ERIC Number: ED486391
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Policies, Practices, and Composition of Governing Boards of Public 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 the governing boards of colleges and universities in the United States regarding board composition and selected board polices and practices. This report summarizes the data and examines trends for public colleges and universities based on surveys completed by 352 public college and university governing boards. Reports such as this 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 the boards of all public institutions and by type of public institution (178 two-year, 136 four-year, and 38 systems). The survey results reveal the range of practices and trends in 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; (8) service on other types of boards; (9) use of executive session; (10) frequency and length of meetings; (11) most common committees; (12) annual contributions from trustees; (13) written policies for removing board members; and (14) board assessment practices. Two different but parallel survey instruments were used--one for public and one for independent institutions. The surveys were conducted electronically using the services of Peerfocus, Inc. Many items were included from previous AGB surveys on board composition, policies, and practices, allowing for comparisons of results over time. New items regarding issues of current concern were added. Responses were confidential, and data are reported only in aggregate form. Completed surveys were returned by 352 colleges, universities, and systems. The total includes 136 four-year institutions, 178 two-year institutions, and 38 systems. Surveys were sent to approximately 740 public institutions, including all AGB-member public institutions as well as nonmember four-year institutions. A precise count is not possible due to undeliverable e-mail. The response rate was approximately 48 percent.
Descriptors: Universities, Public Colleges, Governing Boards, Surveys, Trend Analysis, Trustees, Age, Retirement, Sex, Race, Meetings, Professional Occupations
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.