Developing a culture of active shared governance continues to be a work in progress at Marquette. We have made great progress as the result of the hard work and dedication of many of our colleagues, but much is left to do. Academic Senate is committed to advancing the interests and concerns of faculty, staff, students, and the university as a healthy and vibrant institution of higher learning in the Jesuit tradition. We believe that this is best accomplished through transparent policies, open debate, broad communication, and active participation as true partners in this wonderful enterprise of higher education. We invite the campus community to join us in these efforts. (For an excellent primer on the complex and often misunderstood meaning of “shared governance” see http://chronicle.com/article/Exactly-What-Is-Shared/47065/.