Board Oversight of Equitable Student Success


Engaging regularly with the institution’s major constituencies

  • Boards will be visible and accessible and responsive to students, staff, faculty, presidents, alumni, the community, etc. in a fashion that aligns with their roles. 

Action Items

  • Work with the president to set key meetings.
  • Solicit reports or regular updates and encourage opportunities for conversation and social interaction at board meetings.

Metrics and Assessment Tactics

  • Agenda items  ​
  • Minutes  ​
  • Campus survey​
  • Board survey​

Questions to Pose

  • Who are the major constituencies the board should interact with? ​
  • Are CDOs, HR officers and others essential to equity in communication with boards?  ​
  • How do we learn about the experiences of current students?​  

What does success look like?

Boards have a working knowledge of the organizational chart and key players.

Boards understand student needs.

Boards know who is accountable for what and to whom.

An Institutional Example:

Virginia Commonwealth University

The board of visitors of VCU established a Committee on Commemorations and Memorials to conduct extensive listening sessions and examine and make recommendations regarding those for Confederate leaders on or adjacent to campus, then took action to decommission them.​

VCU Committee on Commemoration and Memorials Forum for Public Comment
Extraordinary Board Leadership: The Inspiring Stories of the 2022 Nason Award Winners

“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