Board Oversight of Equitable Student Success


Ensuring the quality of education provided by the institution

  • Boards must monitor and evaluate how effectively their institutions apply resources to support learning and student success. ​
  • Boards must assure that curriculum and instructional programs are equity centered and culturally responsive.

Action Items

  • Solicit data on student graduation outcomes, retention, time to degree, what happens after graduation, mobility, services students use on campus, climate, sense of belonging, GPA, etc.

Metrics and Assessment Tactics

  • Audits​
  • Accreditation​
  • Rankings from US News and World Report, Princeton Review, etc.​
  • Data by key demographic factors on measures of student success—how equitable is it​
  • National and international subject matter tests​
  • Surveys ​
  • Interviews ​
  • Institutional data ​
  • Disaggregated student satisfaction and employment in field surveys that demonstrate continued outcome equity​

Questions to Pose

  • What do we mean by quality of education? Quality for whom and for what? ​
  • Which groups do not seem to be having quality-rich experiences on our campus? ​
  • What does success look like for graduates? ​
  • How does the board advocate for the institution and interact with political leaders and funding bodies?

What does success look like?

The institution looks holistically at student experiences and outcomes during the time on campus and post-graduation, qualitatively and quantitatively.

An Institutional Example:

Xavier University of Louisiana

Ranked #4 in Social Mobility and top preparer of students for successful medical school.

“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