What Presidents Really Think About Their Boards, November/December 2013

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Trusteeship magazine winds down 2013 with a surprising look at What Presidents Really Think about their Boards, based on a survey by Peter D. Eckel. That’s followed by CHEA President Judith S. Eaton’s take on The Changing Role of Accreditation: Should It Matter to Governing Boards? Board members concerned about their institution’s investment in technology (and what board member isn’t?) will want to read Structuring Boards to Capitalize on Technology’s Power by Stephen G. Pelletier. If you’re trying to get a handle on what makes modern college kids tick, 5 Ways Today’s Students Are Radically Changing our Colleges, by Arthur Levin and Diane R. Dean, will make for enlightening reading. And finally, Alvin J. Schexnider tackles the question of Can Boards Ensure a Healthy Future for Historically Black Colleges? Happy holidays from the staff of Trusteeship magazine! We’ll see you again in the new year.

What Presidents Really Think About Their Boards

Peter Eckel

What do presidents think of the boards they serve? What do they think are boards’ greatest contributions? What frustrates them about boards? A recent AGB survey of presidents provides boards an opportunity to hear the collective views of presidents.

The Changing Role of Accreditation: Should It Matter to Governing Boards?

Judith S. Eaton

Accreditation’s role is changing in ways that will affect governing boards, as the institutions they oversee face new types of campus reviews. Accreditation will take more time and attention in the future. It will be more demanding. In some ways, accreditation will involve greater risk.

Structuring Boards to Capitalize on Technology's Power

Stephen G. Pelletier

Technology permeates higher education today. But how well are college and university boards organized to provide advice and oversight in the realm of all things wired and wireless and within a context that fits that institution’s mission?

5 Ways Today's Students Are Radically Changing Our Colleges

Arthur Levine and Diane R. Dean

Students on campus today are different from their predecessors in ways that have profound implications for colleges and their boards, according to a study of undergraduates conducted between 2006 and 2012.

Can Boards Ensure a Healthy Future for Historically Black Colleges?

Are American institutions—and their leaders—ready for the diversity that new generations of students will represent? Which types of institutions are best prepared to educate those students and what can they teach others? And what role should governing boards play?

What Makes Us a Community

Bruce D. Benson

The challenges that come with natural disasters  give colleges and universities an opportunity to draw on a resource that is not articulated in any emergency response plan: a sense of community.

Extending Influencial Engagement Beyond the Boardroom

James E. Shreiner

The challenges facing academic institutions require board members to have a deep understanding of the many variables that drive student outcomes, all in an increasingly competitive world.

How Free Is Faculty Free Speech?

Lawrence White

Under what circumstances can faculty members be called to account because of what they say and the impact of their words on listeners? That question arises more often than you might imagine.

Are the Prophets of Doom Right?

Barry Glassner and Morton Schapiro

If one is to believe the popular media coverage, the threats facing higher education are severe enough not just to keep college and university presidents awake at night but to keep them from ever getting out of bed. Barry Glassner and Morton Schapiro review some of the more popular claims and aren’t buying the negative hype.