On March 12, the FBI announced that 50 individuals were charged with participating in a nationwide conspiracy that facilitated cheating at several high-profile colleges and universities. The governing boards of these institutions are now being asked to answer to students, faculty, state and federal lawmakers, and the public—how could this happen? This is the latest controversy that has rocked higher education, tainting its reputation and catalyzing scrutiny along with negative sentiment throughout the country. Scandals abound, from issues related to athletics, fraternities and sororities, to sexual assault and harassment.
As fiduciaries, boards have the ultimate authority for the institutions they govern. They are responsible for the institutions they serve and have a duty—a legal obligation—to ask difficult questions, to understand risk, and to ensure that appropriate policies and procedures are in place to maintain the integrity of their academic communities.
Attendees will participate in discussions with three governance experts as they sort through why and how boards should step up to the plate and govern effectively before, during, and after crises. Attendees will come away with an understanding of questions to ask, resources to reference, and potential strategies to implement, now or in the future.
- Rick Legon, president, AGB; board member, Spelman College
- Janice M. Abraham, president, United Educators
- Terrence MacTaggart, former chancellor, Minnesota State University System and University of Maine System