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November 14, 2019

More on Tuition and Student Finances

Higher education finance is a complex and hotly debated topic among lawmakers and…
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November 8, 2019

Campus Mental Health: Is New Infrastructure Needed?

Imagine the most complicated of traffic intersections: Washington, D.C.’s Dupont Circle, for example.…
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November 7, 2019

Getting Your Board into Strategy Mode

Let’s be honest. The term “strategic” is treated reverentially in our line of…
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November 7, 2019

Institutional Advocacy: Diversity at Colorado College

Over the last decade, the importance of campus diversity has struck a chord…
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November 1, 2019

Institutional Aid and Student Debt

American higher education has long been seen by individuals, as well as by…
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October 26, 2019

Ensuring Best Practices for Presidential Searches

One of the most important fiduciary responsibilities of governing boards is selecting, supporting,…
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October 24, 2019

Institutional Advocacy: Colby College and Downtown Waterville

Waterville, Maine, a city of less than 17,000, recently found itself in an…
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October 24, 2019

Avoid Risk to Your Board’s Data

The proliferation of such productivity tools as email, social media, and remote file…
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October 24, 2019

Leadership and Accountability

As you prepare for your fall board meetings focused on advancing your students’…
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October 21, 2019

Expanding into New Markets with Research: Why and How?

This blog post is provided by AGB's Sustaining Champion, RNL. It has never…
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October 15, 2019

Your Board Must Do the Work of the Governance Committee If You Don’t Have One!

The right people, focused on the right issues, with the right relationships—those are…
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October 11, 2019

Institutional Advocacy: CSUniverse

California State University recently released a new digital publication titled “CSUniverse.” Its entire…
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October 3, 2019

Boards Assisting Universities and Colleges to Address Student Wellness Concerns on a Broader Level

This blog post is provided by AGB's Sustaining Sponsor, Baker Tilly. A student’s…
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September 30, 2019

What Do We Know about the Next Generation of Donors?

Who are today’s and tomorrow’s donors and how are they different from previous…
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September 30, 2019

Why Should Accreditors Have Governance Standards?

In his September update to members, AGB President and Chief Executive Officer Henry…
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September 23, 2019

Nominate Your Exceptional Board for the John W. Nason Award!

What is the John W. Nason Award? Each year the Association of Governing…
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August 29, 2019

Enhancing the AGB Member Experience

The new academic year is upon us and colleges and universities are in…
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August 1, 2019

Writing Our Next Chapter

As I assume the presidency of AGB, I look forward to helping write…
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July 18, 2019

Innovative Approaches to Enhance Student Learning

Innovation in higher education is positively influencing student learning outcomes. More institutions are…
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July 10, 2019

Using Data to Drive Innovation in Higher Education

Sometimes, members of the public claim that colleges and universities are stuck in…
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June 27, 2019

The Importance of Staying the Course in Good Times and Bad

This blog post is provided by AGB Sustaining Sponsor Strategic Investment Group. As…
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June 25, 2019

Another Day, Another Scandal, and Another Wake-Up Call for College and University Boards

As the court proceedings and fallout from the Varsity Blues college admissions fraud…
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June 18, 2019

State Policies and Higher Education Governance—2019 Trends and Issues

As the end of June approaches, it means that most 2019 state legislative…
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June 17, 2019

Six Guiding Principles for Effective Student Retention

What are the student retention best practices we should use on our campus?…
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June 4, 2019

The Guardians Initiative: Advocacy Resources and Examples

In 2017, AGB introduced The Guardians Initiative, an effort to engage college and…
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May 16, 2019

Admissions Integrity: Hard Questions Board Members Should Be Asking

This blog post is provided by AGB's Sustaining Sponsor, Baker Tilly. It’s no…
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May 3, 2019

Engaging the Board of Trustees

Our experience has taught us that it is increasingly important to develop a…
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March 22, 2019

Perhaps Not So Simple

AGB recently published an “anatomy” of good governance, arguing that the right combination…
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March 7, 2019

