ERIC Number: ED496489
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Why Boards Go Bad
Chait, Richard P.
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Trusteeship v14 n3 May-Jun 2006
This article addresses the problem of inept, ineffective, and mediocre governing boards at America's colleges and universities. It maintains that substandard governance can almost always be traced to one of two culprits, or both: (1) most boards are orchestras of soloists; and (2) many boards tend to either lionize or trivialize the president. Undue deference anesthetizes some trustees, while undue arrogance emboldens others, and both are recipes for disaster. To avoid the pitfalls of misgovernance, the author suggests that a board need only adhere to a concept that trustees regularly commend to management: benchmarking. The best practices of properly and effectively functioning boards are discussed.
Descriptors: Trustees, Governing Boards, Decision Making, Board Administrator Relationship, Higher Education, Governance, Low Achievement, Accountability, Politics of Education, Quality Control, College Outcomes Assessment, Institutional Evaluation, Self Evaluation (Groups)
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.