Committee Re-structuring LO16610

Sun, 18 Jan 1998 13:50:06 -0500

I have been placed on a university Task Force on Committee Structure.
Those who initiated the Task Force may have had a very limited goal, i.e.,
to have each committee review its goals and membership and suggest
revisions in time for a new faculty handbook. However, I see this as an
opportunity for a more substantive re-invention of our committee
structure. Such an opportunity may not re-occur soon, although I hope we
can make it an ongoing built-in part of our system.
In these days of very fast change, it seems to me that it is important
1. committees see themselves as part of a system; its deliberations and
decisions (or lack of them) may have serious consequences for parts of our
university that, at first glance, do not seem directly involved, including
the work of other committees.
2. Deliberations and decisions must be timely or events will pass them
by and the consituencies will lose any sense of the efficacy and relevance
of the committees.
3. Agendas, issues, decisions and information must flow freely between
the different committees and the entire community, so that awareness,
dialogue, participation and informed decision-making are more likely.

I'm sure that many more issues and perspectives are involved than those
I have mentioned in this brief note. Although I am in a university
setting, my experiences in these LO discussions have demonstrated the
potential of applying ideas and praxis of a pplications from other areas
(business, health care, etc) to my own area.
If any LO members have experiences, sources or ideas to share, they
would be gratefully appreciated.

Dennis Bozyk
Madonna University, Michigan



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