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ERIC Number: ED486386
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 27
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-0-9754-9484-8
Policies, Practices, and Composition of Governing Boards of Independent Colleges and Universities, 2004
Schwartz, Merrill; Akins, Louis
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
In 2004, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) surveyed higher education governing boards in the United States regarding board composition and selected polices and practices. This report summarizes the data and examines trends for independent college and university governing boards, based on surveys completed by almost 500 independent institutions. A separate report summarizes the results of a survey of public colleges and universities. The reports provide trustees, presidents, staff, and scholars with a basis for comparing the attributes of their own institution's board with those of other institutions. Data are reported for all independent institutions (494) and by type of institution (two-year, four-year, and specialized). The survey results reveal the range of practices and trends with regard to the following: (1) age, gender, and race; (2) occupations; (3) board size; (4) mandatory retirement age; (5) length of terms for trustees and chairs; (6) attendance; (7) service on other types of boards; (8) use of executive session; (9) frequency and length of meetings; (10) most common committees; (11) annual contributions from trustees; (12) written policies for removing board members; and (13) board assessment practices. Historic data were drawn primarily from previous surveys conducted by AGB in 1998, 1997, 1991, 1986, and 1985. Additional sources were used for data on the racial composition of boards in the early and mid-1900s.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.
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