ERIC Number: ED496502
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Do We Make the Grade?
Ewell, Peter T.
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Trusteeship v14 n6 Nov-Dec 2006
Board members are accustomed to looking after the financial health of their institutions by reviewing budgets, revenue projections, capital needs, or the approval of specific expenditures. At many institutions the board only rarely gets to look directly at the heart of the academic enterprise: the quality of teaching and learning. However, growing public scrutiny and competition for the most desirable students is an extremely important factor in an institution's prosperity. In this article, the author argues that ensuring academic quality is a fiduciary responsibility, and that boards should take this responsibility seriously. He suggests several ways of asking about the quality of education at an institution and of determining what the board's role should be in improving it.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Governing Boards, Educational Quality, Outcomes of Education, Academic Achievement, Leadership Responsibility, Administrator Role, Quality Control
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.