ERIC Number: ED426675
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
AGB Statement on Institutional Governance. Board Basics: The Fundamentals.
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
This statement offers guidelines, principles, and recommended practices for governing boards at institutions of higher education. First, some facts and perceptions such as the increase in number of part-time or adjunct faculty, failure of state funding to keep pace with cost increases, and public demands for greater accountability are identified. Among seven principles highlighted are the following: the ultimate responsibility for the institution rests in its governing board; boards should ensure that institutions' fiscal and managerial affairs are properly administered; and all internal stakeholder groups should be heard on governance issues. The following six standards of good practice are recommended: (1) governing boards should state explicitly who has the authority for what kinds of decisions; (2) boards and chief executives should establish deadlines for consultative and decision-making processes; (3) the board should support the chief executive while expecting candor and full information in return; (4) governing boards should assess the chief executive's performance fully and regularly; (5) boards should work to minimize ambiguous or overlapping areas of authority; and (6) internal governance arrangements should be separate from the structures and terms of collective-bargaining contracts. Also considered are relations with external stakeholders and questions to help boards assess their policies and practices. (DB)
Descriptors: Accountability, College Presidents, Decision Making, Educational Trends, Governance, Governing Boards, Higher Education, Trend Analysis
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.