Board Oversight of Equitable Student Success

Explore board responsibilities for equitable student success.

At any given point, boards play an integral role in equitable student success. Just because boards are not on the campuses and involved in the day-to-day operations of the institution does not mean boards cannot (and do not) impact what is happening among the students, staff, and faculty. It is important for boards to assess the role they play in advancing or impeding student success.

Below we highlight roles and responsibilities that boards can take on in an effort to advance student success.

Establishing, disseminating, and keeping current the mission of the institution

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Selecting, supporting, and assessing the chief executive of the institution/system

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

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Ensuring the institution’s fiscal integrity, preserving and protecting its assets for posterity, and engaging directly in fundraising and philanthropy​

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Ensuring the quality of education provided by the institution

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Safeguarding both the autonomy of the institution and the related tradition of academic freedom

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Ensuring that the policies and processes of the institution remain current and are properly implemented

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Engaging regularly with the institution’s major constituencies

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Ensuring that the board’s business is conducted in an exemplary fashion, that its governance policies and practices are kept current, and that the performance of the board, its committees, and its members are periodically assessed​

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“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