Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.23
Liaison Heather Albert-Knopp
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2022

STARS v2.2

College of the Atlantic
PA-3: Inclusive and Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 3.00 Heather Albert-Knopp
Dean of Admission
Office of Admission
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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:

College of the Atlantic's All College Meeting (ACM) is a weekly shared governance body where all students, faculty, and staff participate in making decisions related to college governance and policy. Administrative work is conducted by committees of the ACM, including the Academic Affairs Committee (which is responsible for curricular planning and approval of new courses), the Buildings & Grounds Committee, Admission Committee (which reviews all applications for admissions), Student Life Committee, Personnel Committee (workplace policies/HR) and more. Committees typically include student, staff, and faculty members. The college's Operating Model guides participatory governance.

As part of the committee structure, there are also separate governance bodies for faculty, staff, and students (faculty meeting, staff meeting, and student meeting).


Total number of individuals on the institution’s highest governing body:
25

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:
16

Percentage of official members of the highest governing body that are women:
64

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?:
No

A brief description of the campus-community council or equivalent body that gives external stakeholders a regular voice in institutional decisions that affect them:
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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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College policies are routinely administered by the standing committees of the All College Meeting (ACM), their subcommittees, and their members. Unless indicated otherwise in their charters, committee chairpersons are appointed by the President, and are responsible for administrative actions between meetings. Administrative actions are typically not considered final until reported to and approved by ACM, usually in the form of meeting minutes. Any decision made or action taken by a committee, unless specifically delegated to the committee as part of its autonomous purview by ACM through the committee’s charter, may be challenged by any ACM member. Committees or administrators desiring to change the policies that they administer must submit proposals to ACM to that effect.

The operating model of the All College Meeting can be found here: https://www.coa.edu/policies/

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