Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.81
Liaison Ian Johnson
Submission Date March 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

Colorado College
PA-3: Inclusive and Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 3.00 Ian Johnson
Sustainability Director
Office of 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:

As a community that embraces transparency and accountability, it is in our best interest as an organization to be clear about who is responsible for what decisions. An effective institution has clear processes that are documented and available to the community. There are several different offices, departments, and committees that make decisions on the operations of the college

Student government: The Colorado College Student Government Association (CCSGA) is comprised of members democratically elected by the Colorado College student body. CCSGA gives students a crucial role in the campus-wide development of an enriching college experience. CCSGA strives to make life at Colorado College not only intellectual, but also enjoyable and meaningful. In addition to being a source of support for student organizations and events, CCSGA is also a forum for cooperative action and provides a voice calling for progress. CCSGA is dedicated to the improvement of Colorado College and is driven by the passion and determination of its students.

Faculty executive committee: https://www.coloradocollege.edu/basics/welcome/leadership/committees/

Staff council: Staff Council advises the President and administration of Colorado College. In that context, our mission is to advocate for and promote the interests of staff, help draft and establish policies that affect staff, and facilitate communication between staff and other constituencies. In doing so, we aim to advance the mission of Colorado College.

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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:

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

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:

Alumni and community members have acess to participate in college-wide decisions through shared goverance bodies such as the Board of Trustees.

The college also offers external stakeholders with multile groups where they areable to have a regular voice in instututional decisions, but they are not through a formal body.

the Campus Sustainability Council is a community engagement body; community members have an opportunity to provide input on (internally focused) college decisions that affect them. Community members who are included in the Campus Sustainability Council represent various demographics of the community, including environmental organizations (Sierra Club; Bestway/e-Tech Recyclers), other institutions (UCCS), elected officials (COS Sustainability Office), and regularly engages military bodies (USAFA) and public utility providers (COS Utilities) to inform, gain perspective, and provide an outlet for community members represented to have a voice in operational and planning decisions that affect them as they pertain to the college’s sustainability efforts and planning. The Campus Sustainability Council has these various community members who attend the meetings and allow them to have a say in the decisions made on campus when it comes to sustainability initiatives.
Additionally, Colorado College has employees appointed as ex-officio members who meet regularly with the Old North End Neighborhood Association, which provides a regular and formal forum for the adjacent neighborhood association members to formally weigh in on decisions the college makes.
Finally, for all major projects and decisions that impact the surrounding community and businesses, Colorado College hosts regular forums, town hall meetings, open houses, and design charrettes. The intent of these events is to allow external stakeholders a voice in college decisions. These events are formal and are open to all community members, although participation in these events varies greatly depending on the topic or project, and therefore the community members directly impacted.

Number of people from underrepresented groups serving as official members of the institution’s highest governing body.:

Website URL where information about the institution’s governance structure is available:
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