Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.37
Liaison Nina Bisbee
Submission Date June 29, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Bryn Mawr College
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 3.00
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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 Self-Government Association (often referred to as SGA) is the self-governing body of the undergraduate students of Bryn Mawr College. Students practice self-governance which allows them to create rules and principles for the members of SGA to abide by.

Students united to form the Bryn Mawr College Self-Government Association in 1892. The College therefore became the first institution of higher education in the United States to give students responsibility to not only enforce rules of behavior upon themselves, but also for decide what those rules should be. Today, most Bryn Mawr students and graduates cite self-governance as one of the most valuable parts of a Bryn Mawr education.

The President of SGA is elected by and represents the student body during meetings with the faculty, staff, President and Board of Trustees (the highest governing body), facilitating better communication between the Administration and Bryn Mawr Students (SGA). Articles II and II of the SGA Constitution outlines the elected officials and their responsibilities including student representation on the Board of Trustees by the elected SGA President. (http://sga.blogs.brynmawr.edu/constitution/)

Information take from the SGA blog Website: http://sga.blogs.brynmawr.edu/


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:

Bryn Mawr College has a Staff Association with an Executive Council that meets regularly, as well as representatives to the Board of Trustees, the highest governing power. Board of Trustees Representatives are nominated and elected by the Executive Council of the Staff Association as per the Staff Association Constitution. (http://www.brynmawr.edu/staffassoc/who/constitution.html)

Mission:
Formed in 1974,The Staff Association's mission is to promote a supportive work environment for College staff. Members of the Executive Council serve on numerous College committees and decision making bodies.

More information can be found here: http://www.brynmawr.edu/staffassoc/


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:

Bryn Mawr College has Faculty Governance and Committees through which they participate in College Governance.(https://www.brynmawr.edu/provost/faculty-governance-and-committees-0) The governance structure includes three representatives to the Board of Trustees (the highest governing body) made up of the elected Chair of Faculty, the Chair- elect, and a member of the Committee on Academic Priorities selected by the Committee as per the Bylaws of the Faculty.
(https://www.brynmawr.edu/sites/default/files/Faculty%20Bylaws%20May%202014.pdf )


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:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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