Improving Board Oversight of Student Learning
Effective oversight of student learning outcomes and educational quality has increasingly become an important issue for governing boards. It ensures the institution's fulfillment of their core mission and addresses increased demands from states and the federal government, as well as accrediting agencies, for transparency and accountability.
In 2011, with funding from the Teagle Foundation, AGB launched a two-year project to develop a set of tools and resources for college and university boards to work more effectively with campus leaders and faculty on monitoring the assessment and improvement of student learning and academic quality. As part of this effort, AGB worked closely with an advisory committee and teams from eight diverse institutions to develop the suite of resources offered on this site. The range of resources and sample case reports provided can be used at institutions of all types to improve board engagement with these issues.
- Overseeing Educational Quality: A How-To Guide for Boards of Universities and Colleges
- Sample Dashboards and Metrics
- Sample Academic Affairs Committee Charges and Agendas
- Additional Tools and Resources
- Case Reports of Project Institutions' Experiences
- AGB Statement on Board Responsibility for the Oversight of Educational Quality (April 2011)
Read more about the project in Trusteeship:
- The Growing Interest in Academic Quality
- Learning Metrics: How Can We Know That Students Know What They are Supposed to Know?
- Lessons Learned About Student Learning: Eight Test Cases
- Competency-Based Education: What the Board Needs to Know
Partner Project Institutions:
- Drake University (IA)
- Metropolitan State University of Denver (CO)
- Morgan State University (MD)
- Rhodes College (TN)
- Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)
- St. Olaf College (MN)
- Salem State University (MA)
- Valparaiso University (IN)
Ellen Chaffee, consultant, AGB
We are grateful to the Teagle Foundation for its generous support of this initiative.