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The question is often asked, ‘What is Shared Governance?’

Shared governance attempts to combine maximum participation in decision making with clear accountability. It is this process that gives voice to concerns common to all constituencies as well as issues unique to specific groups.

All employees are encouraged to participate in shared governance in order to help our institution make major decisions through a process that is inclusive.

Participating in shared governance takes many forms. In addition to the Classified Staff Executive Committee and the Classified Staff Congress, there are a number of campus advisory, standing, and ad hoc committees as well as work groups which include classified staff. There are search and screen committees used to examine the applications for position vacancies, and these also include representatives of the classified staff.

New initiatives and policy changes may be presented to classified staff through the use of in person briefing sessions and forums. This too, is part of shared governance. At each level classified staff is encouraged to take part in these important endeavors.

The University has committed to working with employees to adjust schedules so that everyone will be able to participate in shared governance business within their scheduled work hours. Please provide your supervisor with adequate notification of shared governance meetings and events that you intend to attend.