Governance at Laurier
Wilfrid Laurier University became a “new” university incorporated in 1973 by the Wilfrid Laurier University Act, 1973.The Act sets out the process of how Laurier carries on from Waterloo Lutheran University and its relationship with the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary.
Like many universities in Canada, Laurier has a bicameral governance system.Essentially, governance is the act of governing.It includes the processes and systems by which an institution is governed.At Laurier, our bicameral governance system provides for two separate and distinct governing bodies consisting of the Senate and the Board of Governors. The powers of both the Senate and the Board of Governors are set out in the Wilfrid Laurier University Act, 1973.
The Act gives the Board of Governors the power of management of the university.This includes control over all financial matters, such as property and revenues, and authority over its business and affairs, except with respect to matters assigned by the Act to Senate.
The Act gives the Senate the power to establish the educational policies of the University and over academic matters, except where there is the expenditure of funds and under the authority of the Board of Governors.Senate also has authority to make recommendations to the Board of Governors on any matter relative to the operation of the University.
The bicameral governance system is a truly shared one in which both Senate and the Board of Governors are required to act in carrying out their respective obligations.For example, Senate and its standing committees would be directly involved in the development and approval of a new academic department in a Faculty at Laurier.The Board of Governors and its standing committees would also be directly involved and responsible for the final approval of the establishment of the proposed new department, as well as in approving the expenditure of University funds and the budget for the department.
Wilfrid Laurier University’s Board of Governors meeting on Feb. 26 has been extended to accommodate discussion on IPRM. The Feb. 2 Board of Governors meeting, which was to be devoted to IPRM, was cancelled when the university closed due to inclement weather.
The Feb. 26 meeting will begin at 1 p.m. and devote the first 2.5 hours to IPRM presentations and discussion. Motions on the report may also be tabled.
To facilitate the opportunity for discussion and comment, the online comment form has been reactivated until Feb. 17 to allow those who may not be able to attend the meeting on Feb. 26 to provide their comments to the Board.All comments received will be provided to the Board for consideration in advance of the Feb 26 meeting.For further information about IPRM, visit http://legacy.wlu.ca/iprm