Accreditation and Community College Trustees is an essential toolkit for new and experienced trustees alike, to assure and improve academic quality in higher education. Major takeaways from the report and webinar include:
Governing board effectiveness is determined in part by how boards conduct their business. Successful boards have a structure and set of practices that create an environment for meaningful policy discussions.There are many approaches to community college governance:
- For some institutions, the governance model is prescribed by statute.
- For other institutions, the governing board may choose a governance model defined in the by-laws.
Effective boards form a cohesive group able to articulate and represent the public interest, establish a climate for learning and monitor the effectiveness of the institution. Boards of trustees do not do the work of their institutions; they establish standards for that work through the policies they create and approve.
The Leadership Team of the Governing Board
Governing boards function best when the ethical standards for trustee behavior are clear. ACCT recommends that all boards adopt a set of standards, often called a "code of ethics" or "standards for good practice." Some regional community college accrediting commissions already require that boards have a code of ethics or similar statement in place.
ACCT has developed the following model code. Boards of trustees are encouraged to use this model as a starting point for discussion and exploration by trustees of expectations for their own behavior.
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