Debate over the issue of governance has been at the forefront of discussion in policy-making decisions as higher education and its policy evolve. Questions of policy-making decisions and the role of shared governance on the university campuses of today become paramount as the throng of accountability rings in the halls of justice. As the backdrop of public education turns to the watchful eye of regulation, the policy of shared governance comes into discussion amongst leaders in higher education as well as policy makers across the nation. Recognizing the differences in governing bodies and their structure throughout the United States college campuses, scholars and lawmakers make attempt at understanding governance its contribution to the overall performance of higher education. Topics addressed herein are research-based observations and descriptions of three types of governance in higher education, as scholars discuss the structure of shared governance and its effect on campus decision/policy-making processes and overall performance.
Shared Governance Policy in Higher Education
Questions concerning governance and standard university campus policy have been discussed for decades with no apparent resolve. As accountability looms with connection to federal monies, more research has been conducted in attempts to categorize levels and means of governance with general standardization within reporting categories. As the evolution of education continues, so does the concept of shared governance. It is important to note that although shared governance exists, it does so at varying levels of cooperation between state, federal and even internal entities…thus the difficulty of finding standard of operating governance procedures. In this review of literature, shared governance is explained and classified as three distinct avenues for governance in of institutions of higher education. Public institutions of higher learning quite often operate, in...