Governing boards often do not understand their roles or are unable to maintain an arms-length posture in the operation of our colleges. A strong board of directors or trustees increases an institution’s ability to succeed in meeting its goals and fulfilling its mission. Boards are ultimately responsibility for overall effectiveness of the institution including its fiscal health. Orienting board members around their responsibilities and the requirements of their role improves the group’s effectiveness by having a governing body that operates at the policy level. collegematters provides the resources for developing effective board members, policies, and procedures.