Shared Governance

Cazenovia College uses a system of shared governance. The Board of Trustees is the legal authority of the College, empowered to set institutional policies, grant degrees, and operate the institution. The Board hires a President who, in turn, encourages active participation by campus constituents in the teaching and learning mission of the College via the governance structure – the various councils and committees that recommend policies, procedures, and priorities at the operational level.

The governance system includes representation from all internal constituencies (administrators, staff, faculty, and students), andwas designed as practical way to involve a broad range of people in the decision-making process. This broad representation is valuable because, as a result of their involvement, the people who participate in the governance process are generally committed to decisions made by the process. It is also important because, through regular open meetings, and publicly posted minutes available to the whole community, the system promotes broad-based understanding of the College’s agenda, and fosters communication between college constituencies regarding important issues.

Members of the various Councils and Committees have an obligation to educate themselves and their colleagues about the governance system and to advocate for its effective use. At the same time, the college community should become familiar with and make effective use of the governance system through their constituency representatives.

Governance Councils:
Planning Council
Faculty Council
Employee Welfare Council
President’s Advisory Council