Each state approaches higher education governance a bit differently. Some public institutions are built into a state’s constitution. Others are created through statute. Board members can be appointed by the governor, the state legislature, or even popularly elected.
From public institution governing boards to coordinating entities to statewide higher education systems, AGB has compiled data from across the 50 states to help provide a snapshot of public higher education in America. These state profiles include all public four-year governing boards and community college system boards.