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Update: Ad Hoc Committee to Review Shared Governance

Dec 1, 2014

The Regent-appointed Ad Hoc Committee to Review Shared Governance met for the first time Nov. 14 to review and begin its charge. Chaired by Dr. Sig Abelson, a Dugoni faculty member, former USC faculty member and former Regent, this group is responsible for reviewing Pacific's existing shared governance policies and principles.

The committee was appointed in an Oct. 15 memo from Board Chair Kathy Janssen and announced in the Oct. 28 Pacific Insider. In one change, two additional faculty have been added to this committee. The additional, non-tenure-track, faculty members are Mary Beth Moylan and Dylan Zorea.  

Faculty have a unique role in college and university governance, which has been affirmed in guidelines issued by the American Association of University Professors, the American Council on Education and the Association of Governing Boards. In higher education, faculty shared governance typically encompasses personnel decisions, selection of administrators, preparation of the budget and the determination of educational policies. Shared governance enables better, more informed decision-making. A common understanding of shared governance at Pacific is crucial at a time of rapid change in higher education.  

While the focus of the committee will be faculty shared governance, staff and student input is critical for good decision making. Staff and students are important members of many key committees at Pacific, such as those that address strategic planning, budget, facilities, technology, compensation, and enterprise risk. Moreover, the results of the shared governance committee and this spring's employee/student surveys will help improve how all employees and students contribute to decision-making at Pacific.    

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