Fourth Goal

Foster a cohesive, effective governance structure that engages faculty with students, staff, and trustees in collaborative, creative, and proactive stewardship.

To help us realize this vision, it will be essential that we consult and broadly explore best practices to develop a governance structure that emphasizes and fosters collaboration among faculty, students, staff, and trustees, and that encourages responsive and creative approaches to problem solving.

We will convene a task force of faculty, staff, and administration to review the current governance structure and to bring back to the Board of Trustees for its approval recommend changes to improve effectiveness and collaboration. The task force’s work will be informed by current internal discussions and a study of literature and effective models at other institutions. It will include an examination of various University committees and their roles followed by recommendations for restructuring.

A more collaborative, responsive, and productive governance system will help us more effectively address our needs and act on our ambitions. Progress will require trust in decisions based on our collective expertise and made in the best interests of the University community. Creating a culture of communication, engagement, and openness throughout our University community and implementing mechanisms to facilitate the exchange of perspectives and ideas across campus will be essential to achieving this goal.

Key objectives:

  • Establish a task force to review governance and decision-making for efficiency, effectiveness, planning, and communications, and to recommend a new structure that encourages stronger collaboration among all constituencies.
  • Review internal communications and explore the development of intranet sites and portals to better connect offices, departments, programs, and the entire University community.