Board Member Roles & Responsibilities

Accreditation 101 for Trustees

How is American-style accreditation different from accreditation throughout the rest of the world, and why does that matter? In this podcast, Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) President Judith S. Eaton, speaks with ACCT President and CEO J. Noah Brown about the uniquely American higher-education accreditation process about the history, the present, and the future of accreditation within the community college sector.

Board Roles & Responsibilities: An Overview

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.

Community College Board Ethics

A discussion of community college board ethics with Jeff Advokat, a trustee at the County College of Morris in New Jersey.

Equity Action Agenda for Community College Governance (2018)

ACCT’s Equity Action Agenda for Community College Governance is a guide based on the responsibilities of community college trustees and the college’s leadership to promote policies that support access, affordability, equity and completion for all community college students. College diversity, equity, and inclusivity policies facilitate academic progress and economic and social mobility for all.

Executive Compensation in 6 Steps

Nancy Taylor

A sound executive compensation program begins and ends with good governance, argues TIAA-CREF’s director for executive compensation.

Executive Leadership Transitioning at Community Colleges (2018)

To help governing boards fulfill their stewardship mandates, this monograph outlines crucial factors, variables, and issues concerning presidential transitions.

Getting Ready for a Change in Leadership: The Board’s Role in Successful Succession Planning

Succession planning has never been more critical and needs to be on the radar screen of all boards. Two major factors contribute to the necessity of succession planning: the retirement of a significant number of long-time presidents and chancellors, and the now familiar pattern of presidents moving from one presidency to another.

Guide to Board Self-Assessments

Here we answer the Who, What, How, and Why's of Board Self-Assessments

Why Should Boards Engage In Self-Assessment?

  • In order to identify where they are performing well as a board, and where they might improve. 

  • Discussion about board roles and responsibilities can strengthen communication and understanding among board members. The discussions can lead to stronger, more cohesive working groups. 

Leadership Team of the Governing Board

Governing board officers provide leadership for the board.  Boards usually have a Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary.

On the Road: Do's and Don'ts of Trustee Travel Expenses

Community College trustees throughout the country selflessly volunteer countless hours to govern their colleges, typically without compensation, except for reimbursement for travel expenses. But to protect the goodwill efforts of trustees, it is imperative that boards put into place, and that trustees follow, procedures and guidelines to account for travel and allowable expenses.