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Harvard Has No University-Wide Senate—Professors Are Proposing One

Faculty members at Harvard University are proposing the creation of a university-wide faculty senate to strengthen shared governance and address ongoing challenges and controversies. This comes as shared governance is under attack in multiple states, with laws being passed to limit the influence of faculty members in hiring decisions and the elimination of faculty senates at other institutions. The proponents of the faculty senate at Harvard believe that it would allow faculty to exercise institutional and moral leadership on matters core to the mission of higher education. The university currently lacks a unified representative body of faculty to address issues and controversies. The proponents argue that a faculty senate would enhance shared understanding, effective communication, and cooperative governance. The proposal is being considered by the various faculties at Harvard, and questions regarding representation and participation of different faculty members

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