ERIC Number: ED423775
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Bridging the Gap between State Government and Public Higher Education.
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
This report presents findings of an 18-month study to find out how state political and education leaders gauge the performance of citizen boards of trustees and to assess the overall condition of academic governance. The study included interviews with more than 250 state officials and education leaders, site visits to seven states, and an independent telephone survey of political leaders in 18 states. Major findings are reported under the rubric of five themes: (1) preparing for the future; (2) serving in the public interest; (3) navigating a new political environment; (4) balancing board responsiveness with policy independence; and (5) removing obstacles to effective public trusteeship. The report's findings lead to recommendations for information, collaboration, and reform. These recommendations urge a collaborative effort between national organizations representing state political leaders and higher education institutions that would address governance issues, strengthen the performance of public higher education boards, and forge more effective relationships between state institutions and state governments. Appendices provide information about the study's methodology and site visits, an analysis of the opinion survey of state policymakers, and a list of the individuals interviewed. (DB)
Descriptors: Accountability, Cooperative Programs, Governance, Governing Boards, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Institutional Autonomy, Politics of Education, Public Colleges, State Government, State Universities, Trustees
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.
Note: A separately bound report summary is included.