What’s Up With Boards These Days?
Conflicts between trustees and other campus stakeholders are becoming more common because governing boards are different than they used to be. They’re made up of different types of people than in the past and face increased pressure and a wider variety of challenges, including questions about finances, educational quality and productivity. Trustees are also more informed about and interested in a variety of higher education issues.
As a result, bodies that were once viewed by many within higher education as a buffer from outside political pressure are quickly becoming the ones applying the pressure.