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ERIC Number: ED561857
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
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Faculty Communication with Governing Boards: Best Practices
Tiede, Hans-Joerg; Gerber, Larry G.; Turkel, Gerald M.; Kreiser, B. Robert
American Association of University Professors
This article presents a statement prepared by a subcommittee of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) regarding best practices for communication between college faculty and governing boards of colleges. Based on a consideration of relevant AAUP documents and in view of the current climate in higher education, this statement urges greater communication between faculties and governing boards in colleges and universities. Communication between faculty and board members, when it occurs at all, tends to be ritualized, infrequent, and limited to specific agenda items. College and university governance works best when each constituency within the institution clearly understands its role and relationship to the other constituents and when communication among the governing board, the administration, and the faculty is regular, open, and unmediated. This report recommends the following: (1) Every standing committee of the governing board, including the executive committee, should include a faculty representative; (2) New faculty representatives to the governing board should participate in orientation for new trustees; and (3) Direct communication between the faculty and the governing board should occur through a liaison or conference committee consisting only of faculty members and trustees, and they should meet regularly to discuss topics of mutual interest.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: American Association of University Professors