UW-Madison's Noel Radomski, director and associate researcher of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE)
, has returned from seven days at the University of Nizwa
in Oman, where he helped design the university’s first workshop on campus governance.
The workshop was attended by 230 faculty, department chairs, deans and vice chancellors.
University of Nizwa Chancellor Ahmed Al-Rawahi and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Abdulaziz Alkindi advanced the idea for the workshop to help educate faculty and academic staff about shared governance and its importance at the university, school and college, and department levels.
“The chancellor and vice chancellor both received their doctoral degrees in the United States," explained Radomski, "and they are intrigued by the possibility of adapting some of the principles underlying UW-Madison’s history of shared governance into their university.”
The timing of the campus workshop was important, as the 13-year-old University of Nizwa is constructing a new, permanent campus and expanding its enrollment and reach.
"The university's leadership believes that is imperative for the campus to transform decision-making to a shared governance approach, if the campus is to increase its excellence and integration of teaching and learning, research, and public service," said Radomski.
Radomski was invited to help design and lead the governance workshop by Tom Grogan, senior special assistant to the Chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. UW-Oshkosh has long provided assistance to the University of Nizwa.
Radomski's engagement with University of Nizwa leaders also builds upon an earlier shared governance visit by UW-Madison Professor Clifton Conrad, a WISCAPE affiliate. Conrad is a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor and a faculty member in the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
WISCAPE is housed within the School of Education.