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Survey of faculty trustees finds that they have influence on some issues, but that role is limited because of shorter terms than those of other trustees, and committee assignments.
Faculty members at National U., none of whom have tenure, say the institution is dealing with its challenges by shutting down shared governance and ignoring their role.
Questions about loyalty of one of U.Va.'s executive vice presidents highlight the awkward position of top business-side administrators, who are often divided between the president and board.
U. of Illinois president's departure does not shock critics, who wonder why the university picked him after a rocky presidency at the U. of Connecticut.
Majority of Clemson trustees serve indefinite terms and do not answer to lawmakers -- uncommon independence for a state institution. Some question whether the structure is good policy.
Connecticut is merging higher education systems to save money and improve degree production. The still-forming board is working to convince community colleges they won't get lost in the shuffle.
An influential foundation says Massachusetts' community colleges need to do better on workforce development, and calls for more direct oversight by the state.
Tea Party groups expect to influence statewide elections to pick new members of Michigan's higher education governing boards.
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