To prepare citizens for their roles on college boards, the Council provides training to new appointees to increase their understanding of their responsibilities and the structure of postsecondary education in Kentucky.
Why Kentucky needs board training
While many board members have expertise in their respective fields, most do not work in higher education and are unfamiliar with the industry and unsure of their role.
In 2016, the Kentucky General Assembly passed legislation that requires the Council to provide six hours of orientation and training to newly appointed board members of the Council, the public universities and KCTCS. The training is designed to provide board members with a basic understanding of higher education governance and their roles as a trustee or regent.
How the Council delivers board training
The Council provides the training on an annual basis, either in conjunction with the Symposium on Postsecondary Education Trusteeship or as a stand-alone event or online course.
- Trusteeship conferences and symposiums (continuing education-all board members)
- In-person board training (new board members only)
- Online course (for all board members)
How board training benefits Kentuckians
Board training helps members approach their jobs with more confidence and prevents them from making mistakes that could negatively affect their institutions. A more innovative and efficient board helps ensure the college or university will remain financially viable and able to deliver high-quality academic programs to Kentuckians of all ages.
How board training helps us toward 2030 goals
An effective board holds the president and institution accountable for student success, monitoring enrollment, graduation and retention rates, degrees awarded, and other key metrics. This encourages a model of continuous improvement on campus.
Learn more about Kentucky's education goals by viewing Stronger By Degrees, the Council's strategic agenda for postsecondary and adult education.