Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.68
Liaison Jennifer Palilonis
Submission Date July 21, 2021

STARS v2.2

Ball State University
PA-3: Inclusive and Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.12 / 3.00 Tarek Mahfouz
Associate Dean of the College of Architecture and Planning
Construction Management
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Does the institution have formal participatory or shared governance bodies through which the following stakeholders can regularly participate in the governance of the institution?:
Yes or No
Students Yes
Academic staff Yes
Non-academic staff Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal participatory or shared governance bodies:

The University Senate structure includes a main senate body and 3 standing councils. The three councils are (1) Faculty Council, which represents the academic staff participation by having a representative from each academic department; (2) Professional Personnel Council, which represents the non-academic staff participation by having elected representative from each non-academic unit within the university; and (3) Student Government Association (SGA), which represents the students participation. The University Senate council includes the chairs of the aforementioned 3 councils as well as membership from all of them.


Total number of individuals on the institution’s highest governing body:
9

Number of students representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
1

Number of academic staff representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
0

Number of non-academic staff representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
0

Number of women serving as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
3

Percentage of official members of the highest governing body that are women:
33.33

Website URL where information about the institution’s highest governing body may be found:
Does the institution host or support one or more formal bodies through which external stakeholders have a regular voice in institutional decisions that affect them?:
Yes

A brief description of the campus-community council or equivalent body that gives external stakeholders a regular voice in institutional decisions that affect them:

Geoffrey Mearns, Ball State University Presidents, Co-Chairs the “Next Muncie” with Jeff Bird, President, IU Health East Central Region. The group meets frequently to strategically plan and address issues related to transforming Muncie economically, socially, and create better chances for integration. These meeting and initiatives taken by Next Muncie allow the community to have a voice in Ball State University and the institution to have a voice in the future of Muncie. More information can be found at https://www.nextmuncie.com/geoffrey-s-mearns and https://www.nextmuncie.com/
In addition, the institution carries out a community partner survey every year, as well as hold focus groups related to existing and new initiatives, as well as the over all climate of the institution and Muncie. These are held by office of community engagement.
Other external research stakeholders who might be associated with issues about institutional governance come under the supervision of the Government Relations and Community Outreach. More specific information as it relates to state and local engagement can be found on the following website: http://cms.bsu.edu/about/administrativeoffices/community. Of specific importance is the Academy for Community Leadership program, in which “Academy participants learn from community leaders about Muncie’s history, current strengths, and future aspirations and connect with civic-minded colleagues from a variety of professions.” (https://www.bsu.edu/about/administrativeoffices/community-engagement/special-projects/academy-community-leadership).


Number of people from underrepresented groups serving as official members of the institution’s highest governing body.:
2

Website URL where information about the institution’s governance structure is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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For further detailed information on SGA, please refer to their website: https://www.bsu.edu/campuslife/student-life/student-government-association
Staff Council like others has various Standing Committees and when necessary Ad hoc committees and subcommittees as needed. Please refer to their website: http://cms.bsu.edu/about/administrativeoffices/staffcouncil
The Campus Master Plan website lists everyone involved in campus decisions including community members. That website is: http://cms.bsu.edu/about/campus-master-plan
Government Relations and Community Outreach and local engagement can be found on the following website: http://cms.bsu.edu/about/administrativeoffices/community
Information about other administrative offices within the university can be found on the following link: https://www.bsu.edu/about/administrativeoffices

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