ERIC Number: ED136673
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Oct
Trustees and College Failure: A Study of the Role of the Board in Four Small College Terminations.
Healy, Rose M.; Peterson, Vance T.
A study investigates the governance roles of trustees in four private colleges that were victims of fiscal pressures common to independent colleges and that did not survive. The primary concern is with the board's role prior to failure, the responsibility they bore for what happened, and the opportunities for service they may have overlooked. Eight surviving private colleges were also surveyed, and statistical comparisons were made. Characteristics of the defunct institutions' board members were found to include: role uncertainty; confrontation avoidance; personal characteristics almost identical to those of trustees whose institutions survived; fund-raising patterns identical to the other trustees; policy priorities similar to those of other trustees; a lower degree of involvement in both development and implementation of college policies in eight of fourteen policy areas. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A