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ERIC Number: EJ853094
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul-24
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Survey Finds Trustees More Engaged but Still in Need of Improvement
Fain, Paul
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n42 Jul 2009
College governing boards are becoming more effective and engaged but continue to fall short in some areas, according to survey results released today by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. The association's survey of almost 700 public and private colleges, conducted last year and described as the first detailed analysis of best practices and policies for higher-education governance, found that 54 percent of boards monitored college finances with a specialized audit committee, up from 33 percent in 2004. And the proportion of boards that had in place a conflict-of-interest policy was 89 percent, up from 47 percent in 1986. The survey found that most, but not all, boards conduct annual performance reviews of their college presidents and document the process used to set presidential pay. However, only 64 percent of private-college boards reported that the full board was even aware of the president's compensation level, compared with 92 percent of public-college boards. The survey generally found the larger the college's budget, the more active the board's participation and the stronger its policies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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