is no secret that decision-making can be challenging,
especially for large student groups. Campus organizations
and groups often rely on consensus to come to an
agreement or resolve conflict. Although consensus
is an effective way to make decisions, the method
can backfire when used inappropriately.
the start of the academic year fast approaching,
the Report staff recommends two consensus-related
websites to help groups work in harmony.
information from the University of Wisconsin-Stout
- This website defines consensus, explains why majority
rule and consensus have flaws, provides a consensus
model, lists of useful resources and has a humorous
story about consensus gone wrong.
Building: Deciding How To Decide from Winona State
Univeristy - This website describes consensus
and provides methods and models.
project of Campus Conflict Resolution
Supported by a FIPSE grant from the US Department of Education
and seed money from the Hewlett Foundation-funded CRInfo
to CMHE Report
(Attn: Bill Warters)
Campus Conflict Resolution Resources Project
Department of Communication
585 Manoogian Hall
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48201.
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