Why "Sunshine" Laws Matter: Emerging Issues for University Governance, Leadership, and Policy

  • Michael K. McLendon Vanderbilt University
Keywords: Higher Education, University Governance, Leadership, Policy

Abstract

In recent decades, all fifty states adopted open-meetings and records laws as a device for broadening citizen access to public decision-making. These laws, known colloquially as "sunshine" laws, have become significant institutionalized features of higher-education governance and policy. In this essay, we describe recent developments, emerging issues, and important implications of the laws for board performance, presidential selection, and other aspects of university operations.
Published
2004-01-01