Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.14
Liaison Kylee Singh
Submission Date July 10, 2023

STARS v2.2

California Polytechnic State University
PA-3: Inclusive and Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Kylee Singh
Sustainability Coordinator
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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:

At Cal Poly student government leaders work to uphold Associated Students Incorporated's vision of providing students with the ultimate college experience. Student leaders encourage shared governance, student advocacy, and collaboration with other campus and community entities.

Taken from CSU Board of Trustees website:
The Governor appoints two student trustees from nominees proposed by the California State Student Association. These student trustees serve staggered two-year terms. One student trustee has full voting powers; the second, non-voting student trustee succeeds to the voting position upon the expiration of the term of the first.

Staff members can participate in workers unions across the university system. For every union on campus, there is an elected union representative. Often these union reps from the university serve and participate in the CSU Board of Trustees meetings and other high level governance opportunities. These staff members take feedback from campus employees and ensure that campus and system leadership are making changes to address any staff issues.

The Academic Senate is the faculty governing body of the University representing approximately over 1,300 faculty members. It is the principal mechanism for consultative participation by the University community in the administrative decisions of the President. This legislative body is comprised of approximately 50 elected faculty representatives, 4 administrators, and 2 students.
The Academic Senate formulates and evaluates policy and procedures on academic, fiscal, and personnel matters. The work of the Senate is accomplished through its several committees (comprised of approximately 130 faculty, administrators, and students), which received their charges from the Academic Senate Executive Committee. Recommended action is forwarded to the Academic Senate for deliberation and then to the President for approval and implementation. In addition, the Academic Senate may make recommendations to the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the CSU Academic Senate that it judges will benefit the CSU.

The Governor appoints a Faculty Trustee from nominees proposed by the Statewide Academic Senate. The Alumni and Faculty Trustees serve for two years.

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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?:

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

The mission of SCLC is to proactively engage in discussions to promote positive relations, mutual respect, and improved quality of life for all citizens of San Luis Obispo. Monthly meeting of the Student Community Liaison Committee. The Student Community Liaison Committee (SCLC), serves as a mechanism of communication among Cal Poly, Cuesta College, the City and County of San Luis Obispo, and community organizations.

The Office of University Diversity and Inclusion works with our community partners to further DEI efforts both on campus and off campus. By collaborating and pooling resources with partners, we are able to co-host a variety of community events, attract diverse speakers & talent, and foster relations between the university and diverse communities throughout SLO county. Check out our list of partners and all the ways they are working to advance DEI in SLO.

The Campus Planning Committee's primary function is to assist the President in the coordination, development, and control of a long-range plan for the physical development of the campus, within a framework of policy established by the Trustees of The California State University. This committee consists of four seats for local community members and public officials.

There are multiple representatives from the business community that serve on the Cal Poly Foundation board. These people oversee the universities endowment which drives the direction of fundraising and expenditures for campus, a key role in the success of the university.

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