State of Faculty Shared Governance:

CU Denver's Colleges, Schools and Library

In December 2022, the Faculty Assembly (FA) adopted a resolution urging the university to enhance shared governance at CU Denver’s schools, colleges, and the Auraria Library (hereafter referred to as "colleges"). In response, the Office of the Provost committed to conducting a comprehensive review of faculty shared governance practices.


This review occurred during the Spring 2024 semester and focused on examining bylaws, faculty structures, and compliance with Regent Law and Policies regarding faculty shared governance. This report, authored by Associate Professor Peter Anthamatten, a former FA Chair, details the findings of this review.


Recognizing that each college operates under unique circumstances, including academic traditions and accreditation requirements, the report evaluates existing college bylaws to ensure alignment and compliance with University of Colorado Board of Regents Policy Article 5.A.1, which outlines principles on faculty governance,


The report is divided into the following sections:


  • Executive Summary (Written by Turan Kayaoglu, Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs)
  • Section I: Review of existing faculty governance structures in the college bylaws, with recommendations for improvements
  • Section II: Results of a faculty survey conducted in March 2024, with over 250 rostered faculty participants sharing their experiences and perceptions about shared governance at their colleges
  • Section III: Key themes from interviews with over 50 administrators and faculty leaders in March and April 2024 regarding faculty shared governance at their colleges



Shared Governance Report Sections

Background Documents (December 2022)

Other Shared Governance Documents

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CU Denver

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