ERIC Number: ED431499
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
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Local Trustee Education Programs in California Community Colleges. Results of a Survey.
This document reports the results of a survey conducted in the summer of 1998. Community college districts in California was surveyed on their practices regarding local board education and development programs. Approximately 80% of the districts, or 57 districts, responded. The study found that less than one-third of the districts had a written policy regarding trustee education, and that 75% of the districts used the League's Trustee Handbook for local trustee education. All but two boards reported using either study sessions during or in lieu of board meetings and/or retreats for board education. Retreats were the most common approach used, with 75% of boards holding retreats at least once a year. Mentoring is only used in about 30% of the districts surveyed. In addition, in all but one of the districts, trustees attend one or more of the League's conferences. Conferences were identified as the most effective method of trustee education, followed by board retreats (with outside facilitators), study sessions, and local trustee orientation. Based upon these findings, the report offers a number of recommendations to the Community College League of California. Many of the recommendations encouraged the League to support the activities mentioned above, as well as to develop guidelines for mentoring programs and to provide examples of board education policy statements and local trustee handbooks. (TGO)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Community Coll. League of California, Sacramento.