Shared Governance

The college follows a practice of Shared Governance that promotes participation, partnership and a renewed commitment to excellence among employees at every level. Shared governance is founded on the cornerstone principles of cooperation, fairness, responsibility and ownership. It demonstrates a shift from “directive” to “facilitative” – respecting and allowing for the merits of different viewpoints and new ways of thinking. Together, these principles form a culturally sensitive and empowering framework that leads to workable and accountability-based decisions that contribute to the college’s success.

It is in the spirit of “We are all in this together” that every member of the Madison College community works toward a common goal: student success. It is also the goal of shared governance to consider different perspectives and new ways of thinking. At Madison College, we use interest-based problem solving (IBPS) to support responsible decisions that benefit our entire college. 

Our shared governance model draws upon the expertise and experience of every part of our college community. Using IBPS, we strive to make our best collective decisions. We also promote shared responsibility for college wide policies, strategies and priorities. 

Shared Governance Bodies

The College Assembly is charged with overseeing the entire shared governance system. It makes recommendations on select policy matters to the President. It is also the main body to work on strategic planning and resource sharing.

The eight councils make recommendations on specific issues to the College Assembly. 

  • Academic Council
  • Diversity & Community Relations Council
  • Employee Relations & Professional Development Council
  • Facilities Planning & Investment Council
  • Finance Council
  • Information Technology Council
  • Institutional Effectiveness Council
  • Student Affairs Council

Task forces or work groups may also be used to analyze and make recommendations on issues to a specific council or the Assembly. 


Open communication is the key to authentic shared governance. It’s important to be heard, but also to listen with respect to all points of view. Making sure every member of our community is well informed about decisions and developments helps us all prosper.  

The goal is to provide every member of our college community a voice and to work together to achieve student success.

Let your voice be heard: Issues, interests and options can be submitted online.

You also can apply for council membership: Applications are available for students and employees