POLICY TITLE: Governing Style
The board will emphasize vision, diversity of perspectives, consensual leadership, a proactive approach to problem-solving and a focus on sustainable development. More specifically, the board will operate in all ways mindful of its context within the Faculty of Education and the University of Regina. The board will:
- Enforce upon itself whatever discipline is needed to govern with excellence. Discipline will apply to matters such as attendance, policy-making principles, respect of roles, and speaking with one voice.
- Develop a framework of written policies, which reflect both equity and responsibility.
- Focus chiefly on policy development rather than on day-to-day administration and project management.
- Be an initiator of policy, rather than solely responding to external initiatives. The board is responsible for policy creation and revision.
- Use the expertise and views of individual board members to enhance the ability of the board as a whole; i.e.individual views shall not supersede the collective voice.
- Monitor and regularly discuss the board’s own process and performance. Ensure the continuity of its governance capability through orientation of new members, and through training and development opportunities.
POLICY TITLE: Board Committee Principles
The board may establish committees to help carry out its responsibilities. Committees will be used sparingly such that consensual decision-making by the board is not compromised. The following principles will apply to all CIET committees.
- Board committees are to help the board do its job. Committees ordinarily will assist the board by preparing policy alternatives and identifying implications for board deliberation.
- Board committees may not speak or act for the board except when formally granted such authority for specific and time-limited purposes. Expectations and authority will be carefully defined in order not to conflict with authority delegated to the Director.
- Board committees cannot exercise authority over staff, or interfere with staff operations.
- The Director is responsible to the full board, not to a board committee or a specific board member.
POLICY TITLE: Chairperson’s Role
The chairperson is responsible for the integrity of the board’s process and for occasional representation of the board to outside parties. The chairperson is the only board member authorized to speak for the board (beyond simply reporting board decisions). In instances where the chairperson is not available, a designate appointed by the chairperson will have authority to speak on behalf of the Board. The chairperson will not speak on his or her own behalf, but will communicate decisions of the board.
- The chairperson will ensure that the board acts in ways consistent with its own rules and those legitimately imposed upon it from outside the organization.
- The chairperson will ensure that meeting discussion content will be limited to those issues, which, according to Board policy, are the prerogative of the board to decide.
- The authority of the chairperson is limited to that specifically delegated by the board.
- The chairperson is empowered to chair board meetings with all the commonly accepted power of that position (e.g. ruling, recognizing, etc.)
- The chairperson may represent the board to outside parties in announcing board-stated positions and interpretations of policy.