How to foster more responsive boards

October 24, 2018

In an op-ed that investigates the relationship between university boards and the committees that do most of the institutional “heavy lifting,” Peter Eckel and Cathy Trower find that overlap and unequal labour distribution most commonly hinder efficiency. To anticipate and sidestep administrative redundancies, the authors set out a list of recommendations that include ensuring collaboration and communication between committees; deploying initiatives such as time audits and retreats; and ensuring that a board’s committee structure aligns with the university’s Strategic Plan priorities. Eckel and Trower conclude with the importance of ad hoc task forces for urgent matters. Inside Higher Ed