Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.78
Liaison Jessica Bowen
Submission Date March 4, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Aquinas College
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 3.00 Jessica Eimer Bowen
Director of Sustainability
Center for Sustainability
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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?:
No

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

The Student Senate is the third branch of the college governance structure. Senate is the avenue for student voice in college policy and activities and Senators are voted into office by their peers. Representatives from the Student Senate, often the officers of Student Senate themselves, sit on each of the committees of the Board of Trustees.


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:

The Staff Assembly is the second branch of the college governance structure and is the avenue for staff voice in college policy and activities. The 4 positions on the executive committee of the Staff Assembly are all nominated and elected by their peers. Several staff members are also elected to represent the body on the college's board of trustees, through board committees.


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? :
No

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 Faculty Assembly is the first branch of the college governance structure and is the avenue for faculty voice in college policy and activities. The 3 positions on the executive committee of the Faculty Assembly are all nominated and elected by their peers. Several faculty members are also elected to represent the body on the committees of the college's Board of Trustees.


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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