This initiative, which is being conducted in close partnership with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, seeks to create a forum for ongoing discussion among the trustees from each state institution. By collaborating and discussing innovative ideas and best practices, trustees can play a vital role in making public postsecondary institutions run efficiently and provide the greatest benefit to individuals and the state.

As appointed and elected officials, trustees have a primary responsibility to their own institutions. However, it is clear that for our individual institutions to succeed, Indiana’s entire system of higher education must thrive as well. The need for this shared stewardship is perhaps more acute today than ever when resources are limited but expectations and demand for higher education have never been greater.

By creating a forum for collaboration and discussion of innovative approaches and best practices, the Indiana Trustees Academy will support trustees in guiding their institutions toward increased efficiency and quality degree production for the betterment of individuals and the state.

Academy Goal: Increasing the knowledge and understanding of state higher education issues for board trustees, with special focus on Indiana’s higher education system, board governance, fiscal matters, and student and institutional performance.

Academy Membership: All appointed and elected trustees of Indiana’s seven public institutions. Independent institution boards of trustees will be invited to participate in academy efforts.

Academy Strategies: Professional development pertinent to Indiana’s system of postsecondary education will be provided to newly appointed/elected trustees with ongoing professional development opportunities and timely updates on key issues and concerns provided throughout the trustees’ term of office.

Academy Funding: The Lumina Foundation’s Productivity Grant will provide funding for the first four years of the Indiana Trustees Academy. Ongoing costs will be covered through the Commission for Higher Education budget or grant funding.

Trustees Academy 2010 Conference Information

“Challenges and Opportunities: The Fiscal Responsibilities of Trustees”
Monday, August 30, 2010
University Place Hotel & Conference Center, IUPUI Campus
850 W. Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 

notebookTo learn more, please see the Trustees Academy Notebook that was distributed at the first meeting.

August 30, 2010: Trustees Academy Slide Show


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