Goals of the Governance Organization
- A. Formally encourage collegiality and broad, constructive participation by all constituencies of the governance process.
- B. Preserve core values and enhance those practices and procedures that have proven effective in the past.
- C. Clarify and simplify the consultation and governance structure. Make explicit and coherent the scope, charge, authority, reporting relationships, membership, and methods of each group assigned a role within the process.
- D. Distinguish and articulate the specific roles and responsibilities of college administrators relative to those of other governance groups.
- E. Eliminate unnecessary redundancy and/or the superimposition of unnecessary layers within the decision-making processes. “Flatten” the structure to the extent possible, consistent with other goals.
- F. Seek a reasonable, realistic, and balanced distribution of workloads imposed by the governance processes.
- G. Ensure those with expertise in specific disciplines are assigned a necessary and central role in the formulation of recommendations concerning those disciplines, while encouraging broad participation in the decision-making process.
- H. Eliminate bottlenecks and provide multiple points of effective entry into the process for anyone seeking to introduce recommendations for consideration.
- I. Devise a governance structure that is easy to understand and to convey throughout the institution.
- J. Ensure that college governance practices, processes, and structures are in line with prevailing statute, regulation, policy, and procedure.
- K. Clearly distinguish advisory from decision-making roles within the governance processes.
- L. Devise a system that is sufficiently flexible and yet sufficiently stable to allow for alteration in the face of experience and in light of changing circumstances.