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Task Force on Governance

Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010

Update from the Executive Task Force on Governance

In May the University Coordinating Committee organized the Executive Task Force on Governance in response to WASC’s recommendation to review SCU’s governance. The task force began their work in the summer and continues to make progress. The chair of the committee, Jane Curry, has prepared a status report for the University community.


Submitted by Jane Curry, Chair:

Past Work

The Task Force has begun holding focus groups with faculty and staff who have been engaged in the various University Policy Committees, the UCC, and the Faculty and Staff Senates.  Survey questions regarding governance are included on the Higher Education Research Institute survey being done by faculty. Staff members are being surveyed for their opinions in a separate survey.  Key administrators, students and other groups on campus will be interviewed as well. 

Any faculty, staff or student who wishes to send comments on how the governance is working and what should be changed can submit them on the website at  All comments appear anonymously and go directly to the Task Force. 

In October, the Task Force presented a summary of the governance review process to the Faculty Senate and will present to the Staff Senate on November 19.  Talks are underway with student leaders as well.

In November, at President Engh’s suggestion, a number of members of the Task Force attended the American Association of University Professors conference on collaborative governance to learn about other governance options and how they work.

Future Work

In the winter and spring quarters 2011, the Task Force will review the campus community’s experiences and ideas and develop a set of preliminary proposals to improve the current governance process.  A retreat will then be held (hopefully, in the spring) to report on the results and examine, as a community, what will best serve the University.

The Executive Task Force will make several documents available to interested members of the community, including the summary results of the surveys, focus groups, and conversations with key administrators and other groups on campus; our research on the development and intent of the initial governance, developed in 1993-4; the literature on best practices in collaborative governance; and the governance processes in comparable universities. 

Committee Members

The Task Force members are Janey Curry, chair; Andre Delbecq; Leilani Miller; Gail Gradowski; Jim Rowan; Jacqueline Wender; Don Polden; Jeanne Rosenberger; and Robert Warren.  Please feel free to contact any members if you would like updates or have suggestions or concerns.


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