I.4. Shared Governance and Committees of the University
Shared responsibility for the governance of the academic institution is a long-standing tradition (see AAUP: Governance of Colleges & Universities;). In this regard, NIU's Constitution and Bylaws, Preamble stipulates that faculty share predominantly in all policy decisions that involve the faculty personnel process, curriculum, admission, and academic standards. This shared governance is the foundation of the dual track personnel process and departments; standing committees. In practical terms, effective faculty governance requires effective leadership from the chair to keep faculty members well-informed and to facilitate the making and interpretation of policy in ways that encourage the faculty's full participation and investment in the life and responsibilities of the department. See also Section II Chair's Role and Responsibilities and Leadership.