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.
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
3. I have had conversations with other members of this board
regarding common interests we share outside this
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
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
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
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.
The following statements describe a variety of actions by boards. Some of the statements may represent your own experiences as a member of
your board, while others may not. For each item, there are four possible choices. Please mark with a check √ the choice that most accurately
describes your experience as a member of this board for every item. Please do not leave blanks. There are no “right” or “wrong” answers; your
personal views are what are important. It is not necessary to sign your name, if you wish your responses to remain anonymous. However, you
must sign your name if you would like a personal assessment analysis, in addition to the composite analysis for the entire board.