Governing board effectiveness is determined in part by how boards conduct their business. Successful boards have a structure and set of practices that create an environment for meaningful policy discussions.There are many approaches to community college governance:
- For some institutions, the governance model is prescribed by statute.
- For other institutions, the governing board may choose a governance model defined in the by-laws.
Important questions for trustees are:
- In what governance model are you governing?
- How did it evolve?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of the model?
- How does this model impact the administration, the college, and the trustees?
- Is the organizational structure of your board effective?
Acknowledging variations, governing boards typically operate using a traditional model, a board as a whole model, or Policy Governance® model.