Building a Collaborative Workplace
Many Voices, One Common Goal
Shared governance is a process of collaborative decision-making in which the roles and responsibilities of all participants are mutually understood. Shared governance at the Heritage College depends on intentionally creating and maintaining a foundation built on trust, honesty and free and open communication. The goal of shared governance is for faculty, staff and administrators to formulate solutions collaboratively. Unanimity is not the goal – ensuring all voices have the opportunity to be heard and considered is.
Principles of Shared Governance
Members of the Heritage College community will use the following principles as a daily guide for working together:
- We will actively promote and maintain an environment of open communication, respect, cooperation and engagement.
- We will encourage and consider multiple viewpoints and dissenting views as we remain solution-focused and make evidence-based decisions.
- As we consider differing points of view, we will assume our colleagues are equally committed to the Heritage College’s success.
- We will clearly explain and broadly disseminate the rationale for decisions that have been made.
Shared Goverance Team
Jody Van Bibber