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November/December 2023


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Shared Governance for Agile Institutions
A Practical Guide for Universities and Colleges

By Steven C. Bahls

Higher education governing boards, faculties, and administrative leaders must better align their efforts and goals so they can respond in a timely way to the rapid changes in the sector—particularly during a period of crisis and disruption, when the margins for error are smaller. While shared governance is one of higher education’s biggest strengths, it also can be one of its most fragile elements. Colleges and universities cannot move forward without all stakeholders being committed to creative, bold, and future-oriented solutions. Too often breakdowns in shared governance set institutions back in this regard.

Elizabeth Davis
Furman University

Heather M. Fehn
Chief of Staff and Secretary to the Board of Trustees
The College of New Jersey

Richard Uchida
Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of the College
Colby College

Board members must stay ahead of complex issues that are constantly changing. These resources will help you explore and assess issues with just the right level of detail.

Find resources for your type of organization, including individual institutions, members of public university systems, and fundraising organizations.

Fulfill your specific duties—whether you serve on or support a board or board committee.

Understand the purpose, responsibilities, and composition of higher education’s key board committees.