The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities has published a report on the results of the 2011 CCCU Survey of Governance in Member Institutions. Key findings include: average size of CCCU institution boards; relationship of boards with faculty; typical institution presidential compensation and evaluation procedures; board selection, development, and evaluation processes; governance structure; how institutions rank boards’ priorities; and board involvement in development of spiritual formation and academic outcomes.
The survey results were first presented during a concurrent breakout session at the CCCU Presidents Conference in early February. They will be presented again at the CCCU affinity meeting during the National Conference on Trusteeship, scheduled for April 22-24 in Washington, D.C., and hosted by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.
The report is “a part of our new emphasis on research and on serving our governing boards,” noted CCCU President Paul R. Corts in the publication’s introduction. “It is our sincere hope that this survey information along with commentary on widely-used practices will be helpful in encouraging our member institutions to continually improve the functioning of their governing boards.”
Corts added, “It is our prayer that this document will help advance the cause of Christ-centered higher education by improving institutional governance and will help our institutions fulfill their mission of transforming lives by faithfully relating scholarship and service to biblical truth.”
The CCCU’s survey of governance in member institutions grew out of an increased priority on working with presidents and governing boards to strengthen their focus on the Christ-centered missions of CCCU institutions. A review of literature about institutions that have drifted from their religious mission and spiritual roots highlighted the important role presidents and boards play in either allowing or encouraging the movement away from an institution’s Christian mission. Thus, the CCCU is working harder to support presidents and boards in maintaining fidelity to existing Christ-centered missions and in seeking ways to grow and strengthen programs and activities that support these missions.
Copies of the 2011 CCCU Survey of Governance in Member Institutions can be purchased by contacting Andrea Kiser, administrative assistant to the president, at
About the CCCU: The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities is a higher education association of 185 intentionally Christ-centered institutions around the world. The 116 member campuses in North America are all fully-accredited, comprehensive colleges and universities with curricula rooted in the arts and sciences. In addition, 69 affiliate campuses from 25 countries are part of the CCCU. The Council’s mission is to advance the cause of Christ-centered higher education and to help our institutions transform lives by faithfully relating scholarship and service to biblical truth. Visit www.cccu.org.