Trustee Education

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.

Basics of Community College Governance

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.

Board Buzzwords

Words All Trustees Should Know

New words are tantalizing, and the lexicon of terms in education increases exponentially as educators, lawmakers, technocrats, researchers and others coin new phrases for the numerous new and different concepts swirling in higher education today.

Governance Institute for Student Success (GISS)

The Governance Institute for Student Success provides a governance leadership model that will identify key policy decisions, actions, and levers for institutional transformation that trustees and presidents throughout the nation can use to support

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. 

Knowledge Center

The Knowledge Center provides additional resources on governance, trustee education, advocacy, student success, and more, exclusively for ACCT member colleges. You will need to log in with your username and password to gain access.

Podcast Episodes by Topic

    Advocacy/Community College Legislation

    State System Governing Boards

    Community Colleges are Overseen by a Variety of Models in Different States

    As discussed in the fall 2018 issue of Trustee Quarterly, community colleges are designed and organized differently throughout the United States. In many states, each college operates independently, or through satellite campuses that constitute a single local community college system, but only four states have no state governing or coordinating boards.

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    Trustee Talk

    Answering your questions about issues affecting boards today

    Trustee Talk is an electronic question-and-answer newsletter for guidance on challenging issues in community college governance.