True shared governance requires the active participation of all constituencies in the decision-making process and open communication between employees and management. All employees are encouraged to familiarize themselves with both the benefits and responsibilities of their membership in governance. Formal orientation to shared governance will be offered to all new and existing employees, and leadership training will be held in May of each year for newly elected leaders.
Benefits of Participation:
- Awareness of college business
- Provide input on important issues facing college
- Shared knowledge
- Work with a variety of colleagues from across the campus
- Increased sense of community and solidarity on campus
- Transparency of decision-making at all levels.
- Better policy development based on multiple perspectives
- Ability to address urgent issues and propose solutions.
- Leadership and professional development opportunities
- Be familiar with the governance calendar and avoid scheduling conflicts whenever possible.
- Participate in governance orientation and training.
- Review relevant materials and come to meetings prepared for discussions and decision making (agenda, associated reports and other documents)
- Attend meetings whenever possible, either in person or via WebEx. If it is not possible to attend a meeting, members may review minutes and decisions online.
- Participate in discussions, respectfully listen to colleagues in turn, and contribute to informed decision making.
- Review minutes following each meeting and suggest edits/changes as needed.
- Join or otherwise contribute to committees and/or task forces when possible.
- Step up to a leadership position when possible and particularly when there is a lack of volunteers for a particular position.
- Share issues and concerns regarding the governance process with the Governance Evaluation Committee and provide feedback when requested by the Committee.
You can contact any of the governance leaders listed on the website (see the webpage for your committee, assembly or the Executive Council). The Executive Recorder is a good person to start with who can direct your questions to the correct individual. The Governance Evaluation Committee will also be developing a process for soliciting comments and feedback on shared governance at MxCC.