We spent most of yesterday poring over documents received from the University of Louisville that followers of the Robert Felner debacle will find quite interesting.
Here’s a report from the Ad Hoc Administrative Policies for Collegial Governance Committee that… well, just read Provost Shirley Willihnganz’s letter to President Jim Ramsey introducing the report:
January 6, 2009
Dr. James Ramsey
University of Louisville
Attached hereto is the “Report from the Ad Hoc Administrative Policies for Collegial Governance Committee” prepared upon the directive of the Board of Trustees in response to a request from the Faculty and Staff Trustees. The Committee was asked to “initiate a meaningful review of managerial and administrative practices that affect collegial governance within units.”
The report is very thorough and well-thought out. It contains 19 recommendations covering the following areas: governance education; appointment and review of deans and chairs; central oversight of unit governance (academic, personnel, and governance); and the principle of dissent. I am pleased to submit this report to you with my full concurrence of the recommendations, and, if approved, will work diligently to see that the proper steps are taken to carry out the recommendations.
Shirley C. Willihnganz
Executive Vice President and University Provost
cc: Beth Boehm, Chair, Ad Hoc Administrative Policies for Collegial Governance Committee
Read highlights from the report and recommendations after the jump…
One highlight from the report:
E) The Principle of Dissent
We end by emphasizing the importance of respect for the diversity of opinion in the university. The Board of Trustees, administrators, faculty, staff and students will not always be of one voice on matters of policy and practice, and dissent from the majority view must be respected by all involved. No stakeholder should fear retaliation for expressing dissent from the majority opinion or from the opinion of a superior.
Therefore, we recommend that Chapter 2 of The Redbook be amended to include a statement indicating that the expression of dissent from the majority opinion or from the opinion of a superior may not result in any form of harassment or retaliation.
And from the Ad Hoc Administrative Policies for Collegial Governance Committee Summary of Recommendations:
B) Recommendations for Appointment and Review of Deans and Chairs
1) It should go without saying that all appointments must be made according to the procedures specified in The Redbook. In the case of external candidates for deans or departmental officers, we recommend that reference checks be extensive and include questions regarding the candidate’s commitments to the principles of shared governance.
3) We recommend a) that the Provost’s annual review of each unit dean include input from the unit’s faculty and staff (and that all faculty and staff within the unit have an opportunity to provide such input), and b) that an assessment of the dean’s commitment to the principles of shared governance be included in this review.
Click here to read the entire report. Share your thoughts in the comments. It’s an 8.5MB PDF file, so consider yourself warned. Only download it if you’ve got the time and desire to read it.