Cazenovia College uses a system of shared governance. The Board of Trustees is the legal authority of the College, empowered to set institutional policies, grant degrees, and operate the institution. The Board hires a President who, in turn, encourages active participation by campus constituents in the teaching and learning mission of the College via the governance structure – the various councils and committees that recommend policies, procedures, and priorities at the operational level.
The governance system includes representation from all internal constituencies (administrators, staff, faculty, and students), and places operational decision-making in the hands of the people directly responsible for the work of the College. This sharing of responsibilities is valuable because, as a result of their involvement, the people who participate in the governance process are generally committed to decisions made by the process. It is also important because, through regular open meetings, and publicly posted minutes available to the whole community, the system promotes broad-based understanding of the College’s agenda, and fosters communication between college constituencies regarding important issues.
The governance system was designed both as a practical means of making decisions and as a means of involving a broad range of people in the decision-making process. Great care and attention have been paid to the structure and its implementation. Ultimately, the success of the governance system lies in the hands of those who use it.
Members of the various Councils and Committees have an obligation to educate themselves and their colleagues about the governance system and to advocate for its effective use. At the same time, the college community should become familiar with and make effective use of the governance system through their constituency representatives.
Shared Governance Structure:
- Planning and Shared Governance Council
- Faculty Council
- Employee Welfare Council
- Council on Enrollment Management
- Council on Student Affairs
In addition, 15 standing committees address specific topics and functions within the College's academic and operating environments.