Survey on UI shared governance offered

University of Illinois faculty members are being asked to complete a survey about how shared governance is working, or not working, at the department or unit level on campus.

The Academic Senate, a quasi-legislative body of faculty, student and staff leaders on campus, emailed a request to Urbana faculty asking them to fill out the survey. It poses 10 questions and should take a few minutes to complete.

"In the last several years, shared governance has been working well," at the campus and university level, said senate Chair and UI Professor Matt Wheeler. But faculty leaders on the senate wanted to know, is it working at the departmental level? To answer that question, he said, they put together the survey.

Survey results will be shared with the senate's general university policy committee, whose members will determine if there are issues that require further study or action, Wheeler said.

Shared governance is the concept of faculty and staff advising administration and participating in discussions and decisions.

In Wheeler's email to faculty, he said the senate is committed to "fostering the conditions that make such joint decision-making effective. However, these processes exist not only at the campus and university levels. They are also implemented — and for most faculty most directly experienced — at the department and college levels."

The deadline to fill out the confidential survey is April 26. It can be accessed via https://illinois.edu/sb/sec/664867.

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