and universities have become subject to intense scrutiny, the result is a new institutional focus on accountability, transparency, and enterprise risk management, as well as efficient and effective operation.
2011

The Investment Committee

The investment committee has important governance responsibilities in assuring the successful management of endowment and other institutional pools of capital.
2011

The Student Affairs Committee

College and university boards are charged with governance responsibility to ensure that students receive a high-quality education from a well-managed institution that fulfills its mission and actively pursues its vision.
2010

Assessing Presidential Effectiveness

In this publication, Richard Morrill focuses on the president, the board, and other decision-making systems and relationships.
2010

Effective Governing Boards: A Guide for Members of Governing Boards of Public Colleges, Universities, and Systems

This guide provides an overview of the important responsibilities of serving on the board of a public college, university, or system. It is intended to clarify the fiduciary responsibilities for which boards are held accountable.
2010

Succession Planning for the Higher Education Presidency

“Succession planning with an emphasis on internal leadership development is essential in meeting the leadership challenges we anticipate.”
2009

Effective Governing Boards: A Guide for Members of Governing Boards of Independent Colleges and Universities

This guide provides an overview of the important responsibilities of serving on the board of an independent college or university. It is intended to clarify the fiduciary responsibilities for which boards are held accountable.
2008

Presidential Compensation in Higher Education

The issues surrounding presidential compensation in higher education have become ever more challenging since 2000, when AGB first published this popular guide on the topic.
2008

The Information Mosaic: Strategic Decision Making for Universities and Colleges

Understanding, knowing, monitoring, and evaluating enhances decision making and provides trustees with the oversight needed to ensure the long-term health and well-being of their institutions.
2007

The Board's Role in Accreditation

Accreditation is a formal affirmation signifying that a college or university is meeting specifically prescribed standards for ensuring academic quality and institutional integrity in its operations. Fundamentally, accreditation focuses on the institution’s own processes for ensuring academic quality and integrity.
2006

A Guide to Updating the Board's Conflict of Interest Policy

That college and university boards should have a policy on trustee conflict of interest is nearly universally accepted. Yet there is little consensus among institutions on just what the policy should be. Boards thus face a host of questions regarding conflict-of-interest policy.
2006

Strategic Finance: Planning and Budgeting for Boards, Chief Executives, and Finance Officers

Colleges and universities operate in a world of continuous change and challenges ranging from demographics and economics to globalization and technology. Strategic thinking demands that boards and chief executives take into account mission and core values, longstanding strengths, future trends, and unique opportunities.
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