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3.2.6

Governance and Administration: Board/administration distinction
There is a clear and appropriate distinction, in writing and practice, between the policy-making functions of the governing board and the responsibility of the administration and faculty to administer and implement policy.

Judgment
  Compliant      Non-Compliant      Not Applicable

Narrative

The Morehouse College Board of Trustees provides the policy direction for the institution. Specifically, the institution’s bylaws state that the Trustees set the financial and educational policies that set the direction for the institution. This responsibility is clearly delineated in the College’s bylaws. Some examples of the activities and policies within the Board’s purview, without limitation, include:

Financial

Investment Spending Policy

Tuition and Fees increases (See minutes of Board meetings.)

Gift Acceptance Policy

Academic

Grant of Tenure (See minutes of Board meetings.)

Mission Statement revisions 

New academic majors, minors and programs (See minutes of Board meetings.)

Granting of Honorary Degrees (See minutes of Board meetings.)

Facilities

Major construction projects (See minutes of Board meetings.)

Property acquisitions (See minutes of Board meetings.)

Grants of licenses and easements (See minutes of Board meetings.)

Building naming Policy

Personnel

Granting of Emeritus titles (See minutes of Board meetings.)

The Board policy-making function is distinguished from the role served by the president and his administration. The president answers to the Board of Trustees and is responsible for the management and operation of the College. The president is responsible for setting operational policies and procedures for the institution, which are communicated to the campus community through the faculty and staff handbooks and through the College’s policy and procedure manuals.

This differentiation in policy-making functions is reinforced in the bylaws and the Board of Trustees’ Code of Conduct, which is disseminated at the new Trustee orientation, which calls Trustees to understand the role of the board as a policy-making body and to avoid participation in the administration of policy.

 
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