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Shared Governance

Preamble and Purpose

Spring 2015

In 2009, Lake Superior State University introduced a Shared Governance process designed to elicit input from all members of the campus community and allow for broad participation in the decision making process. It is intended for Shared Governance to embrace the University’s mission. Shared Governance recognizes and supports the guidance of the Board of Trustees, the leadership role of the President and Vice Presidents, and the critical interface of the faculty, administration, staff, and students. Broad institutional representation within this body of shared decision making will allow the University to be nimble and responsive.


The purpose of Shared Governance is to:

  • Create a dynamic, vibrant, and engaged institutional culture
  • Provide a forum for faculty, administration, staff, and students to address shared concerns
  • Provide a mechanism for coordinating policies, and, where appropriate, provide input into decision-making processes
  • Improve the University’s ability to carry out its mission through shared objectives

Shared Governance acts as a conduit of information and a means of consultation between the President, the Board of Trustees, and the University Community, including the faculty, administration, staff, students, committees, and other constituencies.  The Shared Governance Oversight Committee disseminates information to the University and its constituencies from the Committee itself, the President, and the Board of Trustees. Within this flow of information, the mission of the institution is continuously embraced and strengthened.



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