CNCS – Council for Non-Represented Classified Staff

The faculty, students, academic staff, and non-represented classified staff at the University of Wisconsin – Madison share in the responsibility of governing the institution through a time-honored system of shared governance. Involvement in this system is voluntary; there is no membership. All non-represented classified staff members on campus are automatically included in CNCS communications and training benefits.

The CNCS is empowered to deal with issues affecting non-represented classified staff at the university level. With elected members, the CNCS Council provides guidance, support and communications to the CNCS standing committees and all non-represented classified staff on campus.

What is Shared Governance?

The University of Wisconsin has a proud tradition of shared governance. Since 1848, faculty, staff and students have worked hand-in-hand to shape and implement the administrative policy that guides the academic experience. What has emerged and continues to evolve is a partnership that uniquely defines our institutional mission as a Land-Grant university with service to the public and the needs of the state. Recognizing and enhancing this shared responsibility has been an evolutionary process that continues today. Governance of the University, as defined by Wisconsin state statute (36.09), is a process by which faculty, staff, students and administrators have co‐created and sustained a great university. The Non-represented staff is not recognized in state statutes but is recognized on campus as having shared governance.

The Classified Staff Executive Committee (CSEC) provides non-reps a voice in University decision making and to convey advice on classified personnel and compensation issues, recommend additional means for recognition and professional development help address climate issues and promote communication, understanding and cooperation. Includes representation on campus-wide committees and campus and department level search and screen committees. Wisconsin law mandates that faculty, staff, and students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison must each play an active role in University decision-making in order to represent all of the interests of the university community and the state of Wisconsin. Shared governance cannot function properly at UW-Madison unless each governance group participates actively, and with equal rights and responsibilities.

Currently there are four recognized governance groups on campus:

There are many joint governance committees that develop and monitor policies on a variety of issues such as: campus child care, campus transportation and equity and diversity issues to name a few. Committee work is critical to the self governing nature of this campus. It is important to keep informed about committee workings as they often affect our working conditions and campus climate.


The mission for the Council for Non-Represented Classified Staff (herein known as the Council) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is to promote networking, communication, understanding and cooperation among the faculty, staff, students and the University and State administrations.


  • Encourage communication and understanding by networking with campus schools and colleges, departments and programs, faculty, academic staff, students and University and State administrations.
  • Provide an organized and systematic way for Non-Represented Classified Staff to participate at the institutional level and serve on appropriate campus-wide committees.
  • Pursue professional development, tuition reimbursement opportunities, continuing education and training programs for Non-Represented Classified Staff.
  • Provide a forum for Non-Represented Classified Staff to discuss topics, concerns, and interests.
  • Recommend changes to the compensation plan for Non-Represented Classified Staff.
  • Provide advice on ways to improve recruitment, retention and recognition of Non-Represented Classified Staff.
  • Disseminate information to all campus Non-Represented Classified Staff.