ACAD Workshop 1: Contemporary Stressors, Shared Governance, and the Academic Dean
Colleges and universities face an intensifying regulatory environment, growing public skepticism about value and accountability, and the challenges of escalating institutional costs. Under such circumstances, deans face the stresses of moving quickly from deliberation to action while aligning interests to effect change. Participants will examine how shared governance both impacts and is affected by such stressors, while considering ways to maintain inclusivity and respond effectively.
This workshop is intended to focus on two aspects of shared governance: the non-formal, cultural dimensions that express how stakeholders expect governance to work, and the “who, what, and how” of implementing decisions. Because deans and provosts often find themselves in the position of explaining shared governance, we will begin by discussing effective ways to explain shared governance, both in principle and in practice.
Participants will develop two types of plans. The first is a master plan for campus discussion around a crucial issue. This plan will include methods for acknowledging institutional culture and other tacit expectations that inform decisions and action. The second type of plan is for implementing a project to respond to a stressor (i.e., one that necessitates change in policy, budget, or operation) through the system of shared governance.