There are three levels of governance at LIU Global: the center level, the college level and the university level. Center level governance involves Student Meetings, Community Meetings, the Student Representative, Staff/Faculty (Team) Meetings and the Center Director. College level governance involves Student Council, Academic Council, Student Success Action Council, the Council of Overseers and the Dean of LIU Global. University level governance involves the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the President of LIU and the Board of Trustees of LIU. Their roles are described below.
Though program-wide decisions are made at the university or college level, LIU Global exists in practice through its individual centersAt the center level, LIU Global is very much a student-centered program which encourages a great degree of involvement by students. At the center level Student Meetings and Community Meetings promote greater communication and the opportunity for student participation in the governance of LIU Global. These meetings occur on a regular basis at each center.
Student Meetings consist only of students, are led by student representatives and give students the chance to discuss and address any issues and underline the happenings at the center. After the Student Meetings, the student representative meets with the center staff/ director to follow-up on any occurring issues. If these issues cannot be resolved at the center level, the student representative should raise them at the college level (see below) through Student Council, sending representatives to meet with the Academic Council and/or Student Success Action Council. In the case of an emergency, the Student Representative may discuss the issues directly with the Dean.
Community Meetings operate in the same way as Student Meetings, except that center faculty/staff are included. If any issues cannot be resolved at the center level, the appropriate person will be designated to raise the issues at the college level.
Students are asked to participate in numerous center-based committees. In addition, center-based student service awards give students the opportunity to take on leadership roles in a number of program initiatives. Students also give formal feedback mid and at the end of each semester which is taken into account by the staff and faculty.
At the center level, the team of staff/faculty contributes to center-specific decisions and program wide initiatives to constantly improve the program. This takes the form of work groups, committee work and team meetings to address any identified needs or concerns. While the Center Director is responsible for coordinating the overall operations of the center, he/she should practice this collective process whenever possible.
While all larger academic and financial decisions regarding LIU Global are taken at the university level, most week to week and month to month operating issues are addressed at the college level. At this level, Academic Council (AC) and the Student Success Action Council (SSAC) act as recommending bodies that suggest courses of action to the Dean of LIU Global. The Dean may subsequently forward some items to the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) for his comment, review and approval. In practice, recommendations of AC and SSAC become decisions unless and until there is objection or modification from the Dean or VPAA.
The Academic Council consists of the Dean, Director of Global Studies, Academic Directors of each center and program, with additional members appointed by the Dean. The AC meets once every three weeks during the fall and spring semesters to review and revise academic policy and other issues that influence the mission of LIU Global.
The Student Success Action Council consists of the Director of Student Success, Director of Global Studies, Student Service staff at all centers and programs, with additional members appointed by the Dean. The SSAC meets once every three weeks during the fall and spring semesters to review and revise policies regarding student services and other issues that influence the mission of LIU Global.
Student representatives from each center work together as Student Council to represent the concerns of students at program-wide faculty and administrative meetings.
The Council of Overseers is an advisory body (with neither budgetary nor decision-making authority) that meets with the Dean on an annual or bi-annual basis to review the overall progress and status of LIU Global.
LIU Global is an academic unit within LIU. As such, the LIU Global budget is part of the budget of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA), one of the seven officers of the university with signing authority;these officers can make financial decisions on behalf of the university. This means that LIU Global cannot make any large budgetary decisions without approval of the VPAA. In addition, as LIU Global is an accredited liberal arts program, it is subject to the rules and regulations governing liberal arts programs set out by the New York State Department of Education and the accreditation guidelines set out by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Dean of LIU Global is one of twelve University Deans reporting directly to the VPAA. The LIU Global Dean must work within the framework of LIU, Middle States (the regional accrediting body) and the New York State Department of Education in charting the academic and financial direction of the college. It is the practice and responsibility of the Dean to gather as much information as possible from Center Directors before making major decisions that affect centers and the program at large.