Faculty Council approves new Faculty Regulations
The Faculty Council was asked earlier this year to give its consent to a new version of the RSM Faculty Regulations. During the past months the Faculty Council has thoroughly reviewed the document (which is currently only available in Dutch) in its various stages and has discussed its contents internally and with members of the Executive Board, but also with numerous stakeholders within the organization as well as with an expert consultant who specializes in the Dutch WHW and its implications for faculty and university governance and participation.
The Council is very pleased that its input in drafting the document was duly considered by the RSM Executive Board: Practically all the feedback and input that the Council gave regarding the new faculty regulations was taken up by the Board and is reflected in the final version of the regulations. The Council thinks this represents an exemplary way of collaborating on a document as central for the organisation as the faculty regulations. Furthermore, the Council was granted extended participatory rights in the new regulations: Among other changes, the faculty council now not only has the right of consent to the main lines of the budget (a right introduced by the Dutch government this academic year), but also to changes in the attachments of the faculty regulations, to the department regulations, and to the appointment of the Dean of Education for a third or further period. A right of advice is granted on the appointment of deans, to continuously ensure participation in decision-making within the faculty. Due to the initiative of the Faculty Council the programme committees are now given more freedom in choosing their chair, and the Faculty Council itself now has more flexibility regarding the composition of the employee section which will make the process of finding candidates before a new election period is coming up easier. The role of the academic directors is now represented in the regulations, and the Faculty Council suggested to ensure gender diversity within the BACs which was also accepted by the Board. In the view of the Council these additions will not only contribute to the clarity and quality of the regulations, but will also further improve the quality of decision-making within the school and ensure the backing of students and staff in important personnel and governance decisions.
The Faculty Council was therefore pleased to give its consent to the new faculty regulations today and hopes that this exemplary mode of collaboration between the Board and the Council will be continued in future decision-making processes at RSM.
The communication of the new Faculty Regulations is the responsibility of the RSM Executive Board.