Definition: Shared Governance is the process by which the university community has the opportunity to influence decisions on matters of policy and procedure.
It should embody the following principles:
· Authority: The university’s published policies and procedures and the state’s rules and regulations are the authoritative frameworks within which shared governance operates. The spirit of shared governance requires both the administration and the governance committee to seek mutually acceptable recommendations. When compromise and concurrence cannot be achieved, rationale for the administrative decision should be provided in written form to the involved committee.
· Openness: The process should be transparent and the status of any proposal should be available to all constituencies at any point in the approval process.
· Notification: Committees should provide constituencies with opportunities for discussion of policy and procedural issues prior to making final recommendations.
· Timeliness: Recommendations and decisions on proposals need to be made in a manner that is timely and appropriate to the issue, yet does not overlook the governance process for the sake of expediency. It may, on occasion, be necessary to use vehicles of collaboration that can be effectively carried out in accelerated periods of time.
· Oversight: A process for evaluation and review of shared
governance procedures, including a mechanism for initiating such a review, is
essential to ensure that shared governance is working as intended.