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New website promotes shared governance

October 7, 2014

Shared governance is one of the most important aspects of the University of Wisconsin System, with its principles specifically noted in state statute. Wisconsin Chapter 36 established the right to have this important voice and role on campus.

A new website,, offers helpful links and more information for academic staff, classified staff, faculty and students who are interested in participating.

Shared governance gives representation to the campus community in making significant decisions concerning the operation of the university. There are numerous opportunities to participate, either by serving on one of the shared governance bodies or committees, or by offering input to representatives.

People participate for a variety of reasons — some serve for many years while others choose to serve for shorter periods of time.

Participating in shared governance is an opportunity for the more than 20,000 employees and 40,000 students across campus to come together to share ideas, make a difference and gain professional experience. It allows people to meet and work with others they might not otherwise have a chance to work with.