Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.66
Liaison Michael Kensler
Submission Date Jan. 23, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Auburn University
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 3.00 Michael Kensler
Director Sustainability Operations
Office of 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?:
Yes

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 Government Association and the Graduate Student Association are elected, representative bodies for deliberation of issues and venues where issues important to students are raised, and programs and policies are decided. SGA and GSA are two formal organizations for holding dialogue with the administration. The SGA president, as per language in the Alabama State Constitution, is a non-voting ex officio member 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:

Two staff-related governing bodies exist: Administrative & Professional Assembly for administrative and professional staff and University Staff Council for hourly employees. Both bodies are elected, and represent the interests of all staff. Both bodies are represented by leadership to engage in governance activities.


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 University Senate is comprised of elected faculty representatives from every college and school. The Senate is one of the four key leadership in governance groups on campus. Senior leaders (President, Provost, CFO, etc) typically attend and participate in Senate meetings, and engage with the Senate Steering Committee to raise issues and plan agendas. The Chair of the University Senate is elected annually by the university's faculty. The Chair of the University Senate is not a member of the Board of Trustees, but is invited to sit with the Board of Trustees as an advisor.


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:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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