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he idea ThaT faculTy members are uniquely qualified to determine the direction, standards, and practices of the institutions at which they teach and do research has been a tenet in higher education. at many colleges and universities, the faculty has almost sole responsibility for hiring, promoting, and granting tenure to its own. formal faculty input can extend farther than that to such areas as new academic programs, expansion plans, and building uses, all part of the time-honored practice of “shared governance.” That kind of involvement by professors has been seen by many as a natural extension of their academic mission, and it began on some american campuses as early as the 19th century, according to cary Nelson, president of the american association of university Professors. Nelson is concerned, though, that meaningful shared governance is becoming an endangered species, so much so that he What Ever Happened to Shared Governance? Twenty-first century challenges are threatening a bastion of faculty power and pride. By Ron Schachter T nized a three-day aauP conference in Washington last fall to address the problem. “i think shared governance has been in crisis,” Nelson explains. That view would seem to be at odds with a study released last year by the association of Governing boards in Washington, d.c. a full 90 percent of the colleges and universities surveyed reported having a faculty governing body—usually a faculty senate entrusted with communicating ideas and concerns to the administration— and 59 percent of responding institutions described the faculty bodies as “policy influencing,” even though institutions report that they are mainly advisory. a number of schools around the country have in fact become known for effective shared governance practices, from the University of Cincinnati—in which the faculty is actively involved in collective bargaining, strategic planning, and infrastructure management—to American University (d.c.), which has made strides over the past decade to gain nonvoting representation on the September 2011 | 33

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of University Business - September 2011

University Business - September 2011
Editor's Note
College Index
Ad Index
Behind the News
Financial Aid
Money Matters
Internet Technology
Shared Governance
Acknowledging Achievement
Looking Back
Spotlight on Procurement
EduComm 2011
End Note

University Business - September 2011