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Research & Reports

2015

Financial Aid and Enrollment: Questions for Boards to Consider

This white paper encourages board members to take a step back and think about long-term strategies for ensuring that financial aid policies are consistent with institutional mission at the same time that they serve fiscal and enrollment goals.  While board members can determine financial aid and enrollment policies only at the broadest level, it is important that they understand the issues, pro
2015

Growing the Greater Campus: The Use of Institutionally Related Foundations in Real Estate Activities

Public colleges and universities have long turned to institutionally related foundations (“IRFs”) to raise private support and manage endowments and other financial assets.
2015

The Mission Committee

Numerous faith-based institutions are seeking structural ways to ensure that the religious and social purposes for which they were founded will serve the present generation well and survive for future generations.
2014

A Wake-up Call: Enterprise Risk Management at Colleges and Universities Today

After five years of change and upheaval, why is it that governing boards of colleges and universities continue to consider risk on a largely ad hoc basis?
2014

Consequential Boards: Adding Value Where It Matters Most

Report of the National Commission on College and University Board GovernanceThe value of American higher education faces multiple risks, and changes in governance are needed to address them.
2014

Illustrative Memorandum of Understanding Between a Public Institution or System and an Affiliated Foundation

A decade ago, AGB and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), working with a national task force, developed an illustrative memorandum of understanding (MOU) that was widely promulgated and served as a model for agreements at many institutions and systems.
2014

Overseeing Educational Quality: A How-To Guide for Boards of Universities and Colleges

Too often, boards spend too little time discussing student learning, student outcomes, and student success. As stewards of the whole of the institution, the oversight of educational quality is a primary obligation of governing boards.
2014

The 2014 AGB Survey of Higher Education Governance

The 2014 AGB Survey of Higher Education Governance is the fourth in AGB’s studies of college and university governance.  This report, based on survey responses from 592 public and independent boards, addresses a range of important governance topics that are receiving attention from boards and the news media, including presidential compensation, board leadership, and board performance a
2014

Top Strategic Issues Facing HBCUs, Now and into the Future

Created in a time of segregation and discrimination to educate students of color, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have played a pivotal role in transforming the landscape of higher education in the United States. Today, in an era of rapid transformation, HBCUs face historic challenges as well as new obstacles.
2013

2013 Survey on Technology and Instruction: Taking the Board to School on Educational Technology

The rate of change in technology presents challenges for all of us in our daily lives. Whether it’s the latest apps or newest phones, it’s a steep and continuous learning curve. For universities and colleges, the choices about how we use technology to educate students are many and the options potentially costly, in dollars as well as opportunities.
2013

Building Public Governing Board Capacity Through State-Level Education Programs for College and University Board Members

State policymakers and the public at large have a vested interest in the successful governance of their higher education system. The citizens who are appointed or elected to serve as trustees and regents of the state's colleges and universities oversee valuable public assets that they hold in trust for the state and current and future generations.
2013

Building Public Governing Board Capacity: Suggestions and Recommendations to Governors and State Legislatures for Improving the Selection and Composition of Public College and University Board Members

The challenges facing public higher education are placing new demands and pressures on colleges and universities and those responsible for their governance and leadership. As higher education seeks to negotiate these and other 21st-century changes, the role of its “guardians” in stimulating change, supporting purposeful leadership, and restoring confidence has never been more critical.