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ERIC Number: ED427634
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Composition of Governing Boards of Public Colleges and Universities, 1997. AGB Occasional Paper No. 37.
Madsen, Holly
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
This report presents results of a 1997 survey of the governing boards of public colleges and universities to identify trends in their membership and board policies and practices. Among highlights are the following: (1) boards have an average size of 11 members; (2) nearly half of board members are selected by gubernatorial appointment; (3) 41 percent of respondents stated that political party affiliation was important in board selection; (4) 34 percent had conducted a review of their own performance within the past 5 years; (5) more board members were female than in 1985; (6) the racial and ethnic composition of boards has not changed significantly since 1985; (7) 62 percent of board members are aged 40 to 59; (8) almost 37 percent of board members are business executives; (9) less than 1 percent of board members are members of other college/university boards; and (10) approximately 3 percent of members serve on corporate boards and more than 4 percent serve on boards of other nonprofit organizations. Analysis of the 293 responses are presented in text and graphics. Data detailed cover board size and member characteristics including gender, race/ethnicity, age, and primary occupations. Data on board policies and practices are presented concerning the following aspects: required members, members serving on other boards, length of terms and limits, meetings, and performance reviews. (DB)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.
Note: For related reports, see HE 031 886-888.