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ERIC Number: ED412847
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
A Prescription for Small, Private Colleges. AGB Occasional Paper No. 20.
Cowan, Ruth B.
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
Trustees at three small, independent colleges were interviewed to determine how trustees could contribute to a college's revitalization. Based on these interviews, several ways in which trustees can help individually and collectively with a college's revitalization were identified. The three colleges were located in different states and regions and in both rural and urban areas. All were church-related and one was a historically Black institution. Seven key essential characteristics of supportive and effective trustees were identified. Successful trustee boards: (1) enjoyed the president's commitment to partnership; (2) had a chair who exercised leadership; (3) governed themselves responsibly by establishing structure and procedures and selecting members to meet the college's diverse needs and ensure their own ongoing development; (4) fulfilled their corporate responsibilities; (5) made high-level psychological and resource commitments including high levels of personal financial contribution and assistance with funds solicitation; (6) maintained multiple, constructive relationships; and (7) stayed informed. During periods of institutional decay, these characteristics were found to be absent but during periods of renewal, they were present. (JLS)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.
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