Friday, April 30, 2010

Doctoral student Nathan Harris's report on trustees featured in Chronicle of Higher Education

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Nathan Harris, doctoral student in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, has written a report, "Ready to Serve? Examining the Relationship Between Trustee Preparedness and Trustee Characteristics," which he will present this weekend at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association and which is the topic of a April 30, 2010, article in the Chronicle of Higher Education. In this paper, Harris analyzes data from a 2006 survey of college trustees in which the trustees self-reported their level of preparedness to handle the issues required of governing boards. The data suggest that a college's alumni are no better or or less prepared to serve than colleagues who attended other colleges. In addition, Harris's analysis shows that trustees who come from the business world report lower levels of preparedness than do their colleagues from academia, and trustees with advanced degrees report higher levels of preparedness.

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