Last academic year Emily Grannis, a senior campus writer for The Post, did a series on shared governance at Ohio University.  One of the articles asked faculty, administrators, and students  to define “shared governance.”  You can read her article here, but to quote one of the telling findings: “The Post received 22 unique definitions of the term from 26 OU sources.”

Andrew Jackson famously stated that it was a “poor mind indeed which can’t think of at least two ways to spell any word.”  Perhaps then we should rejoice that as a community we “spell” shared governance in multiple ways.  But if there is no common place for our academic community to anchor its definition of shared governance there is bound to be confusion and frustration.

Apparently, Ohio University isn’t the only institution that finds itself in need of a way to capture and concentrate  the complexities of what shared governance is and how it should operate.  There’s an abundant literature on the subject.  Some common readings on shared governance could serve as a common place to begin our discussion.