Governance Study: Effective Strategic Thinking Crucial to Strong School Performance

“School leaders face multiple governance challenges within the context of an increasingly competitive educational marketplace. Leaders who make effective strategic thinking a high priority will serve their schools well — both today and in the long run.”

In this blog independent school leaders Troy Baker, Stephen Campbell, and Dave Ostroff share their research conducted at Vanderbilt University in conjunction with NAIS. Their study reveals that the capacity of boards of trustees to think and act strategically — specifically on financial and strategic planning matters — has positive effects on institutional performance. They offer three recommendations for school leaders seeking to improve their board’s strategic effectiveness.