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By AGB    //    Volume 30,  Number 2   //    March/April 2022

AGB Awarded Grant to Empower Higher Education Governing Boards’ Oversight of Equitable Student Success

AGB was awarded a grant in February 2022 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop resources for governing board oversight of equitable student success.

The project’s initial phase will focus on building a curriculum focused on equity and student success for governing boards with an emphasis on overseeing measurable outcomes. Through the AGB curriculum, boards will be able to develop the capacity to oversee student success through an equity lens to sharpen their governance policies and elevate the impact of campus-wide programs. The curriculum will highlight data on student success trends and gaps based on demographic characteristics; prioritize this work for institutional transformation, sustainability, and fiduciary duty; and identify strategies and practical resources for boards and chief executives to lead their institutions toward improved outcomes for all students.

The second phase will focus on helping boards assess the impact of AGB’s curriculum and refine it via additional tools, methods, and leading practices for boards to oversee institutional transformation for equitable student success.

“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,” said Henry Stoever, AGB president and CEO. “A vital aspect of thinking strategically is to focus on what matters most to long-term sustainability. AGB’s Principles of Trusteeship place these responsibilities on trustees as part of leading by example in championing justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. This grant will enable us to create an informative and practical curriculum with actionable recommendations and resources for boards.”

AGB Releases Top Strategic Issues for Boards 2022–2023

Top Strategic Issues for Boards 2022–2023 is AGB’s fifth biennial report that frames the greatest strategic challenges boards will be grappling with in 2022 and 2023—those that influence how each institution operates and that demand the board’s strategic oversight and vision. The report’s insights are drawn from extensive discussions with trustees, presidents and other key administrators, and AGB’s own professional staff. Top Strategic Issues details the foremost challenges facing the sector today, including but not limited to preparing a new generation of higher education leaders, risk management, fostering institutional vitality, and embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion. Its nuanced discussion invites readers to grapple with these strategic challenges and the report’s thought-provoking questions provide readers with concrete questions to bring back to their boards for consideration.

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