How We Work Together
How the culture of shared governance plays out in communication among the various constituencies of the College community.
November 8, 2013, 2:30–4:00 pm, Three Crowns Room (JC 219)
- Moderator's introduction (5 minutes)
- Talk with a neighbor about which subtopics you are interested in commenting on and in what way. (5 minutes)
- There is a spectrum of shared-governance interactions, including the following:
- One body has the responsibility to make a decision without even consulting others.
- One body deliberates and makes the decision after consulting other bodies for input prior to deliberation.
- One body deliberates and makes a preliminary decision after receiving input; another body is expected ordinarily to ratify that decision.
- One body deliberates and makes the decision, iteratively consulting with other bodies at multiple points within the deliberation.
- Multiple bodies jointly deliberate and then one body makes the decision.
- Multiple bodies jointly deliberate and jointly reach a decision.
- How do we manage disagreement when it naturally arises? (15 minutes)
- How do we agree upon expectations for information sharing and, conversely, for confidentiality? What are the boundaries? (15 minutes)
- The most basic sense of "accountability" is being expected to justify decisions. What should accountability look like within Gustavus's shared governance? (15 minutes)
- Open discussion (20 minutes) – continue any of the above or address other aspects of "How We Work Together"
Related Specific Topics
- Faculty Communication with Governing Boards: Best Practices
- Confidentiality and Faculty Representation in Academic Governance
- Competing Views of Shared Governance
- 1966 Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities
- Statement on Board Responsibility for Institutional Governance
- Summary of Key Gustavus Governance Documents (Full versions: Purple Pages and Blue Pages
Notes From the Open Session
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