Shared Governance and the Role of Advisory Committees and the Academic Administration

Policy number: 
06.047
Policy description: 

Shared governance is and shall be a central tenet of academic decision-making at the University of North Texas (as it is in higher education at major public Universities throughout the U.S.).  The participation of faculty in decisions that involve academic matters assures that academic quality remains at the heart of the process.  Authority for decisions, however, is vested in the Board of Regents, Chancellor, and the President.  The President may delegate authority to other members of the University administration as allowed by state law and Regents Rules.  Authority may only rest with individuals who can be held directly accountable for the decisions they make.   Thus, authority may not rest with a committee.  

Policy owner: VP for Academic Affairs
Policy contact: 
Terri Day
Vice Provost for Academic Administration
Division of Academic Affairs
Applies to: 
Faculty
Date Issued: 
Saturday, January 23, 2010

Last updated: 

Date: 
02/16/2010
Action: 
Revision
Comments: 
Revised to clarify the language and indicate the responsible party. Revisions to this policy are effective as of 2/16/2010.
Date: 
01/23/2010
Action: 
New Policy
Comments: 
New policy describes the relationship between the administration and the faculty in which the faculty participate in giving direction and recommendations to the University on academic decisions affecting faculty. Effective 01/23/2010.