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BOARD SELF-ASSESSMENT QUESTIONNAIRE
Adapted from form originally developed by the Center for Higher Education Governance and Leadership, University of Maryland, College Park
under funding by the Lilly Endowment. ©Thomas P. Holland, 1994.
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1. This board takes regular steps to keep informed about
important trends in the larger environment that might
affect the organization.
2. I have participated in board discussions about what we
should do differently as a result of a mistake the board
made.
3. I have had conversations with other members of this board
regarding common interests we share outside this
organization.
4. I have been in board meetings where it seemed that the
subtleties of the issues we dealt with escaped the awareness
of a number of the members.
5. Our board explicitly examines the “downside” or possible
pitfalls of any important decision it is about to make.
6. Orientation programs for new board members specifically
include a segment about the organization’s history and
traditions.
7. This board is more involved in trying to put out fires than
in preparing for the future.
8. The board sets clear organizational priorities for the year
ahead.
9. This board communicates its decisions to all those who are
affected by them.
10. At least once every two years, our board has a retreat or
special session to examine our performance, how well we
are doing as a board.
11. Many of the issues that this board deals with seem to be
separate tasks, unrelated to one another.
12. In discussing key issues, it is not unusual for someone on
the board to talk about what this organization stands for
and how that is related to the matter at hand.
13. Values are seldom discussed explicitly at our board
meetings.
14. If our board thinks that an important group or
constituency is likely to disagree with an action we are
considering, we will make sure we learn how they feel
before we actually make the decision.
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15. Differences of opinion in board decisions are more often
settled by vote than by more discussion.
16. This board delays action until an issue becomes urgent or
critical.
17. This board periodically sets aside time to learn more about
important issues facing organizations like the one we
govern.
18. I can recall an occasion when the board acknowledged its
responsibility for an ill-advised decision.
19. This board has formed ad hoc committees or task forces
that include staff as well as board members.
20. This board is as attentive to how it reaches conclusions as
it is to what is decided.
21. Most people on this board tend to rely on observation and
informal discussions to learn about their role and
responsibilities.
22. I find it easy to identify the key issues that this board faces.
23. When faced with an important issue, the board often
“brainstorms” and tries to generate a whole list of creative
approaches or solutions to the problem.
24. When a new member joins this board, we make sure that
someone serves as a mentor to help this person learn the
ropes.
25. I have been in board meetings where explicit attention was
given to the concerns of the community.
26. I have participated in board discussions about the
effectiveness of our performance.
27. At our board meetings, there is at least as much dialogue
among members as there is between members and
administrators.
28. When issues come before our board, they are seldom
framed in a way that enables members to see the
connections between the matter at hand and the
organization’s overall strategy.
29. I have participated in discussions with new members about
the roles and responsibilities of a board member.
30. This board has made a key decision that I believe to be
inconsistent with the mission of this organization.
31. The leadership of this board typically goes out of its way to
make sure that all members have the same information on
important issues.
32. This board has adopted some explicit goals for itself,
distinct from goals it has for the total organization.
33. The board periodically requests information on the morale
of the professional staff.
34. I have participated in board discussions about what we can
learn from a mistake we have made.
35. Our board meetings tend to focus more on current
concerns than on preparing for the future.
36. At least once a year, this board asks that the executive
director (superintendent) articulate his/her vision for the
organization’s future and strategies to realize that vision.
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37. I have been present in board meetings where discussions of
the history and mission of the organization were key
factors in reaching a conclusion on a problem.
38. I have never received feedback on my performance as a
member of this board.
39. It is apparent from the comments of some of our board
members that they do not understand the mission of the
organization very well.
40. This board has on occasion evaded responsibility for some
important issue facing the organization.
41. Before reaching a decision on important issues, this board
usually requests input from persons likely to be affected by
the decision.
42. There have been occasions where the board itself has acted
in ways inconsistent with the organization’s deepest values.
43. This board relies on the natural emergence of leaders,
rather than trying explicitly to cultivate future leaders for
the board.
44. This board often discusses where the organization should
be headed five or more years into the future.
45. New members are provided with a detailed explanation of
this organization’s mission when they join this board.
46. This board does not allocate organizational funds for the
purpose of board education and development.
47. Recommendations from the administration are usually
accepted with little questioning in board meetings.
48. At times this board has appeared unaware of the impact
its decision will have within our service community.
49. Within the past year, this board has reviewed the
organization’s strategies for attaining its long-term goals.
50. This board reviews the organization’s mission at least once
every five years.
51. This board has conducted an explicit examination of its
roles and responsibilities.
52. I am able to speak my mind on key issues without fear that
I will be ostracized by some members of this board.
53. This board tries to avoid issues that are ambiguous and
complicated.
54. The administration rarely reports to the board on the
concerns of those the organization serves.
55. I have been in board meetings where the discussion
focused on identifying or overcoming the organization’s
weaknesses.
56. One of the reasons I joined this board was that I believe
strongly in the values of this organization.
57. This board does not recognize special events in the lives of
its members.
58. The board discusses events and trends in the larger
environment that may present specific opportunities for
this organization.
59. Former member of this board have participated in special
events designed to convey to new members the
organization’s history and values.
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60. This board provides biographical information that helps
members get to know one another better.
61. This board seeks information and advice from leaders of
other similar organizations.
62. This board makes explicit use of the long range priorities
of this organization in dealing with current issues.
63. This board understands the norms of the professions
working in this organization.
64. Members of this board seldom attend social events
sponsored by this organization.
65. More than half of this board’s time is spent in discussions
of issues of importance to the organization’s long-range
future.
Please check if this assessment is being completed as partial requirement for Master Board or Exemplary
Board recognition.
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PLEASE RETURN COMPLETED ASSESSMENTS TO THE:
DIRECTOR OF BOARD SERVICES
INDIANA SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION
ONE NORTH CAPITOL, SUITE 1215
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA 46204
E-MAIL MADAMSON@ISBA-IND.ORG
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