Get answers to frequently asked questions.
The program is designed for board professionals—the professionals who support the president or CEO of the institution and the board of trustees. Board members and chief executives are encouraged to register for Board Member Orientation. This course serves as a virtual orientation on governance and is recommended for all trustees.
The first three lessons of the program will be available July 1, 2022. The course is self-paced, and you can start and complete it based on your schedule and processing of resources. There are no time limits for the lessons or for completion of the program.
Do I have to finish an entire lesson within a certain limit of time to receive the certificate once I begin it?
No. You will be able to stop a lesson and pick back up where you left off. You determine the pace you will go through the program.
We anticipate that each lesson will take 60 to 75 minutes, not including assignments or resource reading.
Yes, the full course will be online. However, optional in-person convenings will be available for individuals enrolled in the program when they attend AGB events.
Will there be any opportunity for interaction with other board professionals who are enrolled in the course?
Yes, there will be opportunities to engage with other participants and facilitators.
No. The application process verifies that you qualify for the program. After reviewing your application, AGB will contact you within 48 hours with information regarding enrollment or a request for a conversation for clarification, with possible suggestions.
No. Continuing education units are not available for this program.
No. AGB does not require approval from your supervisor. However, we believe it would be beneficial to let your supervisor know about your enrollment since some of the lessons require a conversation with your board chair or president.
The program is AGB member-exclusive and is complimentary.
Complete all the assignments outlined in the program. The course is designed to include information that can be used throughout your career. Many of the assignments will ask you to have conversations with colleagues, the president, and trustees. Your involvement in the program will show that you are serious about advancing your career.
How will the program help me to support leadership and the board of my higher education institution or foundation?
The program has been designed by successful board professionals for board professionals. Each lesson provides the key to becoming a more supportive and strategic board professional.
How will the program assist me in becoming more engaged with the network of other board professionals?
Peer-to-peer sessions will be arranged for you to have intentional networking with other board professionals. To connect with other board professionals, we encourage you to register for the BP Community, consider joining the Board Professionals Leadership Group, and participate in live in-person opportunities at the Board Professionals Conference.
If I have less than three years of experience as a board professional, can I still benefit from enrolling in the program?
Yes, you can still benefit from the program. We recommend reading The Role of the Board Professional by Charlene K. Reed to provide a foundation that will help you be successful in completing the program.
That is a personal decision. It depends on your level of comfort and willingness to put in the time in building a foundation for the program.
Yes, this will be shared in the response to your application.
There are 10 lessons designed for this program. It is possible that we will add future lessons.