|Submission Date||March 1, 2021|
California State University, Sacramento
PA-3: Inclusive and Participatory Governance
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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?:
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A brief description of the institution’s formal participatory or shared governance bodies:
Student: ASI Board
Associated Students is governed by a Board of Directors which is comprised of a majority of students elected by the student body of Sacramento State. Student representation and advocacy is their primary focus and passion. The Board of Directors is committed to providing student with the opportunity to be fully involved in the governance of the University and the development of an exciting campus life. Student Government’s purpose is to lead the Sacramento State community in serving the diverse needs of
Sacramento State students by promoting leadership development, shared governance, relationship building,
community betterment, and lifelong personal and professional growth.
The ASI Board of Directors includes five Executive Officers, a representative from each College, a representative for Undeclared Students, and a representative for Graduate Students. The University President or designee and University Chief Financial Officer or designee also serve as directors on the ASI Board.
Faculty: Faculty Senate
The Faculty Senate shall have power to formulate, review, revise, adopt and
recommend policy and procedures to the President of the California State University,
Sacramento. Its power shall extend to any academic matter delegated to the President
by law and by the Trustees and Chancellor of The California State University. The
extent of this power shall include but not be limited to academic, personnel, and fiscal
policies. All policies adopted by the President that have not been initiated by the Faculty
Senate or have not been the subject of formal consultation with the Faculty Senate
shall be reported to the Faculty Senate for its information.
The Faculty Senate is composed of the temporary, probationary and tenured Instructional faculty; Library faculty; Counseling faculty; faculty on the Faculty Early Retirement Program; Student Service Professionals (SSPI, SSPII, SSPIII, SSPIV, and Evaluators); administrators holding appointments in academic departments or the Library; and the President.
Non-Academic Staff: University Staff Assembly
The name of the body of non-academic staff employees, hereinafter referred to as the Staff, or
staff employees at California State University, Sacramento, shall be the University Staff
Assembly. Membership in the University Staff Assembly (USA) shall be comprised of all employees who are employed at least hourly intermittent and are in nonacademic staff positions.
Within the framework of the California State Law, rules and policies of the Trustees of the
California State University and Colleges, the provisions of Collective Bargaining and of the
President of California State University, Sacramento, applicable to staff members, the University
Staff Assembly shall:
1. Be an official organization of California State University, Sacramento, functioning as an
advisory group to the President of California State University, Sacramento.
2. Be constituted to provide effective representation and deliberation for staff employees of
the University on matters outside the scope of Collective Bargaining, which are of
interest to the staff employees and the University.
3. Receive and evaluate suggestions and proposals submitted in writing by staff employees
relating to matters outside the scope of Collective Bargaining.
4. Enhance relationships and communication for and between staff employees and the
administration, faculty and students of the University on matters outside the scope of
5. Propose and undertake programs and projects falling outside the scope of Collective
Bargaining, designed to benefit the staff employees and the University.
6. Strengthen the staff employees' contribution to the academic community.
7. Assume authority and responsibilities and perform functions as may be designated by the
President of California State University, Sacramento, to include assignment of all staff
positions on campus committees.
8. Encourage and strengthen the development of staff representation at California State
Highest Governing Body: The CSU Board of Trustees
The CSU Board of Trustees is a 24-member governance board that adopts regulations and policies governing the entire CSU system. This group governs the CSU system as a whole and is the highest governing board for the system, but may not routinely have representative members from Sac State specifically. Board committees have authority over educational policy, finance, campus planning, and facilities, among other areas.
Membership of the board of trustees is composed of five (5) ex-officio Trustees (including the governor of CA, the lieutenant governor, the speaker of the assembly, the state superintendent of public instruction, and the CSU chancellor), and nineteen (19) trustees who are generally appointed by the Governor.
Of the nineteen (19) governor-appointed trustees, two (2) are students, one (1) is an alumni from the CSU Statewide Alumni Council, one (1) is faculty from the Statewide Academic Senate, and the others represent diverse stakeholder groups from across the state.
For more information on the CSU Board of Trustees, please visit: https://www2.calstate.edu/csu-system/board-of-trustees/Pages/default.aspx
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Number of academic staff representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
Number of non-academic staff representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
Number of women serving as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s highest governing body may be found:
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:
Anchor University Task Force and Advisory Council
Sacramento State’s President, Robert Nelsen, established a 50-member Anchor University Task Force and charged the Task Force to conduct a comprehensive review of the University’s existing community engagement efforts, conduct an assessment of community needs, and make recommendations on an organizational infrastructure that would develop and support the University’s anchor mission. The Task Force sought input from stakeholders internal and external to the University through community and faculty convenings and electronic surveys. The convenings informed the community and campus about the anchor initiative, solicited input and insights about how we should move forward as an Anchor University, and suggested priorities of action for deepening the University’s engagement with Sacramento and its residents. Two of the convenings were held in the community and a third was held on campus.
The Sacramento State Anchor University Advisory Council has 35 individuals appointed to represent the community, students, faculty, staff, and administrators. The council is composed of internal stakeholders as well as external stakeholders, such as a representative from the Sacramento City Unified School District and a representative from SMUD, Sacramento’s local energy provider. The establishment of this body is a true milestone to transform Sacramento State into an Anchor University that addresses inequities and improves the quality of life in our community and region. This standing body will offer overall direction, support, and feedback to sustain the work of the University’s Anchor Mission.
- Link: https://www.csus.edu/experience/anchor-university/advisory-council.html
Business Advisory Council
The Business Advisory Council (BAC) provides input and assistance to the College of Business (COB) as it seeks to fulfill its mission, including issues related to resource development, external relations, and strategic planning. The BAC is composed of alumni, community leaders, corporate partners, and other friends of the University. Individuals selected have demonstrated leadership in their chosen field, and are committed to the mission, vision, and success of the COB.
- Link: https://www.csus.edu/college/business-administration/advisory-council/
Starting in January 2020, the Sac State Community Engagement Center hosts a monthly meeting, called Network Cafe, with campus representatives and local non-profit organizations in Sacramento. Each month, over 70 representatives from the community and the campus gather to collaborate on issues and generate solutions to serve the campus and Sacramento community.
The Community Engagement Center works closely with local non-profits, schools, business and government agencies. Their goal is to build long-term, sustainable partnerships that promote service and engagement for Sacramento State students, faculty, staff and alumni.
- Link: https://www.csus.edu/experience/anchor-university/community-engagement-center/network-cafe.html#networkcafe
Carlsen Center Advisory Board
The Carlsen Center at Sacramento State is a regional hub and platform for providing approachable and accessible entrepreneurial education, community, and support to enable startup founders of all backgrounds to explore and launch their businesses. Their mission is, “To make innovation and entrepreneurship pervasive throughout the Greater Sacramento Region.”
The Carlsen Center Advisory Board is composed of many external and internal stakeholders, leveraging programmatic experts in targeted programs to connect future entrepreneurs to the resources they need on-and-off campus.
- Link: https://www.csus.edu/center/carlsen/governance-advisory-board.html
Number of people from underrepresented groups serving as official members of the institution’s highest governing body.:
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