“Soft” Strength: A Solid Foundation Starts at the Top

From new student demographics to dramatically different workforce needs to the advent of…
2019 National Conference on Trusteeship Blog Post
February 26, 2019

Responding to the Call for Equity: What Every Board Member Should Know

Along with financial challenges, the importance of equitable educational outcomes predominates the concerns…
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December 13, 2018

Investment Committee Succession Planning

Every investment committee should have a succession plan with three primary goals: preserving…
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December 3, 2018

Presidents & Boards: Cultivating a Seamless Partnership

Votes of “no confidence” by faculty members in their president receive media coverage…
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December 3, 2018

The Value of Higher Education and Civic Engagement

College graduates make good citizens by participating in the voting process. But college…
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November 30, 2018

Doubling Down on Institution-Foundation Relationships

The work of public university foundations is being reimagined in exciting ways. At…
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November 28, 2018

Restructuring or Consolidating State Higher Education Systems

Public higher education governance and oversight have been under review in state capitals…
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November 12, 2018

What’s The Value of Higher Ed? Cultivating Engaged Citizens

Last month, we explored the value that colleges and universities contribute to the economy by fostering…
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November 8, 2018

When a Crisis Goes Viral: A Test of Leadership for Board Chairs and Presidents

In recent years governing boards and campus leadership have become more strategic about…
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November 6, 2018

What Makes Up Good Governance?

The below post is excerpted and adapted from AGB's signature publication, An Anatomy…
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October 23, 2018

Optimizing the Selection of Investment Committee Members

As we shared in Endowment Management for Higher Education, optimizing the selection of investment…
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September 6, 2018

Effective Enterprise Leadership

A growing number of college and university presidents are coming from outside academia.…
Briefs
July 18, 2018

Guidelines for Reviewing State Higher Education Governance Structures

Across the nation, state elected leaders periodically mandate a review or propose legislation…
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April 12, 2018

The Benefits of Presidential Assessment

Every college and university president needs to be assessed by themselves, by their…
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August 29, 2017

Board Chair-President Relations: Strong and Balanced, But Not Exclusive

By Merrill Schwartz Managing communication in a world of instant messaging is a…
Briefs
April 17, 2017

Sunshine Laws in Higher Education

Public higher education is a major recipient of state funding and resources.  As…
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October 18, 2016

You’ve Just Been Elected Board Chair, Now What?

By Trudi Blair You’re the new chair of your board: congratulations!  Below are…
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October 4, 2016

The Nature of the Foundation-Institution Partnership

It would seem logical that an institutionally related foundation should develop a strategic…
Briefs
September 20, 2016

Annual Presidential Assessment

TAKEAWAYS Assessment of the president is one of the board’s most important responsibilities.…
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March 3, 2016

Make Presidential Assessment Routine

Bryant Cureton is the president emeritus of Elmhurst College and a senior consultant…
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March 1, 2016

Presidential Assessments That Make a Difference

Performance evaluations in all kinds of industries make most people anxious, and presidential…
Briefs
January 22, 2015

Comprehensive Presidential Assessment

TAKEAWAYS A comprehensive presidential assessment is a regular event, conducted every 3 –…
Briefs
January 22, 2015

Presidential Assessment

TAKEAWAYS Presidential assessment is one of the board’s most critical responsibilities because it…
Briefs
January 22, 2015

Board Standing Committee Charters

TAKEAWAYS The number of board standing committees varies by institution type and size;…
Briefs
September 5, 2013

Building Public Governing Board Capacity Through State-Level Education Programs for College and University Board Members

State policymakers and the public at large have a vested interest in the…
Briefs
July 22, 2013

Building Public Governing Board Capacity: Suggestions and Recommendations to Governors and State Legislatures for Improving the Selection and Composition of Public College and University Board Members

The challenges facing public higher education are placing new demands and pressures on…
Briefs
April 1, 2011

Risk Management: A Governance Brief

TAKEAWAYS Board members must ensure that the institution treats risk as inevitable. The…