Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.93
Liaison Christina Erickson
Submission Date May 9, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Champlain College
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 3.00 Donald Laackman
President
President's Office
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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?:
No

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

SGA, the Student Government Association is an advocate for the Champlain College community and acts as a liaison for students to the Administration, Staff, and Faculty. The SGA strives to effect change on behalf of the students, thereby creating a more enjoyable environment and a promising future. The SGA offers opportunities for leadership development, involvement, and personal growth within Champlain College.
https://www.champlain.edu/student-life/campus-life/activities-and-clubs/student-government-association


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:

The purpose of the Champlain College Staff Council is to advocate for the best interests of staff members; foster an environment of respect and fairness; and help build a sense of community by facilitating effective communication among staff, administration, faculty and students. This organization will provide representation in the larger College community, organize networking among staff members, and provide input to the process of planning professional development opportunities.
https://www.champlain.edu/faculty-and-staff/staff-council


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? :
No

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 Faculty Senate
a) Designs academic programs, creates and makes substantial changes to curriculum.
b) Has governance authority on faculty status and curriculum within a shared governance structure.
c) Works in partnership with Academic and Student Affairs to affect the educational process and academic achievement.
d) Cooperates with and coordinates its activities with the Staff Council.
e) Determines Faculty Senate committees (Standing and Ad Hoc) and their purpose and membership.

See "Section 3: Organization & Governance" in the Faculty Handbook. http://catalog.champlain.edu/content.php?catoid=40&navoid=1069

The Faculty Senate President attends Board of Trustee Meetings as an invited guest to observe and answer questions from the faculty point of view when asked.


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:

While we do not have written policies or procedures about stakeholder engagement, the College strives to engage a broad range of constituents in campus and institutional planning. Two examples include the 2007 Master Plan and the Champlain 2025 strategic planning process.

The (current) Champlain College master plan was completed in March 2007. The planning process was an opportunity for students, faculty, administrators, and trustees to work together to identify a common vision for Champlain's future. It also provided opportunities for Champlain to build stronger relationships with neighbors, institutions, and with city officials.
https://www.champlain.edu/about-champlain/vision/master-plan

Community Members and other invited guests were included in the "Community Conversation" held in October 2018 as part of the planning for the College's next strategic plan.
https://www.champlain.edu/new-vision-for-champlain-college


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:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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