The Collective Bargaining Agreement
on Shared Governance
While Connecticut State University-AAUP, as the elected bargaining agent, retains the exclusive right to negotiate and reach agreement on terms and conditions of employment for the members of the bargaining unit, and the Board of Trustees retains the rights, under law, to manage and direct Connecticut State University, the parties recognize the desirability of a collegial governance system for faculty and professional employees in areas of academic concern. It is desirable that the collegial system of governance be maintained and strengthened throughout Connecticut State University. In such a collegial system, the faculty of departments, and other units should play an active and responsible role in academic matters, including significant involvement in the recruitment of new faculty and professional employees, the development of high quality programs, and other matters of professional concern. The collegial relationship is most effective when peers work critically together to carry out their duties in the most professional manner possible.
Collegiality in academic governance at each university in the Connecticut State University System can best be accomplished through Senates selected by representatives of the appropriate university constituencies in accordance with each institution’s constitution and tradition. Matters of concern to the Senate include: (a) curriculum policy and curricular structure, (b) requirements for degrees and granting of degrees, (c) policies for recruitment, admission and retention of students, (d) academic policies relating to students, and (e) other matters of campus community concern.