Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 45.39
Liaison Holli Fajack
Submission Date July 6, 2017
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STARS v2.1

California State University, Long Beach
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.25 / 3.00 Holli Fajack
Sustainability Coordinator
Physical Planning and Facilities Management
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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:

There are elected and appointed positions within ASI Student Government at CSULB and the student body at large automatically become members of the association when they pay their mandatory student fees at the time of registration. ASI student representatives sit on all of the major committees and governing bodies at the university. The mission of Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) is to improve the quality of campus life for students while enhancing their educational experience.
Source: http://www.asicsulb.org/pages/asi-mission-statement

The California State University system's highest governing body is the California State University Board of Trustees. The Governor appoints two student trustees to this body 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. The student trustees serve alongside Governor of California, the Lieutenant Governor of California, the Speaker of the Assembly, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the CSU Chancellor, sixteen Governor Appointees confirmed by two-thirds of the State Senate, one alumni association representative appointed by the Governor, and one faculty member appoint by the Governor. http://www.csustudents.org/who-we-are/student-trustees/


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?:
No

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

Staff Council provides staff with an effective process for participation in campus governance and facilitates communication and cooperation across the campus on issues of interest and concern to staff. Staff members are nominated and then voted into membership positions by their peers.
http://web.csulb.edu/org/staff-council/

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.


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:

The Academic Senate is the highest governing body for faculty at the university. Faculty are elected to positions within the Academic Senate.

Academic Senate Mission Statement:
The Academic Senate of California State University, Long Beach insures effective exercise of the rights, duties, privileges, and responsibilities of citizenship within the University and is the official representative body responsible to and acting for its constituents. As such, it is the mechanism for orderly participation in the protection of academic freedom, in policy formation, in collegiate governance, in the application of "joint responsibility," and in defining the role and mission of the University. It upholds protects, and enhances all the traditional rights of faculty, staff, students, and administration. It formulates educational and academic personnel policies and participates in the resource planning process and in the determination of administrative regulations and practices. It reviews policies, practices, and procedures in matters of academic and professional concern and makes recommendations for implementing change. It acts as a consultative body to other constituencies on all matters it or the President deems pertinent to the welfare of the University. The Academic Senate structures itself to support the mission of the University and to achieve an optimal degree of communication and cooperation among the elements of the University.

The CSU Board of Trustees is the CSU's highest governing body. The Governor of California appoints a Faculty Trustee from nominees proposed by the Statewide Academic Senate. The Alumni and Faculty Trustees serve for two years. https://www2.calstate.edu/csu-system/board-of-trustees/Pages/about-the-bot.aspx


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?:
Yes

A copy of the written policies and procedures:
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The policies and procedures:

CSULB adheres to the California Environmental Quality Act's (CEQA) Environmental Impact Report process to engage external stakeholders in land use planning, capital investment projects, and other institutional decisions that affect our local community.


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 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):

As a member of the California State University (CSU) system, CSULB is responsible to the CSU Board of Trustees. The Board is comprised of a combination of ex-officio members, a CSU Alumni appointee, student appointees, and an array of other appointees by the Governor of California who represent diverse stakeholder interests from across the state. The 25-member Board of Trustees adopts regulations and policies governing the entire CSU system. Board committees have authority over educational policy, finance, campus planning, and facilities, among other areas. Read more at https://www2.calstate.edu/csu-system/board-of-trustees/Pages/default.aspx.


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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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