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ERIC Number: EJ943187
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1068-1027
Essential Ingredients for Trusteeship at Today's Catholic Colleges
Byron, William J.
Trusteeship, v19 n5 p28-33 Sep-Oct 2011
In the late 1940s and throughout the decade of the '50s, Catholic colleges began to shift governance control from members of the sponsoring religious community to lay men and women. Typically, a "one-third plus one" rule addressed the required presence of representatives of the religious community on the board, a measure intended to guarantee influence, if not absolute control, on key changes that would require a two-thirds vote for enactment. That "safety" device has largely disappeared today with the decline in membership in religious communities and the increase of trust and confidence that the sponsoring religious communities have in their lay associates. At Georgetown University, for example, only three Jesuits now sit on a board of 35 members. The average religious-lay board-member composition for the nation's 28 Jesuit colleges and universities is roughly 20 percent Jesuit, 80 percent lay. This, in the author's view, is a good trend, but not without risk. It will add competence and enhance a board's fundraising potential, but it could lower the level of board awareness of and commitment to the Catholic identity of the institution. Hence greater attention must now be paid to educating board members about the religious identity of the institutions they govern and the distinct role those institutions play in society. In this article, the education of lay members of Catholic college and university boards highlights the challenges of new partnerships forged in the modern academic world. The author also lists some essential ingredients for effective trusteeship. (Contains 3 resources and 2 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia