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The National Commission on College and University Board Governance

The National Commission on College and University Board Governance examines how well prepared the governing bodies of higher education institutions and systems are to address the myriad challenges confronting the sector.

Consequential Boards: Adding Value Where It Matters Most
Report of the National Commission on College and University Board Governance

The value of American higher education faces multiple risks, and changes in governance are needed to address them. At risk are accessibility and degree attainment for current and future students, institutional fiscal sustainability, educational quality, economic development and social equity, service to communities, and knowledge creation.

This report finds that despite the pace of social, economic, and political change affecting much of higher education, most college and university boards continue to approach governance as they did 50 years ago–often focusing on narrow, near-term tactical matters instead of providing long-range strategic direction and policy. Recognizing the crucial role that boards can and should play in guiding colleges and universities, the report provides a series of recommendations to help boards engage in their distinct role more substantively and effectively.

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The National Commission on College and University Board Governance was supported by the AGB Board of Directors and by grants from Lumina Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Kendall Foundation of the Montgomery County Community Foundation.