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Liaison Mary Lucus
Submission Date March 14, 2016
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Belmont University
PA-3: Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Mary Lucus
Director, IR
Provost
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Do all enrolled students, regardless of type or status, have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies (through direct participation or the election of representatives)?:
Yes

A brief description of the mechanisms through which students have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies:

All students are able to become a part of the ECO Club, which is the student organization that works with the entire university on sustainability initiatives. The ECO Club President and Vice President serve as ex officio members of the University Sustainability Committee, comprised of Vice Presidents and Directors from the relevant areas across campus.


Is there at least one student representative on the institution’s governing body who was elected by peers or appointed by a representative student body or organization?:
Yes

A brief description of student representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:

The student members are selected by a vote of the membership of the ECO Club, which is open to all students.


Do students have a formal role in decision-making in regard to the following?:
Yes or No
Establishing organizational mission, vision, and/or goals Yes
Establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives Yes
Strategic and long-term planning Yes
Existing or prospective physical resources No
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning No
Communications processes and transparency practices Yes
Prioritization of programs and projects Yes

A brief description of the formal student role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:

Belmont instituted a campus-wide opportunity for all students to give input into Vision 2020, the strategic plan that is now in operation. Their input helped solidify our commitment to advancing sustainability across campus. All students are able to become a part of the ECO Club, which is the student organization that works with the entire university on sustainability initiatives. The ECO Club President and Vice President serve as ex officio members of the University Sustainability Committee, comprised of Vice Presidents and Directors from the relevant areas across campus. The student voice is a key part of decision-making at every level of planning and implementation. (Please see PA-2 for specific examples.)


Do all staff, regardless of type or status, have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies (through direct participation or the election of representatives)?:
Yes

A brief description of the mechanisms through which all staff have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies:

The staff are fully represented on the University Sustainability Committee, as can be seen from the roster of members submitted.


Is there at least one non-supervisory staff representative on the institution’s governing body who was elected by peers or appointed by a representative staff body or organization?:
Yes

A brief description of non-supervisory staff representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:

Non-directors are represented on the University Sustainability Committee insofar as their areas have a direct bearing on the sustainability initiatives of the university. For example, there are representatives from Student Affairs, Communications, and Facilities Management.


Do non-supervisory staff have a formal role in decision-making in regard to the following? :
Yes or No
Establishing organizational mission, vision, and/or goals Yes
Establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives Yes
Strategic and long-term planning Yes
Existing or prospective physical resources Yes
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning Yes
Communications processes and transparency practices Yes
Prioritization of programs and projects Yes

A brief description of the formal staff role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:

Belmont instituted a campus-wide opportunity for all staff, including non-supervisory staff, to give input into Vision 2020, the strategic plan that is now in operation. Their input helped solidify our commitment to advancing sustainability across campus. All staff are able to become a part of the leadership team of the University Staff Advisory Council, which works on a variety of initiatives, including those related to sustainability initiatives. Non-directors are represented on the University Sustainability Committee since their areas often have a direct bearing on the sustainability initiatives of the university. For example, there are representatives from Student Affairs, Communications, and Facilities Management.(Please see PA-2 for specific examples.)


Do all faculty, regardless of type or status, have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies (through direct participation or the election of representatives)?:
Yes

A brief description of the mechanisms through which all faculty (including adjunct faculty) have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies:

Belmont instituted a campus-wide opportunity that gave all faculty the chance to give input into Vision 2020, the strategic plan that is now in operation. Their input helped solidify our commitment to advancing sustainability across campus. All faculty are able to become a part of the Faculty Senate, which works on a variety of initiatives, including those related to sustainability initiatives. Faculty are also are represented on the University Sustainability Committee since their areas often have a direct bearing on the sustainability initiatives of the university. (Please see PA-2 for specific examples.)


Is there at least one teaching or research faculty representative on the institution’s governing body who was elected by peers or appointed by a representative faculty body or organization?:
No

A brief description of faculty representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:
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Do faculty have a formal role in decision-making in regard to the following?:
Yes or No
Establishing organizational mission, vision, and/or goals Yes
Establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives Yes
Strategic and long-term planning Yes
Existing or prospective physical resources Yes
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning Yes
Communications processes and transparency practices Yes
Prioritization of programs and projects Yes

A brief description of the formal faculty role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:

The faculty are engaged in all aspects of promoting sustainability on campus, and helping to deepen and broaden how we live out this commitment in their various areas, as well as campus-wide. This is most clearly exercised in their work on the departmental level, as well as their participation in the University Vision 2020 implementation and serving on the University Sustainability Committee. (Please see PA-2 for specific examples.)


The website URL where information about the institution’s governance structure is available:

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