Newly-formed Shared Governance Working Group aims for transparency, inclusive decisions

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  1. Marsha Schnirring says:

    I genuinely appreciate the Weekly’s coverage on the planned shared governance working group. There are a couple of unintentional inaccuracies that I would like to correct and some points of clarification. I hope readers will bear with this longish comment from me and that anyone with questions will free to call me (x2542) or come talk to me in person.

    The idea for the working group came out of the June 2016 senior administrative leadership annual planning retreat, which included academic affairs, admission/finaid, diversity & equity, finance & planning, general counsel, institutional advancement, ITS, marketing & communication, and student affairs. Creating a working group was discussed with associate deans and members of faculty council over the summer, before the call for faculty participation was sent 8/31, at the beginning of the academic year. This is a fairly standard process for convening working groups at Oxy.

    The working group is still not fully constituted (no faculty have been appointed) and no meeting schedule has been set. Faculty Council has asked me to meet with some individual faculty members who have expressed interest – to answer their questions, address concerns and elicit their input.

    The original charge for the working group was 4-fold: 1.) read about and discuss shared governance and decision-making in higher education and at Oxy; 2.) create a decision-making matrix (based on a model from another institution) that articulates our current administrative, faculty and student roles in key decision-making areas; 3.) present the draft matrix first to senior academic and administrative leaders, and then to the larger community in the spring of 2017; 4.) make recommendations as to further iterations of the process and matrix.

    I first came to work at Oxy in 2006 as the instructional services librarian. I only began to focus on increasing transparency in institutional decision-making in 2014, when I came to work in the office of the president.

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