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2015 Survey of Board Professionals: Who They Are, What They Do, and Their Important Role in Governance

Board professionals provide critical support, planning, and coordination of important board functions. Their work is often unheralded and conducted behind the scenes, but it is critical to the success and performance of the board.

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

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.

Restructuring Board Committees: How to Effectively Create Change

Governing boards of universities and colleges are facing an unprecedented tidal wave of change that is creating new opportunities, risks, innovations, and disruptions within and beyond the confines of their campuses.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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

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 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.