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2016

Effective Board Chairs: A Guide for University and College Chairs

College and university board chairs today seldom preside over quiet, traditional institutions. Higher education is in transition, as change on many fronts—social, economic, political, demographic, and technological—brings both tensions and opportunities that test institutions’ capacity for innovation, adaptive behavior, and even survival.
2016

Legal Primer for Board Operations

Board professionals work closely with boards and their chairs and perform a vital function for their institutions. In today’s legal environment, it is imperative that board professionals and board members have the resources to do their work effectively and in accordance with the law.
2016

Policies, Practices, and Composition of Governing and Foundation Boards 2016

Since 1969, AGB has tracked data on the composition, policies, and practices of governing boards of public and independent institutions. The research has grown in scope over time to paint a more complete picture of what higher education governance looks like, who the key players are, and how boards operate.
2016

Top Strategic Issues for Boards 2016-2017

The scope of change on campus and the fast-evolving realities of the external environment mandate that governing boards pay close attention to a wide range of interconnected factors. In this publication, AGB synthesizes the key strategic issues and demands confronting boards and provides brief context, important trend data, and facts to consider for each issue.
2015

The Board’s Role in Financial Oversight

An often-volatile economy, changing demographics, and technological innovations in educational delivery are among the dramatic changes across higher education that have forced boards and institutions to question the viability of the existing business model.
2015

Top 10 Campus Legal Issues for Boards

A principle responsibility of a board member is to understand the environment in which his or her institution operates. Today, that environment includes a host of legal risks that every institution of higher education must be prepared to assess and proactively address.
2015

Top Public Policy Issues for Higher Education: 2015-2016

This is the 13th paper in AGB’s series summarizing federal and state public policy issues affecting higher education. Governing boards, institutional and university-system leaders, and senior staffs will find it useful for board discussions and retreats and in formulating institutional responses to these issues.
2015

What Board Members Need to Know About Enrollment Management

Contemporary strategic enrollment management entails planning, implementing, and developing administrative structures to develop and support strategies and tactics to regulate patterns of students entering the institution and through to graduation.
2014

Shared Governance in Times of Change: A Practical Guide for Universities and Colleges

Today's challenging higher education environment demands a new way of making decisions. Changing business models and methodologies for delivering academic programs present new opportunities (as well as risks) and call for innovative responses. This publication aims to "reboot" dialogues among boards, presidents, and faculties.
2014

The Academic Affairs Committee

The latest installment of the Effective Committee Series covers the duties and responsibilities of the academic affairs committee. It is through the academic affairs committee that the board ensures the institution’s or system’s principal purposes—teaching and learning—are met.A must-read for any member of the academic affairs committee, it includes sections on:
2014

The Governance Committee (Foundation Boards)

The governance committee (also known as the “committee on directors,” the “nominating committee” or the “committee on trustees”) is arguably one of the most important committees an institutionally related foundation can empower.
2014

Understanding Foundation Finances: Financial Oversight and Planning for Foundation Boards

Public university and college foundations play a critical role in helping public institutions achieve their missions and make college more affordable, accessible, and attainable.
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