Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.83
Liaison Hannah Spirrison
Submission Date March 29, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Antioch College
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 3.00 Hannah Spirrison
Director of Innovation and Institutional Effectiveness
Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Research
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Do the institution’s students have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a student council)? :
Yes

Do the institution’s students have an elected representative on the institution’s highest governing body?:
Yes

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which students are engaged in governance, including information to support each affirmative response above:

Antioch College’s governance structure promotes authentic social and community engagement. Students serve on campus committees, vote on policies, participate in decision-making by attending community meetings, and serve by election on Community Council (ComCil). ComCil is the governing body responsible for addressing and representing the interests of the students, staff, and faculty of Antioch College. Rather than the more commonly found “Student Council”, ComCil strives to be representative of the community as a whole and is comprised of two student members, two faculty members, two staff members, three at­large community members, and the ComCil President. Currently ComCil has split into two groups: ComCil A which acts as the governing body, and ComCil B which is working on a proposal to enhance shared governance of the College.

The Antioch College Board of Trustees recently decided to add a student representative to the Board - the institution's highest governing body. The student representative on the Board is chosen by ComCil - our community governing body discussed above; ComCil includes student representatives, and the ComCil president role is filled by a student.

The Campus Senior Leadership Team (SLT) is an advisory group to the President, comprised of VPs, Deans, Staff, and Directors; there are also student and faculty representatives on SLT.


Do the institution’s staff members have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a staff council)?:
Yes

Do the institution’s non-supervisory staff members have an elected representative on the institution’s highest governing body?:
No

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which staff are engaged in governance, including information to support each affirmative response above:

ComCil is the governing body responsible for addressing and representing the interests of the students, staff, and faculty of Antioch College. Rather than the more commonly found “Student Council”, ComCil strives to be representative of the community as a whole and is comprised of four students, two faculty members, two staff members and the Council President. The Campus Senior Leadership Team (SLT) is an advisory group to the President, comprised of VPs, Deans, Staff, and Directors; there are also student and faculty representatives on SLT.


Do the institution’s teaching and research faculty have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a faculty senate)?:
Yes

Do the institution’s teaching and research faculty have an elected representative on the institution’s highest governing body? :
Yes

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which teaching and research faculty are engaged in governance, including information to support each affirmative response above:

The Board of Trustees membership includes a non-voting ex officio member of the College Faculty chosen by the College Faculty.

The Faculty Assembly is the primary governing body for the curriculum and academic policy. Its membership is broad and includes full-time classroom, co-op, language and library faculty, regardless of rank. The bylaws of the Faculty Assembly outline the responsibilities and authority of the Faculty: 1) Determine the content of the curriculum, the various manners in which courses may be conducted, the criteria by which students are admitted, the standards for measuring student performance, the requirements for degrees and programs, and all other matters bearing directly on the academic program; 2) Prescribe courses of instruction within the parameters of degree programs approved by the Board; 3) Determine, in accordance with guidelines established by the Board, standards for the promotion and graduation of students; 4) Consider all candidates for degrees, earned and honorary; 5) Provide advice or recommendation to the President and VPAA on faculty hiring; contract renewal, tenure and promotion; and leaves of absence.
The faculty fulfills these duties through a number of committees, including the Curriculum Committee and the Academic Policy and Review Committee (APRC).

ComCil is the governing body responsible for addressing and representing the interests of the students, staff, and faculty of Antioch College. ComCil strives to be representative of the community as a whole and is comprised of four students, two faculty members, two staff members and the Council President.

The Campus Senior Leadership Team (SLT) is an advisory group to the President, comprised of VPs, Deans, Staff, and Directors; there are also student and faculty representatives on SLT.


Does the institution have written policies and procedures to identify and engage external stakeholders (i.e. local residents) in land use planning, capital investment projects, and other institutional decisions that affect the community?:
No

A copy of the written policies and procedures:
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The policies and procedures:
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Does the institution have formal participatory or shared governance bodies through which community members representing the interests of the following stakeholder groups can regularly participate in institutional governance?:
Yes or No
Local government and/or educational organizations No
Private sector organizations No
Civil society (e.g. NGOs, NPOs) No

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which external stakeholders are engaged in institutional governance (including information about each stakeholder group selected above):
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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