Ensuring its own effectiveness is one of the board’s basic responsibilities, whether members are appointed or elected. This guide provides practical resources and expert advice to help boards identify areas of concern, strengthen their performance, and continually educate and renew themselves.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“Succession planning with an emphasis on internal leadership development is essential in meeting the leadership challenges we anticipate.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.