Statement on Government – YCP Differences

YCP’s board in 1977 approved the adoption of a modified version of the “Statement on the Government of Colleges and Universities.” The original document is a jointly formulated by the AAUP, the American Council on Education (ACE), and the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB).

There are a number of small differences between the original statement and the YCP version. Many of these are typographical (i.e. the capitalization of President). Others perhaps reflect a sense of the board at the time (the replacement of the gender-neutral “president” with the gendered “his”).   Throughout the document the headings of sections are titled in slightly different manners, though they run parallel. These minor differences are not highlighted here as they appear to be merely editorial rather than policy differences.

The significant differences between the version of the Statement are offered below without interpretation as to the motivation of changes or the impact such changes has on shared governance or relations between the various members of the academic institution.

In Section 2: The Academic Institution (Joint Effort), subsection c: Internal Operations of the Institution, the final clause of the fourth paragraph is omitted in the YCP version. The original sentence is “The function of each component in budgetary matters should be understood by all; the allocation of authority will determine the flow of information and the scope of participation in decisions.”   The revised sentence is “The function of each component in budgetary matters should be understood by all.”

 

In Section 2: The Academic Institution (Joint Effort), subsection c: Internal Operations of the Institution the description of the institution’s president is different by the deletion of two modifiers. The original description reads “The president should be equally qualified to serve both as the executive officer of the governing board and as the chief academic officer of the institution and the faculty.” The revised description is “The President should be qualified to serve both as the executive officer and as the chief academic officer of the institution and the faculty.”   Both the requirement for equal qualifications in the dual roles and the clarification that the President is executive officer of the governing board have been removed.

 

 

In Section 4: The Academic Institution (The President), the second paragraph has been shortened. The original language is “As the chief planning officer of an institution, the president has a special obligation to innovate and initiate. The degree to which a president can envision new horizons for the institution, and can persuade others to see them and to work toward them, will often constitute the chief measure of the president’s administration.”   The revised language is “As the chief planning officer of an institution, the President has a special obligation to create a climate conducive to innovation.” The call for initiation is gone, as is the entire second sentence regarding the measure of a president’s administration.

 

 

In Section 5: The Academic Institution (The Faculty), the language on the authorizing of degrees in the second paragraph is different. The original language is “The faculty sets the requirements for the degrees offered in course, determines when the requirements have been met, and authorizes the president and board to grant the degrees thus achieved.” The revised language is “The faculty sets the requirements for the degrees offered in course, determines when the requirements have been met, and upon such determination, the President and the board may grant degrees.” The difference involves the deletion of the faculty “authorization” to grant degrees, and the inclusion of the qualified “may grant” to the president and board’s power to act.

 

In section 5: The Academic Institution (The Faculty), the third paragraph on faculty status has a number of changes in relation to administrative findings contrary to faculty decisions. First, the sentence “Determinations in these matters should first be by faculty action through established procedures, reviewed by the chief academic officers with the concurrence of the board.” has been amended to remove the requirement of the “concurrence of the board.” Secondly, the final sentence of the paragraph which addresses actions by governing board and president contrary to faculty judgment is amended. The original sentence reads “The governing board and president should, on questions of faculty status, as in other matters where the faculty has primary responsibility, concur with the faculty judgment except in rare instances and for compelling reasons which should be stated in detail.”   The revised sentence reads “The governing board and President should, on questions of faculty status, as in other matters where the faculty has primary responsibility, concur with the faculty judgment except for compelling reasons which should be stated in detail.”   The phrase “in rare instances and” has been removed.

 

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