Our History & Expertise
Since NCHEMS’ inception in 1969, states, systems and institutions have sought our guidance on questions of structure and governance. While updates to the structure are sometimes warranted in higher education, NCHEMS guides stakeholders toward the consideration of multiple solutions for the challenges they face.
Since the structure is a means to an end rather than an end itself, NCHEMS considers structure and governance framed in the broader context of strategic policy leadership, finance policy, and accountability.
When questions of structure and governance come up, NCHEMS works with its partners to clarify underlying challenges and identify solutions that make the biggest positive impact for students and institutional staff while minimizing disruption. Substantial structural and governance changes are an option, but should be one of the last alternatives considered lest the all-but-inevitable jockeying that governance changes typically spur distract from maintaining a priority on the needs of students and the state.