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2016

Governing Board Oversight of College Completion

The issue of college completion has become a hot-button topic for higher education and the public in recent years. While completion is not a new issue, several national and state-level efforts, including President Obama’s 2020 college-completion goal to increase the number of college graduates to 50 percent of the population, have brought increased attention to this issue.
2016

Shared Governance: Is OK Good Enough?

Shared governance—the principle that acknowledges the final institutional authority of governing boards and distributed authority to the administration and faculty—is a basic tenet in higher education. When working well, it brings a wealth of ideas to critical conversations and creates a sense of inclusiveness that strengthens support for decisions.
2016

Transitioning from the Presidency to Retirement: Advice from Presidential Retirees

The role of college president comes with many challenges, requiring deft maneuvering in many different contexts and considerable planning. While focused on the daily business at hand, however, a university leader may not invest in the requisite level of thinking, planning, and strategizing that is needed to leave the presidency when it comes time to retire.
2015

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.
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

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.
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.
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