ERIC Number: ED471257
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Sep
Pursuing the Public's Agenda: Trustees in Partnership with State Leaders.
MacTaggart, Terrence J; Mingle, James R.
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
By offering educational programs to large numbers of citizens, public higher education creates multiple social and economic benefits for a state and its people. Beyond overseeing these programs, however, boards have an obligation to ensure that state institutions address their state's economic development needs. The question is whether institutions should go beyond this basic agenda to address other social issues that affect learning and living well. This booklet addresses the issues involved in developing and implementing a public agenda for economic and social well-being. In most states, public institutions of higher education have the opportunity to use circumstance and leadership to improve the lot of the state's people. In states in which the public agenda works, it is usually predicated on particular aspects, including political leadership, vision, well-designed initiatives effective governance, financial resources, and aggressive public campaigns. The experiences of four states in which the public agenda has been effectively designed and executed are described. These states--Illinois, Kentucky, Oregon, and Texas--provide lessons for other state institutions as they pursue a public agenda. Some next steps are outlined in the pursuit a public agenda for well-being in the state and the United States as a whole. Ten resources for further reading are described. (SLD)
Descriptors: Agenda Setting, Governing Boards, Higher Education, Public Colleges, Social Action, Social Change, Trustees
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Lumina Foundation for Education, Indianapolis, IN.
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.
Note: Support also provided by the Houston Endowment, Inc. and the Atlantic Philanthropies.