Shared Governance

Governance Conference

The AAUP’s annual governance conference was held November 11–13, 2011, in Washington, DC. The conference included training workshops for faculty leaders from around the country as well as presentations of papers and research. Workshops focused on ways to make faculty senates effective, the relationship between collective bargaining units and faculty governance bodies, the impact of the US Supreme Court’s Garcetti decision on governance, and how faculty governance bodies can analyze institutional budgets.

2012 Shared Governance Conference

The AAUP held its annual Shared Governance Conference from October 26 through 28, 2012.

AAUP Releases Statement on Confidentiality in Academic Governance

A draft statement released in November by the AAUP argues that requiring faculty members to sign confidentiality agreements as a condition of serving on university committees is in most cases inconsistent with widely accepted standards of shared governance and with the concept of serving as a faculty representative. This argument does not apply to those serving on promotion and tenure committees and similar bodies, where faculty members do not serve as representatives but instead are elected to exercise their own professional judgment in interpreting and applying relevant criteria.

AAUP Hosts Governance Conference

The AAUP held its annual governance conference October 26–28, 2012, in Washington, DC. The event featured workshops, panels, a reception, and plenary addresses discussing the role of the faculty in university governance. Presenters included Rudy Fichtenbaum, president of the AAUP; Larry Gerber, chair of the AAUP’s Committee on College and University Governance; B.

Faculty Communication with Governing Boards

College and university governance works best when every constituency within the institution has a clear understanding of its role with respect to the other constituencies. It works best when communication among the governing board, the administration, and the faculty (not to mention the staff and students) is regular, open, and honest. Too often the president serves as the sole conduit for the governing board and the faculty to communicate with each other. While this practice may be efficient, it rarely enhances understanding between governing boards and faculties.

Annual Meeting Passes Three Resolutions

On Saturday, June 15, 2013,  the AAUP's Ninety-ninth Annual Meeting passed the following three resolutions: Resolution Supporting The Bank on Students Loan Fairness Act, Resolution in Support of Faculty Control of the Curriculum at the City University of New York, and a resolution on “Profile for a Twenty-First-Century President”

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