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University Governance and Standing Meetings

U Governance and Standing Meetings

The consultative process and how it relates to the University's governance process is at the heart of University of Minnesota internal communications and the decision making process. Understanding the need to consult with key groups and how to go about it is critical to the success of strategic initiatives.

Determining the "how, when, and whom" of consultation can be daunting. To assist in that process, we have begun to compile a list of University standing meetings, including a section that is in wiki format so that decentralized knowledge can be collected. Standing meetings have never been compiled in a comprehensive format at the U. This list is a beginning.

1. U Governance

The University's governance system is a transparent and engaged organizational structure that is invested in seeking ideas and perspectives from diverse individuals. This shared governance model encourages the entire University community to become vested in the reputation and success of the University. Consulting with the appropriate governance bodies and committees is essential to conducting business at the U.

The University of Minnesota is governed by a Board of Regents whose 12 members are elected by the legislature, one from each of Minnesota's eight congressional districts and four from the state at large. The president of the University is the chief executive officer of the University and ex officio president of the Board.

The president is supported in his responsibilities by an executive team (72 KB PDF) including the three senior vice presidents, the vice presidents and general counsel, the chancellors of the University's four coordinate campuses, the director of athletics, associate vice president for the department internal audits, and the president of the University of Minnesota Foundation.

The University Senate is an elected body of faculty, students, academic professionals, and civil service staff that discusses and approves administrative matters that affect the entire University.

The Faculty Senate is an elected body of faculty and academic professional representatives that focuses on faculty welfare, educational, and research matters concerning more than one campus or the University as a whole. The Student Senate is an elected body that focuses on such matters as student government, student organizations, and student publications, as well as advising on matters related to student behavior and student academic integrity.

There are a number of individual governance committees that report up to the University Senate, Faculty Senate, or Student Senate. These committees focus on issues related to benefits, educational policy, student affairs, and equity and diversity, for example. A full list of senate committees can be found online.

Student Governance
At the University there are a number of student organizations that serve as opportunities for consultation with important constituencies.  A list of these groups can be found here.

2. Standing Meetings

In addition to U governance, standing committees and groups from every corner of the University carry forward the work of the University. A list of these meetings is being compiled in wiki format here.