The SAIS Governance Health Check measures the commitment of the board and head to the domains of board governance: roles and responsibilities, structure and operations, culture, board-head partnership, and strategic mindset.

From NAIS’ Principles of Good Practice – Board of TrusteesThe board is the guardian of the school’s mission. It is the board’s responsibility to ensure that the mission is relevant and vital to the community it serves and to monitor the success of the school in fulfilling its mission.

Additional resources:
Effective Board Governance Videos

Overview of Survey Topics

Roles and ResponsibilitiesMission, vision, values, strategic priorities, evaluation of head, board performance review, budgeting process, personal giving, and donor cultivation.
Structure and OperationsRecruitment and appointment of board members, trustee orientation, meeting attendance, professional development, respect, diversity, bylaws review, and term limits.
CultureDecision making, alignment, discussions, diversity, and support or decisions.
Board-Head PartnershipSupport, success, and trust of the head, head’s vision, and school information and developments.
Strategic MindsetMission alignment, allocation of time, long range planning, opportunities and challenges, strategic thinking and planning, and suspension of personal agendas.

Schools receive an aggregate report of their information; no personal information is recorded.

The member price for the governance survey is $150, or it is free when you schedule a governance workshop for your school. Please note that the survey must be ordered at least ten (10) days prior to the deployment date.

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