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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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