Shared governance has traditionally played a strong role on the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campus. Academic activities are faculty and academic staff's area of responsibility and all university personnel (academic staff, faculty, and university staff) play an important role in recommending policies to the administration in many other areas as well.  Common Council is the representative body of academic staff, faculty, and university staff in UW-Stevens Point shared governance.  Our chancellor has demonstrated a commitment to strong shared governance, the success of which depends upon the administration's openness to listening to and consulting with university personnel, and university personnel's willingness to participate in this important responsibility. 


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Chapter 36 of the Wisconsin Statutes directs the faculty and academic staff to determine its own organization to participate in institutional governance. Board of Regents Policy Document, "Classified Staff Governance" (September 6, 2013) provides university staff members the opportunity to be active participants in the immediate governance of and policy development for the institution. It also allows for university staff to determine its own organization to participate in institutional governance.  The Constitution of the Common Council specifies the Common Council as the primary governance representative body. 
The Executive Committee members include the chair and vice chair of the Common Council, the chair-elect (the incoming chair of the Common Council), the past chair for one year after the term of chair, and the chairs of the standing committees. The main function of the Executive Committee is for the chairs of the standing committees to discuss with each other the items that are coming before their committees. The Executive Committee also acts as a liaison group between the Common Council and administration. For example, it is common for the chancellor and the provost to attend Executive Committee meetings to ask for input, to inform the group of upcoming campus issues, and to report on University of Wisconsin System activities and initiatives. While the Executive Committee is not a decision making body (it is not charged with bringing action items to the Common Council floor), it can bring items to the Common Council floor for discussion.

2014-2015 Executive Committee members include:

Randy Olson, Chair, Faculty Senate
Ken Menningen, Chair, Academic Affairs Committee,
   Vice Chair Faculty Senate and Common Council Chair-elect (2015-2016)
Jenny Resch, Chair, Academic Staff Council

Paulette Rogers, Co-chair, Classified Staff Council (non-voting)
David Ozsvath
, Chair, Curriculum Committee
Steve Hill, Chair, Faculty Affairs Committee
Mary Bowman, Chair, General Education Committee
Nathan Wetzel, Chair, Graduate Council
Terri Muraski, Chair, Information Technology Council
Kym Buchanan, Chair, University Affairs Committee
Helena Alden, Chair, University Personnel Development Committee
Nanci Simon, Secretary to the Faculty Senate  
The Constitution and Handbook Revision Subcommittee is a permanent subcommittee of the Executive Committee and may be constituted according to the authority granted to the Executive Committee (Article 10.2.A., Constitution of the Common Council).
An issue or resolution may be brought to the Common Council through a number of approaches. For information regarding how to bring an issue through governance click here.
To carry out its duties, Common Council committees seek input and give detailed consideration of the issues. Membership on these committees is not restricted to members of the Common Council. All committees report to Common Council for final action. However, some issues reported to the Common Council for information are considered final, unless the Common Council decides to vote on the issue (example: acceptance of new courses).
Specific information for each shared governance standing committee is available under the "Committees" tab.
Shared governance compiled committee/subcommittee schedules, 2015-2016
The Budget Review and Advisory Committee is not a standing committee of the Common Council. The Budget Review and Advisory Committee is a specially nominated committee to assist the chancellor, the line officers, and deans with advice and information concerning the campus budget and to provide broad campus input into budget decisions. The purpose of the committee is to review the campus budget and consider changes and reallocations as necessary to address budget mandates that come from UW System and the legislature, and adjustments that would be in the best interest of the clientele we serve. Specifically, the committee gives advice when data shows that it is in the university's best interests to shift resources to meet growing and changing demands. Those who serve on this committee maintain confidentiality when addressing potential budget impacts that may affect personnel.
The Budget Review and Advisory Committee reports to the chancellor and Executive Committee of the Common Council. Members provide information of a general nature to their respective governance units to keep them apprised of issues that the committee is addressing. They may not, however, provide confidential information regarding individuals or units possibly impacted by recommendations.
*To access Budget Review and Advisory Committee information, go to the Budget Office website, click on "sign-in" in the upper right hand corner (please note, this will require you to have a UW-Stevens Point login). "Budget Intranet" will appear as an option in the left listing.  Click on "Budget Intranet" and then "Budget Review and Advisory Committee".   
The Strategic Planning Committee is not a standing committee of the Common Council.  The Strategic Planning Committee fosters connections between the campus community and the Chancellor's Cabinet as regards the development and implementation of the strategic plan.  The committee's responsibilities include monitoring ongoing planning processes, assessing progress, and making recommendations about the plan to the Chancellor's Cabinet.  The purpose of the committee is to support and advance planning at all levels of the institution.  The committee also will identify and recommend institutional-level key performance measures, assess institutional progress, and produce an annual report about progress on the plan.

The Strategic Planning Committee site is located at: https://campus.uwsp.edu/sites/acadaff/collaboration/spc/SitePages/Home.aspx
The Parking Advisory Board (PAB) is not a standing committee of the Common Council.  The PAB is an advisory board that represents the interests of students and campus personnel in the guidance of the university's parking auxiliary fee, parking programs, policies, contracts, and budgets of parking services.  The membership is diversified to include students, academic staff, faculty, and university staff, as well as a member of the Parking Services professional staff.  There are also two non-voting members of the PAB (i.e., advisor and University Reservations representative).  The PAB is facilitated by Student Government Association.  The PAB mySGA site is located at:  https://committees.uwsp.edu/sga/pab/SitePages/Home.aspx  
Parking Advisory Board agendas are posted outside of the Student Government Association office (lower level DUC) in compliance with Wisconsin Open Meetings law.
The University Handbook contains the essential policies, procedures, and general information regarding employment at UW-Stevens Point. The contents include a wide range of topics dealing with UW-Stevens Point and the UW System operations.

University personnel are encouraged to express an interest in serving on any of the governance committees that include members appointed by the chair of the committee. Other governance standing committees are either filled through election or with members specified by the constitution. Please send an email message to Common.Council.Office@uwsp.edu if you are interested in serving on one of these committees.