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Shared Governance

Strategic Committees and Their Responsibilities

I. SHARED GOVERNANCE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

A.  Membership

1. The University Provost

2. Three faculty members, one of whom is the Faculty Association President or designee, all elected by the Faculty Association

3. Twp Education Support Professionals (ESP), one of whom is the President of the Education Support Professional employees or his/her designee

4. Two elected members of the Administrative Professional (AP) employees

5. One Student elected by Student Government

B.  Charge

1.  To provide advice and counsel to the strategic committees as well as within the shared governance committee in order to help the committees perform optimally.

2.  To conduct ongoing review of the structure and composition of all University committees, and to make recommendations regarding changes in structure or committee composition.

3.  To review all recommendations for the creation of new University committees, both standing and ad hoc, and to make recommendations regarding their role and effect within the shared governance system.

4.  To conduct an ongoing review and evaluation of the effectiveness of the shared governance system at all levels of the University and to propose adjustments or modifications suggested by this review.

5.  To conduct an ongoing review of the effectiveness of communication of information within the shared governance system at all levels of the University and to make recommendations regarding methods to improve      communication where necessary.

6.   To communicate its deliberations and findings to the President and to the University community. 

This committee reports to the President through the appropriate Vice-President..

II. STRATEGIC COMMITTEES

The Strategic Committees convey information and decision-making between the Shared Governance Oversight Committee and the Task Committees. The Chair of each strategic committee with the exception of Assessment will be a faculty member elected by the committee membership to serve a term determined by the committee.

    • Strategic Planning and Budget Advisory Committee
    • Student Affairs Committee
    • Infrastructure Development Committee
    • Assessment Committee

1.  Strategic Planning and Budget Advisory Committee

A.  Membership

1.  Two members of the President’s Cabinet, one of whom shall be the VP of Finance and the other selected by the President

2.  One Dean selected by the Provost’s Council

3.  One (1) faculty member elected from each of the university’s colleges

4.  Two staff members selected by the ESP Executive board

5.  Two elected Administrative Professional employee

6.  Two student elected by Student Government

B.  Charge

  • To participate in all aspects of strategic planning including:

a)   Development of the university strategic plan

b)   Assessment of the strategic plan

c)   Periodic review and modification of the strategic plan

  • To conduct systematic reviews of expenditure and revenue needs.
  • To prioritize resource needs from all areas of the university. 
  • To communicate its deliberations and findings to the President and to the University community by the timely posting of minutes to the Shared Governance website.

This committee reports to the President through the Provost.

2.  Student Affairs Committee

A.  Membership

1.  Two faculty members elected by the Faculty Association

2.  Two AP members selected by the Vice President for Student Affairs

3.  Two student members selected by Student Government

4.  Two staff members selected by the ESP Executive Board

5.  One Dean selected by Provost Council

6.  Vice President of Student Affairs (Chair)

7.  Vice President for Enrollment Services

B.  Charge 

1.   To review, recommend, and report on policies in the following areas:

a.   Student Affairs issues as received from the Vice President of Student Affairs, Student Government, Provost, individual faculty or staff members, and other sources

b.   Student recruitment, retention, and admissions

2.   To communicate its deliberations and findings to the President, and, to the University community by the timely posting of minutes to the Shared Governance website.

This committee reports to the President through the Vice President of Student Affairs.

3.    Infrastructure Development Committee

A.  Membership

1.   Provost

2.   Vice President of Student Affairs

3.   Vice President for Finance

4.   Representative of Physical Plant

5.   Director of the Foundation

6.   Director of Campus Life

7.   One Dean selected by the Provost’s Council

8.   Two faculty members elected by the Faculty Association

9.   Two staff members selected by the ESP Executive Board

10. Two elected Administrative Professionals

11. Two students elected by Student Government

 B.  Charge

1.  To review and recommend updates to the campus master plan on a periodic basis

2.  To evaluate recommendations concerning campus facilities that may need renovation or repairs as well as the need for new facilities or modified use of existing facilities

3.  To provide recommendations about renovation and repairs to campus facilities and infrastructure, including major technology components

4.   To review all of these needs in light of the long range goals of the University

5.   To communicate its deliberations and findings to the President and the University community by the timely posting of minutes to the Shared Governance website.

This committee reports to the President through the appropriate Vice-President.

4.  Assessment Committee

  • Membership

Associate Provost for Assessment, Education and Graduate Studies, Chair

    • One dean selected by the provost
    • Two elected Administrative Professional employee
    • Two ESP employee selected by the ESP Executive Board
    • One faculty member elected from each University College
    • One member elected from the librarians, counselors and School ofeducation faculty
    • Two Students selected by Student Government

Charge

  • Define "Assessment" forLake Superior State University
  • In thought and action develop a “culture of assessment”to improve academic and institutional outcomes.
  • Incorporate the Six Fundamental Questions of the HLC into all promoted academic assessment activities
    • How are your stated learning outcomes appropriate to your mission, programs, and degrees?
    • What evidence do you have that students achieve your stated learning outcomes?
    • In what ways do you analyze and use evidence of student learning?
    • How do you ensure shared responsibility for assessment of student learning?
    • How do you evaluate and improve the effectiveness of your efforts to assess and improve student learning?
    • In what ways do you inform the public about what students learn—and how well they learn it?
  • Develop an academic review process at the levels of course & program, department & school, college, and university which will result in the improvement of student learning including:
    • Development of learning objectives and outcome measures which are effective, valid and reliable indicators of student achievement
    • Systematic and scheduled planning to report assessment activities. Reporting should be in a narrative format and discuss
      • the outcomes identified at the course and program level,
      • the assessment process used to provide evidence of student achievement
      • the feedback loop describing how the assessment data is reviewed and by whom
      • summary of changes made as a result of assessment
    • Providing assistance and professional development opportunities to achieve the above
  • Develop an operational support review process at the levels of unit and university which will result in the improvement of the student learning experiences, including:
    • Development of objectives and outcomes which are effective, valid and reliable indicators of operational support services
    • Systematic and scheduled format to report assessment activities. Reporting should be in a narrativeformat and discuss
      • the outcomes identified at the unit and university level
      • the assessment process used to provide evidence of achievement in service
      • the feedback loop describing how the assessment data is reviewed and by whom
      • summary of changes made as a result of assessment
    • Providing assistance and professional development opportunities to achieve the above
  • Assist the Provost ininstitutionalizingassessment
    • Common reports formats
    • Common storage for reports
    • Identification of documents to be archived
    • Development of dashboards for administrative review toward meeting goals

This committee reports to the President through the Provost.

 

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