Faculty Governance

Shared governance is the organizing principle.

The faculty of Babson College has the primary responsibility to develop, sustain, and enhance the intellectual and academic quality of the College. To ensure this, the College uses a model of shared governance in which its faculty is responsible for all policies relating to the college curriculum content and pedagogical process, intellectual vitality and research, academic standards and admissions policies, as well as the manner in which faculty work. On February 29, 2008, the Babson College faculty voted to create a Faculty Senate as the representative body of the faculty.

The faculty of Babson College is committed to shared governance and collegiality as the most effective bases upon which to manage the affairs of and maintain excellence in the College.

Shared governance is used here to describe faculty involvement with the College administration where:

  • Faculty, through the Senate, collaborate with the administration, staff, and students in a manner that advances the instructional mission of the College and improves the quality of the entire Babson experience;
  • Faculty, through the Senate, facilitate coordination between and among the several parts of the Babson organization;
  • Deliberation precedes decision-making in order to bring together relevant constituencies and information for active discussion and debate;
  • All parties continually strive for transparency in decision-making;
  • All parties communicate openly and appreciate the diversity of individuals in relation to the more broadly-defined needs and interests of the institution; and
  • All parties work to create an environment of trust and goodwill.

“Develop,” “Sustain,” and “Enhance” as Guiding Principles

The faculty of Babson College has the primary responsibility to develop, sustain, and enhance the intellectual and academic quality of the College.

To ensure this, the College uses a model of shared governance in which its faculty is responsible for all policies relating to the college curriculum content and pedagogical process, intellectual vitality and research, academic standards and admissions policies, as well as the manner in which faculty work. On February 29, 2008, the Babson College faculty voted to create a Faculty Senate as the representative body of the faculty.

The purpose of the Senate is to:

  • Create a structure for faculty deliberation and decision-making that brings all relevant information and faculty constituencies together for active discussion and policy resolution;
  • Promote the self-organization of the faculty to ensure a productive leadership role in shared governance that is nimble and flexible in confronting and directing institutional change;
  • Enhance faculty efficiency in legislative decision-making and oversight in those areas where the faculty has the prerogative;
  • Provide a forum for expression of the opinion of the Babson College Faculty;
  • Be the faculty-sanctioned voice to make recommendations in those decisions that affect the faculty or impact the overall mission of the institution or compromises the values or reputation of the College;
  • Promote transparency so that data or reasons behind decisions are clear and well-understood;
  • Promote a climate of academic freedom for the College community;
  • Encourage intellectual and artistic vitality;
  • Support an appreciation of the arts, humanities, and sciences as integral components of business education;
  • Establish the institutional foundations to prescribe processes, carry forward institutional memory, and produce decision-making efficiencies; and
  • Support the overall mission of the College

Guiding the Senate

A five-member Senate Executive Committee (SEC) consisting of a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary-Treasurer, and two other members shall oversee and coordinate the work of the Senate.

All five members will be considered officers of the Senate and the term of each officer will be one year.

The Vice Chair shall serve as Chair in the event of the absence, incapacity, resignation, or death of the Chair. Chairs of any of the Major Standing Committees may not be elected to the Senate Executive Committee.

The duties and responsibilities of the Executive Committee of the Senate are:

  • To convene and preside over meetings of the Senate;
  • To prepare and distribute the call for agenda items and to determine the agenda for both the Senate and general faculty meetings;
  • To provide notification of time, place and agenda to Faculty for both Senate and general faculty meetings;
  • To record all proceedings of the Senate by maintaining the minutes, correspondence, and other necessary records or to arrange for such recording;
  • To distribute the minutes of the Senate meetings to all faculty;
  • To receive and preserve reports from Senate committees;
  • To take action on behalf of the Senate when time does not permit the Senate to act and such actions shall be automatically included on the Consent Calendar for the next Senate meeting;
  • To create ad hoc committees as necessary;
  • To nominate faculty for consideration by the Senate to fill vacancies that occur in the membership of Senate committees after the Elections Committee has made its nominations for the year;
  • To consult with the Senate regarding nominations of faculty for appointment to institutional task forces, advisory committees, and trustee committees and to include such nominations in the consent agenda of the next scheduled meeting for Senate approval; and
  • At the request of the President, the Senate Executive Committee or its designees may constitute themselves as, or become part of, a search committee for the purposes of filling, on an interim basis, a vacancy in the College administration.