The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) has launched a digital toolkit to help higher education governing boards proactively oversee equitable student success.
The toolkit includes leadership principles, a guide to board responsibilities, a planning playbook, among other resources, and pays special attention to issues of equity, inclusion, and belonging. The organization also plans to add additional resources.
“The bottom line is that boards need to understand that equitable student success is part of essential board responsibilities, not something extra,” said Dr. Merrill Schwartz, AGB senior VP for content and program strategy and co-director of the project. “Boards’ leadership and support are critical to campus-wide efforts to improve equitable student success, and complement the work of faculty, staff, and senior leaders.”
The toolkit was created by governance and equity professionals with support from an advisory group of student success experts and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
“This resource is a key element of AGB’s justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative,” said Henry Stoever, AGB president and CEO. “When I started at AGB, the Board of Directors, staff, and I incorporated student success into the association’s vision. Since then, we have worked to create practical, accessible tools and resources to help governing boards and their members oversee equity and related issues across their campuses. I am thankful for our advisory group partners, the Gates Foundation, our project leaders, and staff for their hard work, determination, and inspiration.”