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2018 Seminar

Institute on College Futures: Shared Governance

July 13-14, 2018
ACM office, Chicago, IL

The 2018 institute focused on shared governance, offering sessions designed to help ACM faculty build a deeper knowledge of the issues that complicate strategic decision and strategies for enhancing shared governance outcomes.

Seminar Program and Schedule


11:00 a.m. - Registration

11:45 a.m. - Welcome and Introductions by Sonya Malunda, President, ACM

Steven Bahls

Steven C. Bahls

Noon - Keynote Address: The Current Landscape of Shared Governance Structures — Liberal Arts Colleges in Context

Presenter:  Steven C. Bahls, President, Augustana College

1:15 p.m. - Lunch

2:15 p.m. - Framing the Sessions: Issues that Complicate Strategic Decision Making and Strategies for Enhancing Shared Governance Outcomes

Presenter: Brian Williams, Vice President and Director of Faculty and Grant Programs, ACM

2:30 p.m. - Issue #1: External and Internal Pressures that Complicate Strategic Decision Making in the Context of Shared Governance Structures

Facilitator: Ed Wingenbach, Vice President and Dean of the Faculty, Ripon College

Framing Questions:
• What is the right balance between “faculty voice and participation” on the one hand and the “workload of governance” on the other?
• What are the incentives/motivations supporting (and impediments to) faculty service in governance roles?
• What capacity do faculty have to participate in governance roles?
• What should faculty be able to expect from administrators and Board members to ensure effective and efficient shared governance structures?
• In what ways do the increased economic challenges under which higher education operates complicate shared governance?
• What other external or internal pressures also present challenges to effective shared governance?

3:45 p.m. - Break

4:00 p.m. - Issue #2: Locus of Authority in Various Forms of Governance on Liberal Arts Campuses

Facilitator: Teresa Amott, President, Knox College

Framing Questions:
• What is the relationship between faculty governance, administrative governance, board governance, and shared governance?
• What is the faculty role in defining strategic institutional priorities as the first step toward their implementation?
• What are the pinch points in shared governance structures that impede effective decision making?
• What issues/decisions are delegable to others on campus (or to the Board) and what would encourage faculty, administration, and Boards to redistribute authority?
• Representative bodies for faculty and how they are used (or not used) effectively
• Lack of effective participation in governance structures
• Lack of effective communication and sharing of information
• Lack of understanding of distinctive challenges and constraints faced by decision makers

4:45 p.m. - Wrap-Up

5:00 p.m. - Dinner


8:30 a.m. - Breakfast

9:00 a.m. - Issue #2 (cont.): Applied Locus of Authority

Facilitator: Sandi Wong, Dean of the College and Dean of the Faculty, Colorado College

10:00 a.m. - Break

10:15 a.m. - Strategy #1: Necessary Pre-Requisites to Effective Shared Governance

Facilitator: Michael Latham, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Grinnell College

Framing Questions:
• How to achieve a foundation of mutual trust between faculty and administrators?
• What is it reasonable for faculty to expect from administrators and Boards to ensure effective shared governance?
• What responsibilities do faculty have in terms of making shared governance effective – e.g., faculty responsibilities for making representative faculty bodies speak for full faculty?

11:30 a.m. - Lunch

1:00 p.m. - Strategy #2: Enabling a Flexible Approach for Issues and Crises that Require Agile Decision Making

Facilitator: Ed Wingenbach, Vice President and Dean of the Faculty, Ripon College

Framing Questions:
• In what ways might the principles of “shared governance” provide more flexibility in situations that require administrative decision makers to be agile in their decisions?
• The appropriate participation of faculty, administrators and the Board.

2:15 p.m. - Break

2:30 p.m. - Lightning Round Presentations from Case-Study Groups

Facilitator: Brian Williams, Vice President and Director of Faculty Development and Grant Programs, ACM

Framing Question:
• What are the main takeaways that the break-out groups have discovered while working with their case scenario over the course of the institute?

3:30 p.m. - Short Case Study Group Reports Out to the Whole

4:45 p.m. - Conclusion