Board Engagement in College Completion and Attainment

As college completion becomes a national priority, board members must make student success and degree attainment a board priority as well.

The AGB initiative on Board Engagement in College Completion and Attainment advocated for higher education leaders to focus on the oversight and policy issues related to the national challenge of increasing student success.

Made possible by the generous support of Lumina Foundation, the 18-month initiative supported broad efforts across higher education to increase the number of degree and certificate recipients. Initiative components included:

  • A national survey of governing boards to understand their engagement in completion efforts
  • Analysis of these efforts, with a report available to all institutions to guide boardroom discussions
  • An AGB Board of Directors’ statement focused on board policies and practices for oversight of completion and student success

Additionally, AGB leveraged its statewide programs for board members and trustees to collaborate with leaders and discuss the role of boards in completion agendas. In the first 12 months alone, AGB led over a dozen statewide programs for newer board members. Our work in some 200 board rooms annually and other outreach programs enabled us to frame specific practices for governing bodies to address this overarching issue in a more coherent manner.

AGB Advisory Council for the Board Engagement in College Completion and Attainment Initiative

This council advises AGB on matters pertaining to projects and programs that encourage board engagement in college completion and degree attainment. The play an important role in focusing the national dialogue on those issues of most prominence to boards.

Mark Becker
President, Georgia State University

Joni Finney
Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Director, Institute for Research in Higher Education

Juliet Garcia
Executive Director, University of Texas Americas Institute
Former President, University of Texas at Brownsville
Member, AGB Board of Directors

Jim Geringer
Chair, Complete College America
Former Governor, Wyoming
Former Chair, AGB Board of Directors

Martha Kanter
Visiting Professor of Higher Education and Senior Fellow, New York University
Former Under Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education

David Maxwell
Former President, Drake University

Aims McGuinness
Senior Associate, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems

David Miles
Chief Executive Officer, Miles Capital
Trustee, Drake University
Vice Chair, AGB Board of Directors

George Pernsteiner
President, State Higher Education Executive Officers

Bill Trueheart
Trustee, Johnson and Wales University
Former President and CEO, Achieving the Dream, Inc.
Member, AGB Board of Directors

Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran
President, Kalamazoo College
Chair, AGB Council of Presidents

Nancy Zimpher
Chancellor, State University of New York
Member, AGB Council of Presidents