A shared governance model gives all committee members equal rights and encourages them to take part in debates and discussions. While the chairman may lead the discussions and assist in guiding the committee toward a decision making process, the final decision will be made based on the input and consensus of the members.
It is not considered to be shared governance if it has a more hierarchical process, where decisions are taken by one individual or small groups of people. This would mean that the participation and input of others members might be restricted and the decision-making process could be more top-down.
The function of a committee will be to accomplish a task or perform an activity. The role of each member of the committee will differ depending on its composition. The level of participation and collaboration of the members of the committee in making decisions will determine if it is shared governance. To determine whether it’s a form shared governance, you need to watch the interaction between the members of the committee as well as the process of making decisions.