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Faculty Senate Proposal
The University Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Shared Governance Proposal for Discussion from the Subcommittee on Governance Structures paper (submitted April 9, 2014) examines the current model of shared governance and proposes changes that would permit more effective and efficient shared governance.
May 12, 2014 Campus Forum on the Faculty Senate Proposal
Summary of Discussion
- A faculty senate should report to the President.
- Consider what problem we are solving before we change the governance model. Examine more fully the constitution of UND, and the role and purpose of the University Council.
- Three new possible models were discussed:
- Three constituency senates with a redesigned University Senate (initial proposal).
- Three constituency senates that are accountable to University Council.
- Three constituency senates that report to the University Senate as currently configured.
Discussion of faculty engagement was extensive with debates on whether University Senate or Faculty Senate provides a better vehicle for faculty engagement. There was discussion about why and how to make certain that faculty feel free to speak out and up on issues without fear of adverse consequence. There is a need to provide education on how to participate in shared governance. Some specific ideas for engagement and finding shared solutions include:
- Use alternate weeks from University Senate to hold a faculty caucus.
- Could establish a Council of Leaders to bring together the leaders in Faculty Senate, Staff Senate, and Student Senate.
Sources for Further Reading
- UND Constitution and Bylaws of the University Senate.
- Ad hoc Shared Governance Committee, Subcommittee on Governance Structure Proposal.
- AAUP Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities.
- Bradshaw, P., & Fredette C., (2008). Academic governance of universities: reflection of a senate chair on moving from theory to practice and back. Journal of Management Inquiry, 18(2), 123-133.
- Delecq, A. Bryson, J., & Van de Ven, A. (2013). University governance: lessons from an innovative design for collaboration. Journal of Management Inquiry, 22(4), 382-392.
- Minor, J., (2003). Assessing the senate: critical issues considered. American Behavioral Scientist, 46(7), 960-977.
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