Community College Governance

Coming Together for High-Functioning TCU Board Governance

June 7, 2021 to June 8, 2021

The Tribal College (TCU) Governance Leadership Institute (GLI) is a nationally recognized initiative focused on fostering community college student success through effective board governance. It can provide Tribal College trustees and presidents, new and experienced, with the insights, guidance and engagement to promote policies and measures to increase board effectiveness to focus on student success and completion within their campuses and states.

Parliamentary Procedures

Live Webinar | 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET

June 3, 2021

ACCT is excited to invite our members to participate in a free webinar designed to better acquaint trustees with parliamentary procedures. 

Parliamentary Procedures for Board Chairs

December 10, 2020

ACCT is excited to invite our members to participate in a free webinar designed to better acquaint board chairs with parliamentary procedures. 

A Guide to the Election and Appointment of Community College Trustees

Community Colleges are invaluable resources in meeting the educational and economic needs of their communities.  Each college reflects the standards of excellence the community sets for itself.  Responsibility for continued excellence is shared by all who appoint or elect trustees to govern on their behalf.

Accreditation report

Accreditation and Community College Trustees (2018)

Accreditation and Community College Trustees is an essential toolkit for new and experienced trustees alike, to assure and improve academic quality in higher education.

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 Governance and COVID-19

Norma W. Goldstein

In the midst of a pandemic, what should community college boards consider in order to function and govern when things are changing by the day?

Community College Shared Governance in the 21st Century

A college details lessons learned in shared governance after a natural disaster.

Community College Trustees

Leading on Behalf of Their Communitites

George B. Vaughan and Iris M. Weisman

Community college trustees are important people. The 6,500 men and women whos erve on the governing boards of the nation's 1,100 or so public community colleges have legal and ethical responsibility of overseeing a seemingly endless number of academic programs,, as well as approving faculty appointments, tenure, and salaries. Trustees shape long-range plans, mission statement, and college policies.

Governance Models

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.