May 27, 2011
QUESTIONS FOR BOARD OF GOVERNORS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION NOMINEE
By: John Kasprak, Senior Attorney
Board of Governors of Higher Education (CGS § 10a-2)
The board is the central policy-making authority of public higher education. It selects and hires the commissioner of higher education, prepares a consolidated operating and capital budget for all constituent units of higher education, develops a higher education master plan, sets tuition and student fees and financial aid policies, merges and closes institutions, approves recommendations by constituent units to establish new academic programs, and maintains the central higher education information system.
1. What special skills or experience do you bring to the board that can help it fulfill its mission?
2. What do you believe the purpose of higher education to be?
3. How would you assess the relationships between and among Connecticut's constituent units of higher education? What can the board do to improve it?
4. What is your opinion of the Governor's proposal to reorganize the system of higher education in Connecticut? If enacted, please describe the board's role in transitioning to the new governing structure.
5. What are your views on accountability requirements for colleges and universities? Do you believe the accountability measures that Connecticut has for its public colleges and universities are appropriate and strong enough?
6. A decision to officially end open enrollment at the state's community colleges is currently under consideration by the board of trustees for the community colleges. What is your opinion on this? What educational alternatives will there be for students shut out of the community college system?
7. What are the state's colleges and universities currently doing, or should plan to do, to encourage minority students to attend college and earn a degree?
8. In recent years, tuition payments have become a larger source of revenue for colleges and universities. What can the board do to maintain affordability and access to higher education while preserving the quality of the state's colleges and universities?
9. The Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee recently studied the alignment of postsecondary education and employment. How well-aligned do you feel Connecticut's public colleges and universities are to the state's employment needs?
10. Are Connecticut high schools doing an adequate job or preparing students for higher education? Do you think colleges have to spend too much time and money on remediation?