Board Oversight of Equitable Student Success


Co-creating, approving, and monitoring the progress of the strategic plan​

  • Strategic plans are used to set priorities, focus attention and resources, and establish the institution’s direction in response to a changing environment.
  • The plan should demonstrate full transparency from initiation to completion.

Action Items

  • Make sure the strategic plan is up to date and reflects equity-centered goals​.
  • Assure broad constituent engagement has been a part of the development process and review of the plan.
  • Conduct a fully involving environmental scan and situational assessment at the onset of plan development.

Metrics and Assessment Tactics

  • Review contents of the strategic plan.
  • Develop a rubric and use it for document analysis.
  • Ask questions to ensure that the strategic plan aligns to spoken goals.
  • Assure spoken goals align with the mission​.
  • Assess plan plausibility and risks​.

Questions to Pose

  • When is the last time the strategic plan was updated? ​
  • How has our institution or student, staff, or faculty demographic groups changed? ​
  • What changes do we anticipate? ​
  • Does the plan articulate equity goals with metrics and milestones?​

What does success look like?

An up-to-date strategic plan that is reflective of current (and anticipated) demographics and goals and has clearly stated outcome goals for equity.

Annual reports demonstrate progress toward goals.

The board aligns strategic plan goals with budget allocations and invests in equitable student success.

An Institutional Example:

Prairie View A&M and Texas A&M System Board of Regents

A comprehensive strategic plan that addresses access and affordability​.

“We are excited to work with the Gates Foundation to develop and provide board members with resources to help them oversee and advance student success. This grant will allow us to create an informative and practical curriculum for boards with actionable recommendations and resources.”

Henry Stoever

President and CEO, AGB