Shared governance offers the opportunity for all faculty, staff, and students to actively contribute to the decision-making process at Middlesex Community College in pursuit of excellence in its educational mission. The governance system ensures open communication among all groups, including the College President and administration. The decisions and policies that result from this inclusive model of governance are made better through the collective intelligence of the college community. Not all decisions or actions by members of the campus community are matters of deliberation for the governance system and the governance process is not intended to supersede the designated authority and responsibility of individuals or offices of the college responsible for daily operations. Ultimately, legal authority for decision-making at the college rests with the Board of Regents, which delegates authority for day-to-day operations to the College President. The framework of the governance system ensures that the President receives timely input from faculty, staff, and students and gives consideration to their recommendations in addressing issues and making policy.
The governance system is a new model to be tested during the academic year 2015-16. This model was developed to address concerns about a lack of transparency, accountability, communication, and engagement repeatedly expressed by participants in recent years. The NECHE accreditation report of 2013-14 also identified governance as an area of particular concern at the college. In addition, recent significant budget challenges highlight the need for a nimble yet inclusive decision-making process.
The effectiveness of the new governance system will be evaluated throughout the academic year 2015-16 by a Governance Evaluation Committee reporting to the new Executive Council. This committee will address any questions and confusion that may arise during the test period, and may propose changes. By April of 2016, the Governance Evaluation Committee (GEC) will make final recommendations to the Executive Council regarding the new system. The campus community will have the opportunity to vote at a College Assembly on whether to extend the test period, adopt the new system and new by-laws, or consider other options for governance.