ERIC Number: ED412829
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Changing State Policies To Strengthen Public University and College Trustee Selection and Education. AGB Public Policy Paper Series, No. 95-2.
McDonald, Jean Graves
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
The paper presents an overview and analysis of the selection process of public college and university trustees and regents, examining the experiences of three states--Minnesota, Massachusetts, and Kentucky which use screening committees to assist governors in the selection of regents. The discussion also covers two statewide trustee orientation and in-service programs in Oklahoma and Kentucky. The report, based on interviews and analysis of legal documents and policy papers, finds that: (1) formally established screening committees can make a positive difference in the quality and integrity of regent and trustee appointments; (2) politics can be lessened but cannot and should not be removed from the process by the screening mechanisms; (3) required time commitments and open-meetings laws can hamper the work of screening committees; (4) statewide in-service and orientation sessions make a difference in how board members perceive their roles and responsibilities, maintain collegiality, and assist members in becoming more effective advocates for higher education; and (5) a crisis in the board appointment process can lead to significant changes in the process. (Contains 26 references.) (DM)
Descriptors: Board Candidates, College Administration, Collegiality, Evaluation Criteria, Governance, Governing Boards, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Institutional Administration, Legal Responsibility, Orientation, Policy Formation, Political Influences, Politics of Education, Professional Development, Public Colleges, Public Education, Recruitment, Search Committees (Personnel), State Boards of Education, State Universities, Trustees
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky; Massachusetts; Minnesota; Oklahoma