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An Anatomy of Good Board Governance in Higher Education
Presents a governance standard specifically developed to help college, university, and system boards to understand and apply the principles of good board governance and to assess and improve their own governance practice.
Collaborative Governance Depends on Mutual Respect
The elements of shared governance are identified including a collegial atmosphere, the development of consensus on important issues, and an opportunity for honest questions and honest responses.
Community College Faculty Conceptualizations of Shared Governance: Shared Understandings of a Sociopolitical Reality
Addresses a gap in the literature in understanding how faculty conceptualize shared governance, and supports findings of recent research that suggest the importance of communication and trust in governance.
Community College Governance (ACCT)
Ideas from the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT).
Creating a Psychologically Healthy Workplace (APA)
Ideas from the American Psychological Association (APA).
The Dynamics of Organization in Higher Education
Institutional effectiveness requires the tighter coupling of horizontal and vertical activities in ways that promote student learning and sustain an engaged student experience.
The end of shared governance: Looking ahead or looking back.
Proposals to make governance "more efficient" by reducing or limiting the faculty role in shared governance are likely to diminish institutional effectiveness.
Exactly What Is 'Shared Governance?
A general overview of shared governance from the Chronicle of Higher Education.
How to Climb Down from Top-Down Leadership
Four key principles of true shared governance are identified as faculty authority, inclusiveness, a commitment to tenure, and a commitment to the process. Recommendations for promoting the existence of a meaningful shared governance are offered.
Internal governance in the community college: Models and quilts
Describes the various approaches to internal shared governance utilized by community colleges, ranging from approaches that intentionally involve different constituents to those evolved from habit, tradition, and precedence.
Kept in the loop: Schools are more transparent with employees to avoid second-guessing
The article describes the provision of transparency in workplace by universities and colleges for the convenience of their employees.
Policies and Reports: Governance Investigations (AAUP)
List of governance reports from the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).
Resources on Governance (AAUP)
AAUP’s list of policy statements derived from their Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities. There is plenty to read here. Please note that some of these documents are freely accessible, but others can only be accessed if you have an AAUP membership.
Shared Governance: An Analysis of Power on the Modern University Campus from the Perspective of an Administrator
This article explores critical questions that surround this issue [of shared governance] from the perspective of an administrator at a public, state-run institution of higher education.
Shared Governance Does Not Mean Shared Decision Making
Abstract: In an effective and nimble governing model, faculty representatives serve as advisers while the president and board make the hard choices.
A Song of Vice and Mire
Comments that corruption, cronyism, and power abuse are prevalent within the community college systems observed and argues for such institutions to adopt shared governance models wherein faculty and administrators collaborate to make decisions.
Standard VII: Governance, Leadership, and Administration
See pp. 13 for what Middle States says the governance of a college must be like in order to get accredited. Its focused on governance in general, but its principles might be applied to the definition of shared governance that FCC develops.
Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities (AAUP)
From the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).This statement . . . remains the Association's central policy document relating to academic governance.
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