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ERIC Number: ED517380
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 52
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
State Governance Action Report, 2008
Ogle, Greg
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
This is the fifth edition of the State Governance Action Report that has been produced since 2000 by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges' (AGB's) Ingram Center for Public Trusteeship and Governance. Focusing primarily on state and higher education policies directly affecting governance, trusteeship, and institutionally related foundations, this issue of the Report reminds everyone that America's unique form of governance remains unsettled in many states and subject to tinkering in several others. Much of the policy discussions and legislation described in this issue is intended to improve board, trustee, and institutional performance and the achievement of state goals and higher education agendas. Long-term measurable results, however, may be hard to assess. The budget shortfalls noted in the Report also affect public institutions' relationships with their states as proposals to either reexamine or restructure governance, accountability, and reporting requirements emerge from state policymakers. Some institutions have realized that the state is no longer the senior partner in terms of investment, but still the senior partner in terms of control. Without question, the national imperative to educate more students successfully until completion of a degree or certificate has major implications for governance, including the ability of governance systems to leverage improved performance from the institutions they oversee. The uncertain fiscal climate and budget shortfalls affect not only college and university operations, but also student access and affordability. Nevertheless, adhering to their public missions, many institutions are willing to commit to affordability, cost management and productivity, higher degree productivity, and transparency facilitated by effective governance. The emerging College Promise project undertaken by New Jersey's state colleges and universities, still being finalized this summer, may be the best example. But several statewide efforts described in this report are underway to address these issues and create a broad public agenda for higher education: Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Ohio, and Texas, just to name some. [For "State Governance Action Report, 2007", see ED517373.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB), Ingram Center for Public Trusteeship and Governance
Identifiers - Location: United States