Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.79
Liaison Ian Johnson
Submission Date May 26, 2016
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Colorado College
PA-3: Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Mary Frances Kerr
Special Assistant to the President
President's Office
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Do all enrolled students, regardless of type or status, have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies (through direct participation or the election of representatives)?:
Yes

A brief description of the mechanisms through which students have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies:

Students at Colorado College have several avenues in which to participate in the College's governance bodies, with the Colorado College Student Government Association, the President's Council, and the student representative to the Board of Trustees being three of the most prominent.

Colorado College Student Government Association, CCSGA
The Colorado College Student Government Association is the official democratically elected student government at Colorado College. CCSGA is constitutionally chartered “as a source of support for student organizations and events, a forum for cooperative action and a voice calling for progress.” With a $268,000 budget, CCSGA manages student group recognition and funding. It also works to empower students through the student concerns committee.

President's Council
The President's Council is a representative body of students that serves in an advisory role to the President of Colorado College and as ambassadors for the college. The Council meets with the President and/or various college and community leaders at least once per block.

The student representative to the Board of Trustees is elected yearly. The student speaks on behalf of the student body and participates in voting, committees, and project teams.

In addition, students serve on a variety of other governing bodies including: the Athletics Board, the Budget Committee, the Children's Center Advisory Committee, the Committee on Instruction, the Curriculum Committee, the Dean's Advisory Committee, the First Year Experience Committee, the Information Technology and Library Board, and the Student Conduct Committee.


Is there at least one student representative on the institution’s governing body who was elected by peers or appointed by a representative student body or organization?:
Yes

A brief description of student representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:

Every year, a student representative serves on the Board of Trustees. The role of the Student Trustee is to speak on the behalf of the student body and to make the Board aware of any pressing and relevant concerns that students may have. The Student Trustee is a voting member and serves on both Standing Committees and Strategic Project Teams.

Students interested in the position must apply, campaign, and receive one of the top three votes from the student body. Then, the three favored candidates interview with the Board, which makes the final call on the position.


Do students have a formal role in decision-making in regard to the following?:
Yes or No
Establishing organizational mission, vision, and/or goals Yes
Establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives Yes
Strategic and long-term planning Yes
Existing or prospective physical resources Yes
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning Yes
Communications processes and transparency practices Yes
Prioritization of programs and projects Yes

A brief description of the formal student role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:

Establishing Organizational Mission, Vision, and/or Goals:
-Even though the Board of Trustees (including its student representative) has no formal role in the construction of the College's mission statement, it plays a crucial role in its interpretation and adherence. During all decision-making processes, the Board carefully considers how the proposed action, program, or budget will fit in with the College's stated vision and goals.

Establishing New Policies, Programs, or Initiatives:
-On a blockly basis, the President's Council meets with college staff and administration to learn about current policies, program, and initiatives and to offer feedback and recommendations.

Strategic and Long-Term Planning:
-During the development of the Strategic Plan, students serving on the President's Council engaged the President of the College in several conversations regarding their vision for the plan. In particular, they gave suggestions regarding the plan's recommendation to rennovate Tutt Library, voicing what they hoped to see from both the design and offered resources.
-The Student Trustee, one of thirty-two voting members on the Board, participated in the vote to approve the College's strategic plan. Following the plan's approval, the Student Trustee had an opportunity to join his choice of the four Strategic Project Teams composed to carry out the goals outlined the plan. The teams included (1) campaign planning, (2) library planning, (3) campus master plan/ master communications plan, and (4) environmental stewardship & innovation.
-In addition to this, every committee created for and from the strategic plan had student members serving on it.

Existing or Prospective Physical Resources:
-During the group's blockly meetings with college staff and administrators, the President's Council discusses how CC can revamp its current resources and introduce new ones to enhance their value and usage on campus.
-CCSGA has proposed suggestions regarding additional study spaces on campus and the use of Honen Arena for college events.
-Students may participate as part of the Design Review Board also.
-Additionally, the student representative to the Board of Trustees has had the opportunity to vote for or against budgets, the campus master plan, and the campus master communications plan.

