Shared Governance Definition

Shared governance at ϲʿ’s University is a fundamental commitment by faculty, staff,
students, administration, and trustees to collaborate in a mutually supportive and productive
manner to advance the mission and vision of the University. The Faculty Senate, Student
Government Association, Staff Council, Administration and Board of Trustees are the shared
governance bodies at ϲʿs’s University. Collectively, the shared governance bodies
support the consultative decision-making processes that guide the university’s strategic plan.
This shared decision-making is rooted in the values that are most important to ϲʿ’s
University: authenticity, mutual respect, shared purpose, and commitment to Holy Cross.

Shared Governance Characteristics

  1. Communication - To effectively work together, timely communication is critical.
    Communication encompasses many facets, including consultation and collaboration at
    the earliest possible moment and in a transparent and meaningful way.
  2. Shared Purpose and Importance of Community - Shared governance partners commit to
    maintaining a collaborative, productive environment with a focus on mutual respect in
    support of the ϲʿ’s University mission.
  3. Diverse Perspectives - Understanding that all constituents are likely affected in different
    ways by shared decision-making, it is important that diverse perspectives are heard and
    respected to ensure the most informed decisions are made on discrete issues.
  4. Trust: The entire community relies on the confidence that is placed in shared
    governance, which is paramount to the success of the university.
  5. Transparency and Authenticity: For shared decision-making to be successful, shared
    governance partners respond to each other honestly and respectfully to ensure
    productive collaboration and a feedback-rich process.

Shared Governance Guiding Principles

  1. Shared governance at ϲʿ’s University is used, subject to and respecting
    University policies and procedures, and the constituent groups’ respective by-laws, to
    obtain and respond to diverse perspectives when implementing new policies and
    procedures or review of current ones.
  2. Holy Cross values are the core of the ϲʿ’s identity and serve as an anchor for
    the decision-making process.
  3. Shared governance includes appropriate and timely consultation that is followed with
    meaningful communication. This strengthens trust and engagement through an ongoing
    commitment and determination to the principles of shared governance.
  4. Leadership for all shared governance bodies regularly consult with one another at
    appropriate intervals to ensure inclusiveness and justice across the community in pursuit
    of our common goals.
  5. All shared governance bodies commit to working with one another within this framework
    to appropriately review policies and procedures with a focus on greater collaboration and
    increased effectiveness.

Conclusion

We intentionally commit ourselves to working collegially with one another on the decisions we
face, as members of the University. Shared governance is a complex process that necessitates
engagement throughout the University around regular review of policy, ongoing dialogue and
appropriate follow-up.

Shared governance at ϲʿ’s University should mirror the democratic process by
including individual participation, responsibility, and accountability across diverse groups of
stakeholders at the University.

As shared governance bodies, we commit to regular review of this statement every three years.

This document was endorsed by the following bodies Feb. 23, 2023:

  • Faculty Senate
  • Student Government Association
  • Staff Council
  • President’s Cabinet
  • Board of Trustees

Next Statement Review: January 2025

Committee Members:

  • Marianne Ward-Peradoza, PhD, Provost
  • Mary Rist, PhD, Faculty Senate Representative
  • Michelle Flores, Student Government Association Representative
  • Pete Cervantes, Student Government Association Representative
  • Gilbert Contreras, Staff Council Representative
  • Steve Shadowen (ex-officio), Board of Trustees Chair
  • David Abercia, PhD, (convener), Chief of Staff