ERIC Number: ED100259
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Aug-30
Reference Count: 0
The Effective College and University Board: A Report of a National Survey of Trustees and Presidents. Final Report.
Davis, Junius A.; Batchelor, Steve A.
This study reveals significant contrasts between the perceptions of college presidents and trustees with regard to the structural and procedural characteristics of governing boards. Highlights of the report include: (1) Presidents and trustees generally agreed among themselves on characteristics perceived as negatively affecting governing board functioning, with the following three factors cited most frequently: member inexperience, understanding how a board should function, and too much time devoted to trivia. (2) Most presidents and trustees felt that more attention to long range concerns and better orientation for board members to the institution would improve board functioning. (3) More than half of the presidents rated leadership skills, community stature, and knowledgeability on higher education issues as the characteristics they believed to be most important in trustee selection. (4) The presidents and trustees of private liberal arts colleges, private universities, and public universities rated their boards as highly effective most frequently: presidents and trustees of state colleges, private junior colleges, and private black institutions tended to give their boards lower ratings. (5) The majority of presidents rated fiscal planning as the most important challenge to governing boards in the next decade. Appendixes include the elaboration of procedures employed in the survey, and comments on bias; the survey questionnaires used with trustees and presidents; and the colleges and universities, by type and membership status, included in the survey. (Author/PG)
Descriptors: Administrative Problems, Educational Administration, Governing Boards, Higher Education, Presidents, Questionnaires, Statistical Data, Surveys, Trustees
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, One Dupont Circle, Suite 720, Washington, D.C. 20036 ($5.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Research Triangle Inst., Durham, NC. Center for Educational Research and Evaluation.