Overall Rating Platinum - expired
Overall Score 85.29
Liaison Tonie Miyamoto
Submission Date March 23, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Colorado State University
PA-3: Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
3.00 / 3.00 Nik Olsen
Assistant Director of Administrative Communications
Office of the President
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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:

Through the Associated Students of CSU (CSU's student government), students have access to all levels of the administration.


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:

Both the President and Vice President of the CSU student government are elected by students on an annual basis. In addition, each college elects representatives to ASCSU.


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:

Students are able to establish organization mission, vision and goals through representation (ASCSU president) on the Board of Governors of Colorado State University. Through the same mechanism, they are also able to establish new policies, programs, or initiatives; as well as be involved with strategic and long-term planning.

The Student Fee Review Board allows students the ability to allocate existing and prospective physical resources. The Student fee Review Board also lets students prioritize programs and projects by reviewing and voting on all student-fee funded initiatives.

Students comprise the University Facility Fee Advisory Board (UFFAB) which provides guidance and advice concerning the University Facility Fee to the Vice President of Administrative Services; to review all project proposals for allocations of the University Facility Fee; and to ensure that all allocations of the University Facility Fee will be used to provide new facilities and/or to improve current facilities that directly benefit the students of Colorado State University.

Students comprise the University Technology Fee Advisory Board (UTFAB) whose mission is to provide guidance and advice in the implementation and application of technology at Colorado State University; to review all allocation requests of the University Technology Fee; and to ensure that all allocations of the University Technology Fee will be used to provide technology that has the potential to benefit as many Colorado State University students as possible.

The CSU Open Forum and Budget Talks from the University President allows all students to be involved with budgeting, staffing, and financial planning.
Students also participate in communications processes and transparency practices through involvement in CSU's fiscal accountability reporting.


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:

The university has a practice of shared governance through Faculty Council, Administrative Professional Council & Classified Personnel Council. State Classified and Administrative Professional personnel have access to participation in governmental bodies via the Classified Personnel Council and Administrative Professional Council. Faculty have access through Faculty Council. The CSU Faculty Council is the major policy making body for academic affairs at Colorado State University and acts as the representative body for the academic faculty and performs those duties delegated to the academic faculty by acts of the legislature.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of non-supervisory staff representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:

Members of the Faculty Council elect for a one-year term a faculty member who is either an assistant professor or professor to serve as the faculty representative on the CSU Board of Governors. There are 85 regular faculty voting members and 24 non-voting members.

Classified Personnel Council representatives are elected annually by all State Classified staff. CPC can have up to 20 members and 5 alternates.

Administrative Professional Council representatives are elected annually by all Administrative Professional staff. There are 15 representatives from all colleges, the Office of the President & VP offices.


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:

1 - councils (APC, CPC), open forums faculty
2 - councils (APC, CPC), open forums faculty
3 - strategic planning process includes multiple task forces open to faculty and staff
4 - physical space planning committee, architectural review board, committee on strategic and financial planning,
5 - faculty council, hiring council - code of conduct "faculty and staff manual"
6 - financial planning report, budget forums, "SPARCfest" (strategic planning public presentations),
7 - SPARC (strategic planning), planning commission


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:

Via the Faculty Council - see description above.


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?:
Yes

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

The Faculty Council elects a member to serve as faculty representative on the Board of Governors of the CSU System


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:

1 - Faculty Council set policies for college and departmental organization, long-range planning, and resource allocation.
2- Faculty Council's Committee on Strategic and Financial Planning reviews University proposals, policies, and procedures;
3 - See 1
4 - Faculty Council Committee on University Programs evaluates proposals for centers, institutes and other units; a faculty member from each college serves as a representative on the University Physical Development Committee
5 - Committee on Strategic and Financial Planning recommends policies related to planning, budgeting, resource allocation, and faculty compensation increases
6 - Faculty Council standing committees receive and review all appropriate items from any member of the University community and furnish annual reports to the Faculty Council


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