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By AGB    //    Volume 28,  Number 2   //    March/April 2020

Four New AGB Books Available this Spring

AGB publications is releasing four new books in March and April. These new titles will be available in print or e-book editions, with e-book formats available free to AGB members as part of membership benefits. See AGB.org/member-benefits/ for more details.

Risk Management: An Accountability Guide for University and College Boards, 2nd Edition will be released in March. The new edition of this AGB top seller from United Educators CEO Janice Abraham and three colleagues explores how higher education risk management efforts should evolve toward greater maturity and sharpens the focus on reputational and compliance risks—growing areas of concern for colleges and universities. Abraham and colleague Sarah Braughler will host a concurrent session on managing reputational risk at AGB’s National Conference on Trusteeship in April.

Understanding Enrollment Management: A Guide for College and University Board Members by enrollment management scholars Don Hossler and Jerry Lucido, both of USC’s Rossier School of Education, shows boards the market, demographic, and policy factors that shape college enrollment strategies, which have profound implications for institutional viability and fidelity to mission. Boards must comprehend how these external factors affect enrollment horizons while monitoring over time key indicators of institutional health such as tuition discounting and financial aid ratios, student debt loads, and student retention and graduation rates—things that institutions can positively control. Moreover, as Hossler and Lucido demonstrate, how the board organizes itself to perform this strategic oversight is as important as what data it monitors. This book will be released in March.

Top Strategic Issues for Boards 2020-2021 is set for release at the National Conference on Trusteeship. This new edition of the biennial publication from AGB highlights key areas that boards need to track to lead with confidence in an era of challenge and opportunity for higher education institutions. The key issues identified are: Restoring public confidence in higher education; meeting students’ needs and bridging societal divides; strengthening governing board capability and accountability; preparing for further market disruptions; helping presidents and institutions innovate; and, managing a range of risks.

Crisis Leadership for Boards and Presidents: Anticipating, Managing, and Leading Beyond is, in the words of its author, Terrence MacTaggart, “a how-to book designed to enable boards of trustees and presidents to lead their institutions through inevitable crises.”

MacTaggart, who is a former chancellor of both the Minnesota State University and the University of Maine systems, and a senior fellow of AGB, notes that the book offers advice on how to anticipate crises before they occur, how to prepare for the unavoidable ones, and how to navigate crises. MacTaggart’s key takeaway: make the best use of a crisis to build a more alert, sensitive, and resilient board and leadership culture moving forward. MacTaggart will host two sessions on crisis leadership at AGB’s National Conference on Trusteeship.

Upcoming Webinar

An Integrated Approach to Data-Rich Decision-Making

March 19, 2020, 1:00–2:00 p.m., Eastern Time

Today campus leaders must work harder and more collaboratively than ever to recruit, retain, and graduate students. Much of that collaboration begins with a more holistic approach to data and analytics. This webinar explores how colleges and universities around the country are using integrated data—both internal and external—to:

■ View students through the lens of consumer data, gaining a deeper understanding of behaviors and habits;
■ Link enrollment and retention data, allowing for more personalized and effective strategies to support each; and
■ Contextualize performance by benchmarking against performance of peers.

Register for the webinar at AGB.org/events/webinars/.

Calendar of Events

Institute for Board Leaders and Chief Executives of Public Universities and Systems
April 4–5, 2020 Washington, DC

2020 National Conference on Trusteeship
April 5–7, 2020 Washington, DC

Institute for Foundation Board Leaders and Chief Executives
June 22–24, 2020 Aspen, Colorado

Institute for Board Chairs and Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities
June 22–24, 2020 Aspen, Colorado

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