ERIC Number: EJ822791
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: N/A
Who Decides What?
Trusteeship, v15 n6 p24-28 Nov-Dec 2007
Successful shared governance often means that trustees and administrators take an interest in and demonstrate an understanding of what professors do in their disciplines, while faculty members show an understanding and respect for the responsibilities held by the university's leaders. At some colleges and universities, shared governance processes are somewhat unclear for reasons that include frequent changes in administrative leadership, rapid growth in enrollment, institutional complexity, and changing contexts and goals. It can be difficult to determine how to assign decision-making responsibilities among leaders and various constituent groups. Delegating commonly agreed-upon areas of accountability requires a strategy that balances sensitivity against objectivity. In this article, the author describes how Central Michigan University tackled the delegation challenge by developing a matrix of decision-making responsibilities that is sensitive to all major university interests.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Governance, College Faculty, College Administration, Decision Making, Accountability, Trustees
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan