The University of Iowa continues to honor a long tradition of shared governance in which university-wide policies and initiatives are made in collaboration with the campus’s many leaders and shared governance representatives.

Shared governance at Iowa maximizes the opportunities for participation of community members–at all levels–in discussions, idea sharing, and input to the decision-making processes that serves to guide strategic decisions. Shared governance assures that diverse perspectives and a collective wisdom informs our actions, promoting collaboration and providing a strong foundation for the success of the institution.

A culture of shared governance helps Iowa maintain:

  • Clearer communication and transparency;
  • Deeper understanding of strategic objectives among key constituents;
  • Open, egalitarian channels for feedback and discussion; and
  • Well-informed leadership that can act quickly to address problems.


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Elected governance

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