If you’ve been following our coverage of the UNC Board of Governors the last few weeks, you’ll have seen us write about two task forces: one on how the board conducts its meetings and another on the purpose of UNC General Administration.
Yesterday, we also attended a sub-committee meeting on a “free expression” policy being drafted for the University system.
A simple question will have occurred to many readers of these stories:
Just which members of the Board of Governors make up these task forces and sub-committees?
It’s a good question and we’d love to tell you. We’ve been asking over the last two weeks ourselves.
But so far, no list of the members of these task forces and sub-committees has been made publicly available and our request for their membership has not been answered.
Any member of the full board can attend the task force and sub-committee meetings – live or via tele-conference – and many who are not technically part of the smaller groups do, out of curiosity and to keep on top of the issues. But the question of just which members have been appointed to them remains…well, a question. Attending the meetings and noting every member there doesn’t properly answer it…and so far, no one else and nothing else does either.
A list of all Board of Governors members exists on the board’s section of the University system website – as does the membership of standing committees. But the task forces, which are doing important work that will make its way to the full board, have not gotten the same treatment.
The task forces were constituted at the board’s last full meeting, last month…but since the minutes of that meeting have not yet been approved and posted, no member of the public who wasn’t actually in the meeting currently has access to that information. The minutes of last month’s meeting won’t be approved and posted until after the board’s *next* meeting — which is in November.
We have some other outstanding requests for documents related to the board and the UNC system – things that may take a little while to compile and for which we understand having to wait a reasonable period.
But something as simple as the membership of task forces – which, incidentally, do not seem to be publishing their agendas or related meeting documents in any way that is accessible to the public – seems simple enough to provide as a matter of course. It’s the sort of thing small town boards of aldermen have no trouble getting up on publicly available websites before their task forces and sub-groups meet.
We’ll keep attending these meetings, keep informing you about them and – as soon as we can actually confirm their official membership – we’ll get that to you, too.