Definition of Shared Governance

The definition of shared governance at Marshall University is as follows:

Shared governance is a systematized structure of transparent decision-making that reflects shared interests and shared responsibility of all constituency groups. Constituency groups—which include, but are not limited to, faculty, students, staff, the Board of Governors and administration—have assured, protected opportunities to influence decisions regarding the operation and direction of Marshall University and established organizational means by which they can carry these out. The role of constituency groups is not merely advisory; instead, decision-making is actively shared among all groups. Constituency groups thus contribute more than mere consultation before the implementation of a decision.

Shared governance relies on an atmosphere of mutual understanding, respect and trust that can foster honest communication and consideration in decision-making. Shared governance promotes transparency, accountability, inclusivity, collaboration, collegiality and interdependence among constituency groups.