ERIC Number: ED387897
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
A Profile of Catholic School Boards: Results from the NABE Survey.
Convey, John J.
In her book "Building Better Boards," Sister Lourdes Sheehan listed eight reasons for establishing and fostering Catholic education boards. This paper presents findings of a study that gathered information about boards in different types of Catholic elementary and secondary schools. A national survey of almost 1,400 Catholic schools received 806 completed questionnaires, most of which (92 percent) were completed by principals. Respondents assigned a grade of "A" to 25 percent of the boards and a "B" to 44 percent. Boards spent the majority of their time on the following issues--budget and finance, development and funding, planning, policy, and marketing/public relations/recruitment. Their five most important accomplishments were reported to be development and fund raising, financial stability, long-range planning, building upgrade, and marketing/public relations/recruitment. Effective boards took ownership of issues, developed and defended policy, offered financial advice, enabled strategic planning, and served as a good public-relations resource. Boards provided an opportunity to involve the laity, particularly parents of children in Catholic schools. It is recommended that boards and other governance structures help principals achieve the levels of spiritual, educational, and managerial leadership expected of a Catholic school administrator. Fourteen tables are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Catholic Educational Association (Cincinnati, OH, April 18-21, 1995).