Budgeting, Staffing, and Financial Planning:
-As a voting member on the Board of Trustees, the Student Trustee can vote for or against the budgets included in Board proposals.
-The Student Trustee has the option to participate in any of the Board's four Standing Committees: Budget and Finance, Investment, Governance, and Audit.

Communications Processes and Transparency Practices:
-In a conversation with CC's Chief Technology Officer, the President's Council identified several strategies for revitalizing the College's Events/Student Digest (daily emails sent out to CC students notifying them of events, activities, and programs on campus) in order to foster a stronger system for campus communication.
-In an effort to increase communication within the CC community, CCSGA has been collaborating with college administration to develop an umbrella website that provides a centralized online location featuring the promoted events of student groups on campus.

Prioritization of Programs and Projects:
-Employing its $268,000 budget, CCSGA awards funding to student groups on campus based on its own prioritization of programs and projects. A significant portion of the funding from CCSGA comes from the student activity fee administered by the committee in charge of allocation these fees. Students have the opportunity to participate on this committee.
-The Organizing Committee, a subsection of the President's Council, attends campus events and programs and provides feedback to the President.


Do all staff, regardless of type or status, have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies (through direct participation or the election of representatives)?:
Yes

A brief description of the mechanisms through which all staff have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies:

Staff currently hold positions on the Curriculum Executive Committee, Staff Council, Academic Events Committee, Advancement Advisory Committee, Assessment Committee, Athletics Board, Budget Committee, Campus Design Review Board, Children's Center Advisory Committee, Committee on Instruction, Compensation Committee, Dean's Advisory Committee, Diversity and Equity Advisory Board, First-Year Experience Committee, Information Technology and Library Board, Institutional Review Board, International Studies Committee, Summer Session Committee, and the ACM Minority Concerns Committee.


Is there at least one non-supervisory staff representative on the institution’s governing body who was elected by peers or appointed by a representative staff body or organization?:
No

A brief description of non-supervisory staff representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:
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Do non-supervisory staff have a formal role in decision-making in regard to the following? :
Yes or No
Establishing organizational mission, vision, and/or goals Yes
Establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives Yes
Strategic and long-term planning Yes
Existing or prospective physical resources Yes
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning Yes
Communications processes and transparency practices Yes
Prioritization of programs and projects Yes

A brief description of the formal staff role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:

Non-supervisory staff may have a formal role in college decision making through many of the governance bodies listed above.


Do all faculty, regardless of type or status, have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies (through direct participation or the election of representatives)?:
Yes

A brief description of the mechanisms through which all faculty (including adjunct faculty) have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies:

Faculty currently hold posisitions on the Faculty Executive Committee, Curriculum Executive Committee, Humanities Executive Committee, Natural Sciences Executive Committee, Social Sciences Committee, Academic Events Committee, Admission and Financial Aid Advisory Committee, Advancement Advisory Committee, Assessment Committee, Athletics Board, Budget Committee, Campus Design Review Board, Children's Center Advisory Committee, Colorado Springs Undergraduate Research Forum, Committee on Instruction, Compensation Committee, Dean's Advisory Committee, Diversity and Equity Advisory Board, Faculty Representative to the Cutler Board, Faculty Representative to the Investment Committee of the Board of Trustees, Faculty Research and Development Board, Faculty Secretary, First-Year Experience Committee, Information Technology and Library Board, Institutional Review Board, International Studies Committee, Summer Session Committee, and ACM Minority Concerns Committee.


Is there at least one teaching or research faculty representative on the institution’s governing body who was elected by peers or appointed by a representative faculty body or organization?:
No

A brief description of faculty representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:

Non-supervisory faculty may have a formal role in college decision making through many of the governance bodies listed above.


Do faculty have a formal role in decision-making in regard to the following?:
Yes or No
Establishing organizational mission, vision, and/or goals Yes
Establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives Yes
Strategic and long-term planning Yes
Existing or prospective physical resources Yes
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning Yes
Communications processes and transparency practices Yes
Prioritization of programs and projects Yes

A brief description of the formal faculty role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:

Non-supervisory faculty may a formal role in college decision making through many of the governance bodies listed above.

The Library Action Team was developed as an initiative of the strategic plan. This action team is comprised completely of faculty and staff of the college and works alongside the library planning subcommittee of the Board of Trustees.


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