Delores Brisbon says that for shared governance to succeed, an institution needs to do the following: (1) Be clear about which groups have decision-making responsibility. (2) Map out major issues, identifying who has primary responsibility for each. (3) Identify all stakeholders for the various issues, and determine how each group will be consulted. (4) Allow enough time to address issues and build consensus. (5) Review the governance process and be willing to adapt the governance process to your specific needs.