Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 46.72
Liaison Kathy Johnson
Submission Date April 22, 2014
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Black Hills State University
PA-3: Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Katie Greer
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Services
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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 current students who have paid the activity fee of Black Hills State University shall be a member of the Student Association. The representative body of the Student Association is the Student Senate.
Students also sit on the Student Federation and are nominated for various committees on campus who make recommendations to the administration.


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?:
No

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

A student sits on the South Dakota Board of Regents, the governing body for South Dakota public universities. However, this student is appointed by the governor of South Dakota rather than elected by peers.


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 Yes
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning Yes
Communications processes and transparency practices No
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:

The President or VP of Student Senate sits on BHSU's most strategic planning comittees which sets our organizational mission, vision, and goals and influences and prioritizes our programs, initiatives, budget, and projects.
Students were also asked aid decision making for the plans for our new Crow Peak residence hall, which just broke ground for construction.


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:

Hourly staff can participate in the Career Service Act Advisory Council, an organization of Career Service employees at Black Hills State University who have been elected to represent their peers.
Staff are also asked to sit on committees who make recommendations to the administration.


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?:
No

A brief description of non-supervisory staff representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:
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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 No
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:

Staff participated in BHSU's most recent strategic planning process which identified our organizational mission, vision, and goals and influence's our programs, initiatives, budget, and prioritized our programs and projects.


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:

Faculty are represented by the Faculty Senate, an elected body which expresses the faculty’s concerns for the welfare and improvement of the university through stimulating communications, formulating general university policy, and performing those duties and functions especially allocated to or assumed by the faculty.
Faculty are also asked to sit on committees who make recommendations to the administration.


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 No
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:

Faculty participated in BHSU's most recent strategic planning process which identified our organizational mission, vision, and goals and influence's our programs, initiatives, budget, and prioritized our programs and projects.


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

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