How the Senate Works

Functions of the Senate

  • To act as a coordinating body to establish mutually satisfactory academic goals and standards among the various colleges and divisions.
  • To be consulted as either a whole body or in appropriate committees on all policies, proposals, and problems of faculty concern, including such matters as the creation of new colleges, new campuses, and new departments.
  • To initiate consideration and recommendation on any matter of faculty concern.
  • To undertake such legislative and advisory functions in connection with the work of the University as may be referred to it by the President and Board of Trustees.
  • To provide communication between the Administration and general University faculty.

Faculty Governance

  • Faculty governance in higher education is a joint effort among several parties including faculty, academic staff, administrators, and the governing board.
  • True shared governance attempts to balance maximum participation in decision making with clear accountability.
  • The key to genuine shared governance is broad and unending communication in order to achieve common goals.
  • When various groups of people are kept in the loop and understand what developments are occurring within the university, and when they are invited to participate as true partners, the institution prospers.
  • There is no one type of governance system appropriate for all institutions.
  • This relationship should be based on collegiality and mutual respect.