University Network for Collaborative Governance

UNCG 2013 Meeting Participants
UNCG 2013 Conference Participants
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About the Network

The University Network for Collaborative Governance (UNCG) consists of centers and programs in colleges and universities that engage in service and scholarship in order to enable citizens and their leaders to engage in dialogue, discussion, problem solving, and conflict resolution around public issues.

The Network supporst centers and programs, helping them carry out their mission, connecting them with colleagues, sharing ideas and programs that work, offering consultation and assistance, and holding outstanding conferences.

Network members have adoped a common set of principles that its members agree to adhere to in their organizational operations, functions, and practices. The principles reflect a commitment to maintaining the integrity and excellence of the programs and practices of these centers.

Each center has or will have an organizational charter or set of policies that articulates the principles as well as appropriate policies and standards to guide their practices.

In March 2008, the inaugural meeting of the Network was held in Atlanta, Georgia. Members of the Network adopted the Charter and identified objectives.

About Collaborative Governance

The term "collaborative governance" refers to a relatively new and emerging field, and thus academics, practitioners and participants engage in discussions on how to best define collaborative governance. Members of UNCG draw from a variety of descriptions to describe the work their centers do. We have collected the most widely used definitions that encapsulates collaborative governance.


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Network Objectives

The Network promotes and champions the role universities and their centers play as neutral forums and resources for collaborative governance. Network objectives are to:

  • Advance teaching, research and outreach in public deliberation, collaborative problem solving and multi-party conflict resolution;
  • Share knowledge, information and best practices among members;
  • Assist universities in shaping and adapting their research, teaching, and community engagement to enhance their effectiveness;
  • Acquaint university leaders, policymakers, and the public with the role universities can play in carrying out collaborative governance practices;
  • Provide linkages between university centers and leaders interested in using collaborative governance practices;
  • Promote policies that support the use of best practices and systems for collaborative governance.


New Members

UNCG now has three membership categories:

Voting Members


Non- Voting Members

University / college-based centers, programs, or institutes (view dues levels)   University / college-based faculty or staff ($100 annual dues)
    Currently enrolled university / college students ($25 annual dues)

Join the Network!

When first joining the Network, we suggest contacting the UNCG Steering Committee Chair or the Membership Chair. You can also send any questions to Kitchen Table Democracy, and we ask that you provide us with your university, program name, and appropriate contact information via email.