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Richard D. Legon
President of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges

Entries by Richard D. Legon

Board Member Advocacy

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 3:11 PM

Recently, we've seen policy leaders in a number of states propose draconian cuts to their investments in public higher education. And while all of our institutions are looking to contain costs and invest wisely, some of the proposals appear to be more about politics than they are about smarter higher...

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Consequential Boards: Strengthening College and University Governance

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 1:54 PM

The value of American higher education faces multiple risks, and changes in governance are needed to address them. Changes in governance are needed to empower leadership, facilitate good decision making, and balance institutional interests with the public's needs for higher education. Without better stewardship, we foresee a real possibility of...

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Taking the Board to School on Educational Technology

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 10:14 AM

Technology is constantly changing, making it difficult for even the savviest of tech enthusiasts to keep current. From the latest apps to the newest smartphones, it's a steep and continuous learning curve. For universities and colleges, rapidly changing technology presents further challenges for educating students.

Most college and university...

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Asking the Right Questions About the Administration's Cost Proposals

(1) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 11:16 AM

President Obama's recent proposals to address the access and affordability issues facing higher education are important and complex. Together, they present a set of initiatives that may significantly influence how colleges and universities manage their costs and prices, as well as monitor educational quality and delivery.

Included among the...

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A New Academic Year and a National Commission

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 10:01 AM

Having finished one academic year and on the verge another, we reflect on how boards and presidents have addressed the challenges that institutions continue to face: business model issues, the fiscal environment, enrollment, cost, price, and student debt, among others.

Of late, we have seen a gap between some...

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Lessons From Rutgers

(1) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 2:07 PM

The time for governing board members to view their engagement in college and university athletics as primarily that of fans is over; today, boards and trustees must be fiduciaries first, fans second. As recent crises at Rutgers University and other institutions make clear, no one can afford to ignore programs...

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College and University Board Independence Strengthens the Nation

(1) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 2:27 PM

This isn't a political essay, although some readers may interpret it to be so. Rather I would like to comment on the essential values of higher education and the trust that we place in the boards of colleges and universities -- in particular, those that govern public institutions -- to...

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College Athletics: The Buck Must Stop With Governing Boards

(3) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 1:47 PM

Although the last year in college sports has been hyper-focused on the Penn State crisis, it is neither the first nor the last excess or scandal in intercollegiate athletics. The 1980s bore witness to a booster scandal which resulted in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) issuing the Death Penalty...

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