The idea of shared governance is critical to our well being but one aspect of it has to do with who is actually doing the sharing. The many faculty committees that have been formed to make important university wide decisions have much influence (more than a simple faculty comment or vote on an issue) but, how were the membership of these committees chosen? Was it “the best fit”, “faculty senate”, etc. I believe a significant number of our faculty are being left out of this part of the process because of internal politics or old fashioned thinking that you have to pay some dues first. That’s shared governance based on a hierarchical model and may not be the best one for our future.