ERIC Number: ED105780
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
The Future of Trusteeship. The Role and Responsibilities of College and University Boards.
Nason, John W.
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
The future role and responsibilities of the trustees and regents of postsecondary education in the U.S. in the last quarter of the twentieth century is examined. The thesis of this essay is that the governing boards of higher education, if they are prepared to rise to the opportunities, have a more important role in the years ahead than at any time in this century. It is important for trustees to be clear about their responsibilities, not only because they have too often neglected them in the past, but also because under pressures of changed conditions some of them are assuming new shapes. What might be called the standard responsibilities include the selection, retention and termination of appointment of the officer, attention to financial controls and financial support, the physical assets of maintenance of the institution, and the development of good public relations. In these four areas trustees need to step up their activities in degree rather than in kind. Once directions have been agreed upon, it is the responsibility of governing boards to examine progress and to assess institutional performance. Only strong boards that command public respect for the kind of job they are doing can effectively champion institutional autonomy. And finally, trustees must evaluate their own performance. To do what comes naturally is no longer good enough. A superior performance will require careful thought about what the board does and how effectively it does it. (Author/PG)
Descriptors: Administrative Policy, Administrator Responsibility, Administrator Role, Administrators, Educational Administration, Governing Boards, Higher Education, Trustees
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.
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