At the University of Houston-Victoria, shared governance is a participatory, advisory process that supports the university's mission. Shared governance provides a collaborative avenue through which the constituent groups advise the university's president on matters of policy, assist in the development of procedures, and monitor and oversee the implementation of policies and procedures.
The Governance Process
Governance refers to the process of policy-making and macro-level decision-making within higher education. Academic (or internal governance is defined as the manner in which issues affecting the entire institution, or more or more constituents, are decided. Constituent groups are expected to handle their own internal affairs, and not every item needs to go through the shared governance process.
Shared governance consists of the following councils and committees:
- President’s Cabinet
- Academic Council
- Faculty Senate
- Student Housing and Dining Committee
- Budget Oversight Committee
- Staff Council
- Student Senate
Any member of any constituent group or any person at UHV may introduce a policy proposal or other item in the appropriate shared governance committee. Upon introduction of the item to the chair of the shared governance committee, the chair of the committee may:
- Place the item on the committee's next available meeting agenda
- Return the item to the person or group with notice that the item is not a shared governance concern
- Route the item to the appropriate shared governance committee
- Inform the person or group that the item needs further development before being introduced into the shared governance process