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Shared Governance

Process

Fall 2010

Members of the shared governance structure serve either through election by peers or by administrative appointment. Representatives will be appointed or elected by the members of a given academic division, administrative unit, or other designated entity.

Elected members serve for a set term of three years. Should any member be unable to complete their term, a special election will be held to solicit their replacement.  As new committees are put into place, elected committee members will serve for two, three, or four years to allow for continuity on each committee, to be determined by random drawing at the first committee meeting. 

The member’s primary decision-making responsibility, while representing their constituency throughout deliberations, is to work for the good of the university as a whole.  At times, this may require looking past decisions potentially benefiting their direct constituency, in favor of decisions that benefit the institution as a whole. 

Shared Governance acts as a conduit of information and consultationbetween the President and Board of Trustees as well as the greater institution, i.e. the faculty, students, staff, committees, and other constituencies.  The Shared Governance Oversight Committee disseminates information forward to the greater institution and its constituencies from the Committee itself, the President and the Board of Trustees.  Within this transparent information flow, the mission of the institution is continuously embraced and strengthened.

There are three major committee categories within the Shared Governance structure: Oversight, Strategic, and Task.  
           
The Shared Governance Oversight Committee will facilitate systematic input on policy issues and oversee the various efforts undertaken by the University as an overall part of shared governance activity.   Thus, shared governance will provide advisory input on issues related to LSSU policy and issues important to the development and well-being of the University and will also provide consultative guidance to all shared governance sub-committees (Strategic, Task, etc.) in the University.  The Chair of the Shared Governance Oversight Committee should be a faculty member elected by the committee membership at the first meeting.

The Strategic Committees (Appendix I) convey information and decision-making between the Shared Governance Oversight Committee and the Task Committees. The Chair of the Strategic Planning & Budget Committee and the Infrastructure Development Committee should be a faculty member elected by the committee membership at the first committee meeting.  The chair of the Student Affairs Committee shall be the Vice President for Student Affairs and the chair of the Assessment Committee shall be the Assistant to the Provost for Assessment and Accreditation. All strategic committees are expected to meet at least four times per year and report on their activities through the posting of minutes to the Shared Governance website.

Task Committees (Appendix II) convey information and decision-making between the relevant Strategic Committees and the individual entities within the institution at large. Task committees may change according to the needs of the institution. All task committees are expected to meet at least twice per year and report on their activities through the posting of minutes to the Shared Governance website.

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