This paper models the effects of faculty participation in university decision making. Its findings suggest that by affecting academic quality, faculty participation provides a net benefit to the institution compared to scenarios in which faculty are excluded from decision making.
The model’s assumptions about institutional quality and how enrollment depends on it strike me as too simple even if a good starting point and I’m not enough of a modeler to assess the quality of the model, but it is nice to see the question framed formally. The benefits of clear thinking may outweigh shortcomings. It might be more of a conversation starter than exhortations based on things like representation or the right of participation.