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Shared Governance and IBPS: Shared Governance

College Assembly

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Review agendas, minutes, bylaws, operating procedures and more by clicking here.  Share an issue, interest or solution with the team.  They would love to hear from you.

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Myths and Tips on Shared Governance

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IBPS at the College

Interest Based Problem Solving

Staff training and facilitation support.  Learn more.

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College Council


Councils make important recommendations on specific issues to the College Assembly.  See what the Councils are doing and who is on the team.

Getting to Yes

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What does Shared Governance look like at Madison College?


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Common Shared Governance Elements

  • Shared governance typically produces College-wide councils, task forces or sub-teams that focus on specific areas of interest for the College  [i.e. technology council, academic council, student support council, etc.] that serve as recommending bodies.  The councils are represented by a diverse group of administrators, faculty, staff and students.  [example from Georgia Perimeter College, see below]
  • Roles and authority of the various groups are defined by identifying key interests and areas of impact.  Use of examples and/or a list of interests should be written in a handbook such as done by Pasadena City College [CA]. pages 3-6.

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  • Shared governance processes include developing bylaws, policies, procedures and a written or visual organizational structure.  Lincoln Land Community College offers a nice example of bylaws
  • A shared governance handbook/website is usually developed--some call it a manual or Bluebook.  Table of contents and page numbering is essential.  Foothill Community College has a comprehensive governance handbook.
  • Shared governance concepts are often directly connected to strategic planning and/or core values.
  • One troubling common element we discovered is the low or somewhat unclear level which students are involved in shared governance.  The issue of getting students more involved in the  governance process is addressed in the article Practicing what we preach: cultivating democratic practice in governance in the Summer 2012 issue of Liberal Education (American Association of Colleges and Universities).