ERIC Number: ED202316
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
How Might Statewide Boards Continue to Enhance Relationships with Their Constituents?
Lewis, Robert L.
The relationship between statewide boards of education and their constituents is considered. It is suggested that boards of education and college trustees have had little basis for a working relationship, and that colleges have felt suspicion or invasion of turf in respect to statewide boards. One hindrance is that college trustees have been entrusted with responsibilities for higher education but most of them are laypersons who have not been professionally prepared and carefully selected for their tasks. In addition, college presidents, who are the principal resource for college trustees, are not trained to prepare them. It is further suggested that college presidents are not motivated to train trustees, and that when it comes to being made aware of the real issues in higher education, the college trustee is usually the last to know. One of the things that trustees and statewide boards have in common is that both groups are almost universally disliked. Statewide boards may take positive steps by informing trustees of the board's goals. Trustees can help the situation in higher education by taking an active role in influencing colleges and universities toward programs of interinstitutional cooperation, through the statewide boards. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.; Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. Inservice Education Program.