Policies, Practices, and Composition of Governing Boards of Colleges, Universities, and Institutionally Related Foundations 2021



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Policies, Practices, and Composition 2021


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AGB has been collecting data and tracking trends on the composition of college and university governing boards since the late 1960s, and on the composition of foundation governing boards since 1985. Policies, Practices, and Composition of Governing Boards of Colleges, Universities, and Institutionally Related Foundations 2021 and its predecessors are intended to spark dialogue about the future of higher education governance, including board capacity and functionality.  

The difficulty, complexity, and scope of issues boards must address have increased over time—even prior to the global disruption wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic during the time this survey instrument was in the field. The 2020 Policies, Practices, and Composition Survey was completed by respondents on behalf of 117 public governing boards, 325 independent governing boards, and 97 foundations.

 Some of the key items covered in the 2021 edition include the following:  

  • Board member demographics (including race/ethnicity, gender, age, and occupation)
  • Boards’ policies and plans for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) (including board diversification overall, areas of board diversification, and DE&I plans)
  • Board policies and practices for board member terms and limits, board meetings, and annual giving
  • Board size and structure


  • Foreword by Henry Stoever  
  • Executive Summary  
  • Introduction  
  • Section I: Characteristics of Independent and Public College and University Governing Boards  
    • Board Size  
    • Board Demographics  
    • Board Chair Profile  
    • Board Diversity and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) Planning  
    • Board Occupations  
    • Service on Other Boards  
    • Representative Seats on Other Boards  
  • Section II: Board Policies and Practices  
    • Methods of Selection at Public Institutions  
    • Board Member Terms and Limits  
    • Provisions for Removing Board Members  
    • Board Chair Selections, Terms, and Limits  
    • Annual Giving  
    • Board Meetings  
    • Board Website  
    • Board Education  
    • Presidential Search  
    • Institutional Auxiliaries  
    • Board Committees  
  • Section III: Institutionally Related Foundations 
    • Foundation Characteristics 
    • Endowments 
    • Multiple Foundations 
    • Operating Budget 
    • Foundation-Institution Relationship 
    • Practices Supporting Effective Foundation-Institution Partnerships 
    • Overall Foundation Functions 
    • Characteristics of Foundation Boards 
    • Foundation Board Policies and Practices 
  • Conclusion 
  • Appendix 
  • Notes 

Title Information

  • A bulk discount is available for orders of 10 or more copies 
  • Publication Year: 2021  
  • ISBN: 978-1-951635-18-3 
  • 104 pages  

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