ERIC Number: ED194149
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Better Board Meetings in Less Time.
Botch, Ray; Cartwright, Janet
Based upon the experiences of Black Hawk College (BHC), this two-part report presents guidelines for the effective administration of the meetings of a college's board of trustees. The report first discusses board composition and argues that large boards only complicate and slow down the decision-making process. Specific board responsibilities are then enumerated, and BHC's orientation program for new board members is described. The responsibilities and desirable characteristics of a board's chairperson are then outlined as they relate to conducting meetings and fostering the cooperation of all board members. The report then examines the need for policy statements, regulations, data, and documents that can assure consistency in board administration, and concludes with a discussion of the trustee's role. The second section of the report focuses on the methods used at BHC to prepare for and conduct board meetings. Issues to be considered in agenda development are considered first, including the realization that other college groups, such as advisory committees and faculty associations, may be better suited to making decisions in certain areas. The rationale for the monthly meeting schedule of BHC's board is presented prior to an outline of the agenda system, which incorporates a fixed schedule and a color coding scheme, to facilitate its use. Finally, the report discusses the use of executive and special sessions. (JP)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Black Hawk Coll., Moline, IL.