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CSCU Shared Governance Award

An annual recognition of an individual CSCU college or university's outstanding contribution to CSCU shared governance, the dual advancement of the mission and goals of the individual institution, and the mission, vision, and goals of the Connecticut BOR.

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2018 Call for Nominations

On behalf of the Board of Regents and the Faculty Advisory Committee, I am pleased to issue a Call for Applications for the CSCU Shared Governance Award.

Consonant with the mission, vision and goals of the CSCU System, the Board of Regents and the Faculty Advisory Committee recognize the importance of administration, faculty, staff, and student cooperation in contributing to the advancement of shared governance in the CSCU institutions. Shared governance is defined as communication, collaboration, and mutual accountability between administration, faculty, staff, and students which advances excellence in the operation of CSCU institutions.

The CSCU Shared Governance Award was jointly established by the Board of Regents and the Faculty Advisory Committee as an annual recognition of an individual CSCU college or university's outstanding contribution to CSCU shared governance, the dual advancement of the mission and goals of the individual institution, and the mission, vision, and goals of the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities. The award will be jointly conferred at the Faculty Advisory Committee's annual Shared Governance and Student Success Conference.

Call for Nominations Letter (pdf) Cover Sheet Template (pdf)

Participation

Each CSCU institution may apply annually. Only one application may be submitted by an institution. The decision to submit an application must be ratified by a majority vote of the elective governance body that is applying for the award. Should there be interests at an institution for more than one submission in a given year, the institution's president will decide which application to endorse. Absence of application in any given year will not be detrimental to institutional applications made in subsequent years.

Selection Criteria

In the submission material the institution will include evidence of demonstrated exemplary achievement of lasting value through shared governance, the effects of which can be seen on the individual institution's campus or throughout the CSCU System. The achievement and its impact should have occurred within the course of three years prior to the conferring of the Award.

Demonstrable outcomes/results should be documented in the applicant's summary statement of achievement. A complete submission must include:

  • A completed copy of the CSCU Shared Governance Award Cover Sheet
  • A summary statement of the achievement, at a length of no more than three pages
  • A letter from the institution's president briefly reflecting the rationale for the application and the merit of the achievement, at a length of no more than three pages

Supporting evidence of the achievement must address each of the following criteria:

  • Demonstration of an inclusive and collaborative decision making process by the elective governance body of the institution
  • Demonstration of open and effective communication among administration, faculty, staff and students
  • Demonstration of a well-designed shared governance process including respect for all pertinent representative bodies and their constituencies
  • Demonstration of the institution's capability to bring about effective change
  • Delineation of outcomes that resulted from the shared governance activity

Confidentiality

All applications will be confidential. Only the awardee will be announced. The assessments of applications by the Selection Committee will not be disclosed.

Application Deadline

Applications must be received by the date stated in the Award's Call for Applications for the respective academic year. Applications should be electronically forwarded to:

    Arthur Poole
    Connecticut State Colleges & Universities
    Office of Academic and Student Affairs
    poolea@ct.edu

Selection Process

The FAC and the BOR will jointly select one CSCU institution annually for the Shared Governance Award from the pool of applicants received during the academic year. Applications will be reviewed by a four-member Selection Committee consisting of current members of the FAC and the BOR. Should the committee's initial application review process closely rank two or three applicants, the selection committee may elect to make inquiries of the finalists' governance leader and/or others.

The awardee will be announced at the annual Faculty Advisory Committee Conference on Shared Governance and Student Success, usually scheduled for the spring semester.

Timeline


    • Call for Applications
      To be issued by the System Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs on behalf of the Board of Regents and Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC), to include the award's application requirements developed jointly by the Board's Academic and Student Affairs Committee (ASA) and FAC.
    • Deadline for submission of applications
      Applications must be submitted in compliance with procedures articulated in award's application requirements.
    • Review and assessment of applications by Selection Committee members
      The System Office of the Provost will coordinate review and assessment of applications by the individual members of the Selection Committee to be established jointly by the ASA and FAC.
    • Announcement of Award recipient at FAC's Conference on Shared Governance and Student Success