Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.95
Liaison Joan Pauly
Submission Date June 14, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Berea College
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.25 / 3.00 Joan Pauly
Sustainability Coordinator
Operations & Sustainability
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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 Board of Trustees is the highest institutional governing body. Although not voting members, we do have an elected student, faculty, and staff member who attend the Board meeting—the SGA President, the Faculty Liaison to the Board of Trustees, and the Staff Liaison to the Board of Trustees.

In our shared campus governance structure, the highest body is the Executive Council, which does have representation by SGA President who is elected, as well as elected faculty and staff members.


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?:
Yes

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

Staff are elected and appointed to various governance committees including such groups as Strategic Planning Council, Sustainability Committee, General Faculty Assembly (the major voting body of the College), Staff Forum (all non-teaching members of the staff are members). The staff forum elects a staff member to sit at the highest governing body which is the Academic Council.


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:

Continuing teaching faculty are elected and appointed to various governance committees including such groups as Strategic Planning Council, Sustainability Committee, College Faculty Assembly (the major voting body of the College).


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:
---

The policies and procedures:
---

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 Yes
Private sector organizations Yes
Civil society (e.g. NGOs, NPOs) Yes

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):

Local government: Berea College founded the town of Berea and continues to have a very large footprint in the city. College leadership works hand in glove with city officials on a wide variety of issues with infrastructure initiatives being the most collaborative.

Private sector organizations: Primarily realized thru our donor and board involvement.

NGO, NPOs: We have a 10% international population of students, and because of our limited economic means requirement, we rely on these organizations to help make some of the most vulnerable potential students aware of the opportunities at Berea College.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
---

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.