The University of Wisconsin-River Falls is a public, state-supported institution, under the general control of a board of regents, known and designated as the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents.
On each campus of the University of Wisconsin System (UWS), the administration shares its responsibilities for governing the institution with faculty, academic staff, and students. "Shared governance" has its foundation in long-standing practice at the University. This practice is codified in Chapter 36 of the Wisconsin Statutes. Chapter 36 is the legislation which created the present UWS from the former state universities and the several campuses of the University of Wisconsin in 1971. The faculty component of shared governance on the UW-RF campus is implemented through a Faculty Senate and Faculty Constitution. The Faculty Constitution is in Chapter III, Section 3.2 of the university faculty/staff handbook. The College of Business and Economics faculty have adopted a formal constitution and by-laws which describe the governance of the College of Business and Economics. The constitution and by-laws follow this section.
The Faculty Constitution and Bylaws and the College of Business Constitution and By-Laws are intended to provide for due process, representative governance, and systematic, collegial consideration of curricular matters; academic standards; student conduct and discipline; faculty welfare, conduct and discipline; the library; promotion and tenure decisions; administrative appointments; and other policy matters affecting the university and its mission.
The College of Business and Economics is organized into five departments: Accounting and Finance; Management and Marketing; Computer Science and Information Systems; Economics; and Military Science and Leadership. Each department has a chairperson and a "supplies and expenses" budget administered by the chairs, which covers printing, telephones, mailings, and travel. Department chairpersons receive release time for administrative functions.
The Dean is assisted by an Associate Dean who chairs the Undergraduate Programs committee, assists department chairs with budgets and faculty and instructional academic staff personnel decisions, assists with Assurance of Learning, assists with AACSB maintenance, assists with advising and scheduling, and carries out special projects. The Associate Dean's time is assigned 1/2 to administration and 1/2 to faculty responsibilities. The Assistant Dean supervises advising, scheduling, and undergraduate students on academic probation. The Assistant Dean's time is 1/4 administration and 3/4 faculty responsibilities. The Assistant Dean for Assurance of Learning chairs the college Assessment committee, coordinates LiveText, supervises surveys, implements the Major Field Test, and writes the overall college plan and report.