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Status of Issues in Governance 2004-2005

Status of Issues in Governance 2004-2005

Issue/Charge

Committee

Status*

Governance Review Steering Committee

Approved through governance.  Approved by Board of Trustees June 30, 2005

Calendar Issues:  1) Time for Interdisciplinary Groups; 2) Time for Department Chair Meetings

(Wednesday meeting schedule)

CPP (ad hoc sub committee on calendar and scheduling)

Approved through governance

Implementation of Recommendations about  Faculty Work 

CFA

 Step 3

Conference Committee Report

Alignment of Promotions Document with Reappointment/Tenure Document

CFA

Step 3

Pending Provost’s response

Review of SOSA Policy and Implementation 

 CFA

Approved through governance

Alcohol and Other Drug Policy Review

CSCC

Approved through governance

Disciplinary Policies

CSCC

Step 2

Student Travel Policy

CSCC

Step1

Policy on Academic Standing and Dismissal

CAP

Approved through governance

Web Page Policy

CSCC

Approved through governance

Program Closure of Academic and Non-Academic Programs

CPP and CAP

Step 3

Pending Board of Trustee’s approval

Smoking Policy

CSCC

Step 2

Superseded by State statute

Linguistics Minor

CAP

Approved through governance

Photography Minor

CAP

Approved through governance

Maximum Number of Majors

CAP

Approved through governance

Professional Selling Minor

CAP

Approved through governance

Joint Appointments, Transfer of Line, and Affiliation Status

CFA

Approved through governance

Double Counting of Courses for International Studies Majors

CAP

Step 1

Last Updated 10-29-2005


*          Step #1 — Identifying and reporting the problem:  When a Standing Committee receives an issue from the Steering Committee, the first responsibility is to clearly articulate and report the problem to the campus community through regular updates to the campus community and the Governance Web Page (http://academicaffairs.pages.tcnj.edu/college-governance/).  The problem may have been set out clearly in the charge received from the Steering Committee, or it may be necessary for the Standing Committee to frame a problem statement.  The problem statement should indicate the difficulties or uncertainties that need to be addressed through new or revised policy, procedure, or program.  The problem statement should be broadly stated and should include a context such as existing policy or practice.  Problem statements may include solution parameters but should not suggest any actual solutions.  Clearly stated problems will lead to better recommendations.

Step #2 — Preparing a preliminary recommendation:  Once the campus community has received the problem statement, committees can begin to collect data needed to make a recommendation.  Committees typically receive input through committee membership, formal testimony, and open comment from affected individuals and all stakeholder groups.  Committees must be proactive in inviting stakeholder groups (including Student Government Association, Staff Senate and Faculty Senate) to provide formal testimony prior to developing a preliminary recommendation.  When, in the best judgment of the committee, adequate clarity of the principles contributing to the problem are known, a preliminary recommendation should be drafted and disseminated to the campus community through regular updates and the Governance Web Page.

Step #3 — Making a Final Recommendation:  Committees must use sound judgment to give the campus adequate time to review the preliminary recommendation before making their final recommendation.  Again, committees are expected to be proactive in receiving feedback on the preliminary recommendation.  If a full calendar year has passed since the formal announcement of the preliminary recommendation, the committee must resubmit a preliminary recommendation to the campus community.  When, in the best judgment of the committee, the campus community has responded to the proposed resolution of the issue, the committee shall send their final recommendation (complete documentation) to the Steering Committee.

Testimony

The presenting of testimony is central to the concept of shared governance.  All stakeholder groups will have an opportunity to provide input into governance issues through direct membership as well as invited testimony.  Individuals appointed or elected to the governance system are expected to take a broad institutional perspective relative to issues being considered.  In contrast, invited testimony will reflect the stakeholder perspective on the issue being considered.  Committees are expected to be proactive in inviting stakeholder groups to provide testimony at both step # 2 and #3 of the process.  Committees need to identify stakeholder groups that are interested in each particular issue and invite their testimony at scheduled Committee meetings or hearings.  Committees should report in their minutes which groups were targeted as stakeholders, how testimony was invited, the form of the testimony (written, oral, etc.), and the substantive content of the testimony.

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