UMD Governance Proposal
Dear UMD Campus Community:
As you may know, a significant majority of the Campus Assembly members who voted on the new shared governance model voted in favor of the proposal. Ninety of the 101 members of Campus Assembly voted, and 5 of those abstained. Of the 85 who voted either yes or no, 59% supported the new governance proposal and 41% opposed. For the proposal to pass as a constitutional amendment, a two-thirds voter approval is required.
Over the past two weeks, Andrea Schokker and I have discussed a number of options and have reviewed these options with the Chancellor's Cabinet. Please see the new Committee Summary and graphic, which address most of the issues discussed at the March 5 forum. The confusions from the previous proposal have been cleared up, and we have strengthened the collaborative nature of this new shared governance model.
Please review this new proposal and provide us with your anonymous feedback by April 1, 2013.
After we review this feedback, the Chancellor's Cabinet will determine next steps.
One new aspect of this proposal is the suggestion that we do away with the concept of voting and non-voting members. This may seem an odd concept in a democratic society, but it makes a lot of sense in a university setting where the campus shared governance should be focused on collaboration and is advisory to the Chancellor. In actuality, there is little voting of consequence within university committees, and we should always work toward consensus. The committee membership is still important. For example, we have a majority of faculty on Academic Policies and Procedures, a majority of students on Student Affairs, etc. However, if we do away with voting and non-voting labels, then we make it clearer that each committee member has a voice.
Thank you again for your interest in a collaborative and effective campus shared governance process at UMD.