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ERIC Number: ED263932
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Oct
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Board Retreat: For Listening, Learning and Understanding.
Read, James W.
Retreats, which have been used by churches and corporations for some time, are currently being looked into by college presidents and boards of trustees as a means of training and problem solving. While many types of retreats may not be appropriate for boards, a well-planned working retreat can be an effective way for trustees to: (1) really get to know one another and the backgrounds, skills, and philosophies that have shaped individual points of view; (2) become better acquainted with the college's chief executive officer (CEO), administrative staff, faculty, support staff, and student government; (3) be informed about the progress of academic programs, vocational activities, and program successes; (4) be made aware of institutional concerns, potential problems, and the need for changes in program direction or policy; and (5) plan and articulate the role and mission of the college. Retreats also furnish the environment for listening--the most important role performed by board members--to the CEO and to other members of the college community. Northeastern Junior College (NJC) holds two board workshops per year. Agendas for these meetings, developed by the CEO and the board, brought to the board's attention issues such as long-range planning, logos, building names, alcohol on campus, the need for a development office, and salary negotiation procedures. The experiences of NJC have shown that the success of retreats is affected by the attendance of all board members; adequate planning; participation by faculty, staff, and students; media awareness of the site and agenda of the meeting; sufficient time for relaxation; and the understanding by all members that the retreats are for listening, discussing, and learning, rather than decision making. (AYC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A