Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 81.45
Liaison Lindsey Lyons
Submission Date March 1, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Dickinson College
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.25 / 3.00 Neil Leary
Director
Center for Sustainability Education
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Do the institution’s students have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a student council)? :
Yes

Do the institution’s students have an elected representative on the institution’s highest governing body?:
No

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which students are engaged in governance, including information to support each affirmative response above:

Students participate in governance at Dickinson College through the Student Senate as well as participating as voting members of Dickinson's all-college governance committees: Academic Programs and Standards, Planning & Budget, Enrollment & Student Life and Information Technology & Services Committee.

Student Senate: “The Dickinson College Student Senate consists of 38 voting members of all years and involvement. The Student Senate is organized with two aims: to support student clubs and organizations and to promote shared governance. Shared governance is a way for the students to work closely with the administration to inflict actual change and impact life at Dickinson. Through our core values of communication, collaboration and representation, the Student Senate works to serve the student body and encourage social, cultural, and academic initiatives to create a more active and engaged student community. The Student Senate is a valuable resource and voice for the student body. Led by the Student Body President, the Senate meets collectively once a week in the Holland Union Building Social Hall to discuss current matters, update the Community on Senate initiatives, and vote on resolutions.” https://www.dickinson.edu/studentsenate


Do the institution’s staff members have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a staff council)?:
Yes

Do the institution’s non-supervisory staff members have an elected representative on the institution’s highest governing body?:
No

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which staff are engaged in governance, including information to support each affirmative response above:

Staff participate in governance at Dickinson College through the Staff Forum as well as participating as voting members of Dickinson's all-college governance committees: Academic Programs and Standards, Planning & Budget, Enrollment & Student Life and Information Technology & Services Committee.

Staff Forum: The Staff Forum is made up of staff representing all divisions of the college—Academic Affairs, Campus Operations, Enrollment & Communications, College Advancement, Financial Operations, Human Resource Services, Library & Information Services, and Student Development, as well as the President’s Office, to enhance communications with all areas of the college. The Forum meets monthly to share information and to discuss questions and concerns in addition to recommending actions and improvements on behalf of the college community.

http://www.dickinson.edu/download/downloads/id/6754/vitality_october_2016.pdf


Do the institution’s teaching and research faculty have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a faculty senate)?:
Yes

Do the institution’s teaching and research faculty have an elected representative on the institution’s highest governing body? :
No

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which teaching and research faculty are engaged in governance, including information to support each affirmative response above:

All full-time faculty members participate in governance at Dickinson as voting members in monthly faculty meetings and through election of their peers to the all-college governance committees: Academic Programs and Standards, Planning & Budget, Enrollment & Student Life and Information Technology & Services Committee.

http://www.dickinson.edu/homepage/301/college_governance

http://www.dickinson.edu/info/20195/provost_and_dean_of_the_college/1641/academic_handbook


Does the institution have written policies and procedures to identify and engage external stakeholders (i.e. local residents) in land use planning, capital investment projects, and other institutional decisions that affect the community?:
Yes

A copy of the written policies and procedures:
The policies and procedures:
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Does the institution have formal participatory or shared governance bodies through which community members representing the interests of the following stakeholder groups can regularly participate in institutional governance?:
Yes or No
Local government and/or educational organizations Yes
Private sector organizations Yes
Civil society (e.g. NGOs, NPOs) Yes

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which external stakeholders are engaged in institutional governance (including information about each stakeholder group selected above):

Dickinson's Associate Vice President meets with external stakeholders to discuss projects/initiatives and receive feedback and opinions. Information obtained in the stakeholder meetings will be shared with the college's project planning and design committee. The stakeholder meeting will include representation from the organizations listed below, depending on stakeholder relevance to the scope of the project:

Borough of Carlisle Management Staff
Carlisle Borough Council
Carlisle School District
A representative from the private sector
A representative from a local community organization


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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