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Student Affairs and the Board of Trustees: Representation, Support, and Advocacy

Claudia K. Beeny, Ruth C. Garvey-Nix, Gale S Rhodes and Patricia S Terrell

A university governing board’s influence on institutional policy is undeniable. Educating board members about student affairs issues is essential to ensuring a well-informed, effective board. This study examined the relationship between student affairs and the board’s student affairs committee (SAC). An 89-item survey was developed and administered to 1,100 NASPA voting delegates with a 33% return rate. The survey focused on Goodale’s (1997) four broad areas of responsibilities for the SAC as well as membership, agendas, and their orientation. The results showed significant differences between public and private institutions in the number with a SAC, issues discussed, having a clear mission or charge and having a student voting member. As a result of the study, five recommendations were made to enhance the effectiveness of the SAC.

Published Online: 2008-8-5

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