4.3 MULTI-LEVEL GOVERNANCE
If an institution’s governing board does not retain sole legal authority and operating control in a multiple-level governance system, then the institution clearly defines that authority and control for the following areas within its governance structure: (a) institution’s mission, (b) fiscal stability of the institution, and (c) institutional policy.
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The Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina system has ultimately responsibility over all UNC system campuses. However, local control of each institution is delegated to the Boards of Trustees of each campus. The Board of Governors is responsible for several processes on the campus, including the hiring of Chancellors and the approval of each university’s mission statement and approval of all new academic programs. On some campuses it is also responsible for the conferral of academic tenure, though this has been delegated to the Board of Trustees of N.C. A&T and several other campuses in the system.
While the Board of Governors is shared by all sixteen UNC institutions, the N.C. A&T Board of Trustees is fully focused on the responsibilities of N.C. A&T. The roles and responsibilities of the UNC Board of Governors and the N.C. A&T Board of Trustees are well defined in the University of North Carolina System Policy Manual and in the N.C. A&T Board of Trustees Bylaws as well as its Duties, Responsibilities and Expectations of Members of the Board of Trustees.
(a) Institution’s Mission
Both the Board of Governors (Minutes, p. 4) and the Board of Trustees approve the university’s mission statement before it can be adopted.
(b) Fiscal Stability of the Institution
Both the Board of Governors and the respective Boards of Trustees are involved in ensuring the fiscal stability of the constituent institutions of the UNC system, including N.C. A&T. The Board of Trustees of our institution, as indicated in its Bylaws, has fiduciary oversight of the institution, and the Bylaws outline several fiscal responsibilities, including compensation and retreat rights for the Provost and all Vice Chancellors. The Board of Trustees also advises the Chancellor on budget administration; property and buildings; endowments and trust funds; as well as tuition, fees and deposits.
(c) Institutional Policy
Both the University of North Carolina System Policy Manual and the N.C. A&T Bylaws affirm the institutional autonomy of the university. The university’s policies are publicly available online, and the organizational chart provided shows the relationship between the two governing boards.
1. University of North Carolina System Policy Manual
3. Duties, Responsibilities and Expectations of Members of the Board of Trustees
4. Meeting minutes pertaining to approval of the mission statement
5. N.C. A&T State University Bylaws
6. Links to University Policies (screenshot of web page)
7. Organizational charts that shows the relationships between the two Boards—Board of Governors and Board of Trustees