Higher Education Institution Governing Boards and Shared Governance

This entry serves to distinguish the role that governing boards play at the institutional level and their involvement with shared governance. The concept of shared governance was first conceived by the American Association of University Professors in 1920 and broadly defines areas of participation in governance for faculty, administration, and governing boards. The American Association of University Professors statement has been updated over time, notably in 1966 with the “Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities” that was created with the American Council on Education and Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB). The idea behind shared governance is not to recommend a single mode for governance but rather to see the role of governance emerging depending on institutional type, culture, and context.

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