Accountability Measures for Higher Education Governance

  • Participation in professional development by higher education board members is voluntary, as is their role as trustees, however, participation in professional development by trustees are reported to ACHE by each institution or system.
  • New board members are expected to complete eight hours of professional development within two years of the date on which the commissioner/regent/trustee takes office. The purpose is to instill an understanding of the role and responsibilities charged to higher education board members as specified by state law and by the regional accrediting agency (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges) and should include topics such as institutional finance, student success, and academic program management. One hour of professional development will also include education on Alabama Ethics laws. Governing boards will coordinate efforts to assure that this level of professional development occurs. ACHE will annually offer at least one statewide event that would supplement the efforts of the systems and the campuses in board development activities.
  • Below is a listing of the professional development courses offered by campus or system: