Monday, December 6, 2010

Diversity Remains Fleeting on Colleges' Governing Boards, Surveys Find

The Chronicle on Higher Education
November 29, 2010
By Paul Fain

College trustees remain overwhelmingly white, male, and over 50, according to the results of two surveys released today by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.
The two surveys, which yielded responses from 195 public and 507 private institutions, also looked at a wide range of board policies and practices, such as meeting frequency, and members' term length and annual giving rates. Reports on the surveys are available for purchase on the association's Web site.
Women and minorities gained little ground in the six years since the association's last survey. Whites account for 74.3 percent of the trustee spots at public institutions and 87.5 percent at private institutions, compared with 77.7 percent and 88.1 percent, respectively, in 2004.

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