ERIC Number: ED496412
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
The Art and Science of Reference Checking
Perry, Robert Hastings
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Trusteeship v12 n6 Nov-Dec 2004
If we could survey academic chief executive search committees across higher education, a composite definition of reference checking would likely include verification of factual information such as dates of employment, job titles, and responsibilities, as well as an evaluation of successful performance and leadership skills. Although everyone would acknowledge the importance of these objective and subjective measurements, it's also important to consider when and how the background check is conducted. In this article, the author discusses the advantages of using professional reference checking consultants when performing "off-list" reference checks on search finalists in order to ensure that the search committee and governing board has complete and reliable information on which to base identification and selection of successful candidates.
Descriptors: Search Committees (Personnel), Governing Boards, Personnel Selection, Consultants, Professional Services, Portfolios (Background Materials), Personnel Evaluation, Higher Education, College Presidents, Leadership Qualities, Search Strategies
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.