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Liaison Lindsey Lyons
Submission Date April 30, 2015
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Dickinson College
PA-3: Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Tyce Herrman
Projects Coordinator
Center for Sustainability Education
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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:

See Student Senate's role on campus below.


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:

The President of the Student Senate is invited to all on-campus Board of Trustees meetings and reports to the Faculty monthly. Additionally, there are 13 members of the Student Senate who are elected to vote on All-College Committees such as Planning and Budget Committee (P&B), (Enrollment and Student Life Committee (ESLC), Academic Programming and Standards Committee (ASPC), and Information Technology and Services Committee (ITS). Each of those representatives has speaking rights at Faculty meetings, and at least one All-College Committee Senator per committee is invited to relevant Board of Trustees committee meetings.

Each of the aforementioned student representatives (officially known as Senators) are elected to the Student Senate in either the Fall or Spring semester. P&B, APSC, and ITS are limited to sophomores, juniors, and/or seniors. These are elected by the Student Body as a whole. Additionally, some of those positions are filled by members of the Student Senate Executive Committee. ESLC is limited to one student representative per class year, including the First-Year class. ESLC Senators are elected by their classes individually.


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:

Each of these roles can be simplified to one answer. In each of the All-College Committees, the Student Senate has voice and vote on passing College policies. Students' influence in each of these areas rests in the Student Senators’ ability to provide a student’s perspective. Examples of this influence include, but are not limited to: input on Strategic Plans in P&B, Distribution Requirements in ASPC, Web Governance in ITS, and Orientation in ESLC.


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:

Hourly, non-supervisory staff have voice and vote on the College's Committee on Planning and Budget. Supervisory staff are present on All College Committees.


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:

Non-supervisory staff may be invited to Standing Committees of the Board of Trustees to provide expertise and guidance. These standing committees are:

Committee on College Advancement
Committee on Academic Affairs
Committee on Enrollment and Communications
Committee on Facilities
Committee on Finance, Budget and Audit
Committee on Honorary Degrees
Committee on Investments
Committee on Student Life
Committee on Trustees


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:

The Committee on Planning and Budget covers all the above issues.


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:

All faculty have voice at the monthly faculty meeting. http://www.dickinson.edu/download/downloads/id/1568/faculty_meeting_bylaws


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:

See non-supervisory staff description 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:

The faculty meeting and All College Committees cover the above items.


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

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