ERIC Number: ED469363
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Local Trustees Orientation and Education.
Smith, Cindra J.
This 1999 overview details the processes involved in trustee education and board development for the California Community Colleges. The paper argues that becoming an effective trustee and making positive contributions to the board requires ongoing education. The variety of strategies used by community colleges for orienting new trustees includes individual orientation sessions, college and program tours, and mentoring. In a 1998 survey of California boards, 75% reported holding a retreat at least once a year, 54% reported holding study sessions as part of board meetings, and 56% reported holding study sessions in lieu of board meetings. Virtually all districts in the survey used at least one of these three approaches, and many used more than one. This report offers a curriculum for trustee education, which covers the following topics: institutional knowledge and awareness; community college history, mission, and structure; community and region, including demographics and social, cultural, and economic influences; the Board of Trustees, including roles, responsibilities and laws; and trusteeship, including standards of practice and protocol. The overview also includes guidelines for CEOs and chairs' roles in trustee orientation. Sample plans, policies, and procedures from six California community colleges are provided. (Contains 14 references.) (NB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Community Coll. League of California, Sacramento.