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ERIC Number: ED545350
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 60
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-0-926508-25-5
The Governance Committee: Independent Institutions. AGB Effective Committee Series
Wilson, E. B.; Lanier, James L.
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
This publication is part of an AGB series devoted to strengthening the role of key standing committees of governing boards. While there is no optimal committee system for institutions of higher education, certain principles, practices, and procedures prevail. The best practices outlined in this publication support the objectives of board committees: (1) focused effort; (2) informed decision making; and (3) and self-management. Because much board work is accomplished in committees, effective committees are essential to productive board meetings and, ultimately, to successful boards. These universal best practices were designed to be incorporated into the work of all committees. Each publication in the "Effective Committee Series" addresses the specific needs and nature of a particular committee. The governance committee, also known as the committee on trustees, committee on trusteeship, or committee on directors, is arguably the most important committee that a board of trustees can empower. The committee identifies, vets, and selects trustees who bring the necessary experience, skills, and character to the board. The governance committee also works to identify best practices in governance and introduce them to the board and its committees, ensuring that such practices are appropriate for the culture of that specific board and the institution it oversees. The demands on boards have expanded and become more complex, and The Governance Committee meets the challenge head-on, giving advice on how to become more thoughtful about the selection of new trustees and the composition of the board, as well as more involved in orientation and continuing board-education programs, mentorship of new board members, and trustee self-assessment. This booklet describes the changing roles of the governance committee in independent institutions of higher education. The following sections are provided: (1) "Introduction to the Governance Committee"; (2) "Purpose of the Committee"; (3) "Committee Responsibilities"; (4) "Committee Composition and Structure"; (5) "Tips for Effective Governance Committees" (6) "Key Trends and Special Issues"; (7) "Pitfalls to Avoid"; and (8) "Conclusion." References and Resources are provided. Appended are: (1) Illustrative Statement of Commitment and Responsibilities; (2) Illustrative Statement of Criteria for Board Members; (3) Illustrative Board Composition Matrix; and (4) Illustrative Board Member Assessment.
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Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges