ERIC Number: ED412791
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
The Buildings and Grounds Committee. Effective Committees. Board Basics.
Flinn, Ronald T.
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
The committee on buildings and grounds of a college or university governing board is charged with the broad responsibility for overseeing an institution's physical assets: land, buildings, and equipment. Specific tasks include ensuring the adequacy and condition of capital assets, developing and periodically reviewing policies, advocating for new structures and rehabilitating or removing older structures as dictated by general board policies, controlling plant debt, and ensuring adequate levels of funding for plant maintenance. The committee should consist of about six members; the chair should be an experienced board member with an interest in campus buildings and grounds. Ideally, one or two members should be involved in architecture, engineering, contracting, or some other aspect of building; another member with real estate experience would be valuable; there should be one member from the executive committee and another from the financial committee. Meetings should address condition of plant, resource allocation, major repairs and renovations, capital construction, and status of real estate transactions. Members should also gather and analyze the policies of other institutions in such areas as saving energy, upgrading/enhancing computer facilities, raising money, maximizing space usage, charging/accounting for deferred maintenance, pooling/sharing resources. (MSE)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Administrative Policy, Agency Role, Campus Planning, College Administration, College Buildings, Committees, Deferred Maintenance, Equipment Maintenance, Facility Improvement, Facility Planning, Governance, Governing Boards, Group Membership, Higher Education, Meetings, Policy Formation, Recordkeeping, Resource Allocation, School Maintenance
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.