Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.42
Liaison Darcy Everett
Submission Date Feb. 18, 2020

STARS v2.2

College of Charleston
PA-3: Inclusive and Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.25 / 3.00 P Brian Fisher
CSO/Executive Director
Sustainability
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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:

Founded in 1922, the Student Government Association proposes and debates bills and resolutions related to student life at the College. The SGA allocates funds to more than 230 student organizations, hosts educational events and serves as a mediator between the administration and Cougar students. The group meets weekly. More information can be found at sga.cofc.edu.

The College's Faculty Senate is the primary legislative body of College faculty. The Senate makes recommendations on any matters relating to academic programs, curriculum, admissions and continuation standards, the grading system, degree and certificate requirements, and the utility of intellectual resources at the College. The Faculty Senate is supported by 24 standing Senate and College committees and meets monthly. More information can be found at facultysenate.cofc.edu.

The Staff Advisory Committee represent non-academic staff on issues, policies and practices that affect the university and stakeholders served by the committee. The committee is comprised of 21 elected individuals and three ex-officio members. More information can be found at sac.ccofc.edu.


Total number of individuals on the institution’s highest governing body:
20

Number of students representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
0

Number of academic staff representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
0

Number of non-academic staff representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
0

Number of women serving as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
8

Percentage of official members of the highest governing body that are women:
40

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?:
Yes

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 Joseph P. Riley Jr. Center for Livable Communities is an interdisciplinary initiative of the College whose mission is to leverage the intellectual resources of the College to support the economic and cultural vibrancy of the City of Charleston and other South Carolina communities. The Riley Center is guided by a distinguished and diverse community advisory board that includes nearly 25 members, including:

Ginny Deerin, International African-American Museum
Yvonne Evans, Former City of Charleston Councilmemer
Lewis Hudgins, Former Senior Advisor to the Mayor
Lee Higdon, Retired President of the College of Charleston
Ray Huff, Director and Professor Emeritus of Clemson Architecture Center
Linda Ketner, a local business owner and activist
Chris Marlin, President of Lennar International
Clay Middleton, Director of Business Services for the City of Charleston
Layton McCurdy, Dean Emeritus and Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina
Elise Partin, Mayor of Cayce, South Carolina


Number of people from underrepresented groups serving as official members of the institution’s highest governing body.:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s governance structure is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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