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Trusted and Trained: Why Some States Are Considering Legislation to Make Board Member Training Mandatory

Trusted and Trained: Why Some States Are Considering Legislation to Make Board Member Training Mandatory

In recent years, there’s been discussion in almost every sector about how well trained and prepared board members actually are in carrying out their duties. A trend has emerged in higher ed that any organization with a board may want to monitor. This year (as of July) legislatures in two states had considered bills mandating training for trustees or university board members. And others may follow suit.

The primary concern is summed up by the question reporter Kellie Woodhouse posed in her article for Inside Higher Ed, “How well do they know how to do their jobs?” Certainly associations have expressed similar concern about how well-equipped their board members are to provide strategic leadership, and many have invested in additional training online or face-to-face with an outside facilitator.

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Take Time Out for Training

Take Time Out for Training

As we’ve worked with organizations to implement new technology Platform Solutions, we always recommend that they take time out for training. The assumption that employees will learn all they need to know on the job is a faulty one. It’s important to dedicate specific time and energy to technology training. By doing so, you increase the likelihood that staff members will use the technology in which you’ve invested to the fullest.

A recent blog post from the team at Smartbear outlined some of the personal benefits of you and the members of your team attending training:

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Tech Training that Works: What Your Association Needs to Consider

Tech Training that Works: What Your Association Needs to Consider

“Most teachers are very busy. They are already juggling a great many things just to do their job. Try to make training as convenient and appropriate as possible, and provide teachers with time to learn the technology before expecting them to use it.”

—Robin Smith, educational technology specialist, Hollidaysburg Area School District, Pennsylvania

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