ERIC Number: ED412839
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Information Systems for Boards of Theological Seminaries. AGB Occasional Paper No. 11.
Butler, Lawrence M.
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
This paper summarizes the specialized requirements for management information of boards of trustees of theological seminaries. The well-designed information system is seen to take advantage of member skills, board structure, agenda setting, and both formal and informal information flows. Inadequacies of poorly-designed systems include: (1) administrative versus governance perspective; (2) lack of strategic relevance; (3) data overload; (4) inappropriate levels of detail; (5) individual trustee versus whole board education; (6) disregard for trustee time constraints; (7) reliance on the anecdotal and episodic; and (8) inadequate guidance for action. Board information systems aimed at correcting these inadequacies are addressed in terms of service mix, service quality, resource acquisition, resource management, and institutional mission. It is suggested that reports, both quantitative and narrative, will be useful to the board to the degree that they display sensitivity to values and mission, focus on strategic issues, selectivity in structure, use of norms and comparative data, and graphical displays. The timing of a board's consideration of its own process is also discussed. Appendices provide an outline of strategic decision making and a format for evaluation of board information systems. (BF)
Descriptors: Accountability, Church Related Colleges, College Planning, Decision Making, Formative Evaluation, Governance, Governing Boards, Higher Education, Information Management, Information Needs, Institutional Mission, Legal Responsibility, Management Information Systems, Mission Statements, Nonprofit Organizations, Planning, Religious Organizations, Self Evaluation (Groups), Strategic Planning, Summative Evaluation, Theological Education, Trustees, Value Judgment
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.