Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 45.10
Liaison Bo Solomon
Submission Date March 3, 2023

STARS v2.2

Drexel University
PA-3: Inclusive and Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.62 / 3.00 Jen Britton
Director
UCP
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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 No

A brief description of the institution’s formal participatory or shared governance bodies:
Undergraduate Student Government Association:
The Undergraduate Student Government Association (USGA) exists to fairly represent student interests and to advocate on behalf of all students to foster an equitable collegiate experience. In order to do so effectively, our organization is composed of four committees, Academic Affairs; Buildings and Properties; Civic Engagement; and Student Life. Said committees allow our organization to serve as a bridge between students and the university administration. We use our unique platform on campus to support students, connect them to necessary resources, and ensure that the student voice is captured within all aspects of the University.
https://www.drexelusga.com/

Graduate Student Association:
The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is both the governing body and planning board primarily for graduate students enrolled in face-to-face quarter programs, in addition to the recognized graduate student organizations registered with Campus Engagement within Student Life. The GSA also advocates for and serves all graduate students across the University, including online and semester programs, collaborating with the Graduate College and campus partners to enhance the graduate student experience.

The Executive Board Members of the GSA are nominated and elected by graduate students annually in the spring and serve from July 1 - June 30 (fiscal year). In collaboration with the Graduate College, Campus Engagement within Student Life, and various academic and student services units, the GSA and recognized graduate student organizations host hundreds of programs and events to meet the many interests of the graduate student population at Drexel and bring together students, postdocs, alumni, faculty and professional staff across academic disciplines and organizations. From research symposiums, academic panels, interdisciplinary workshops, and writing boot camps, to ski trips, white water rafting, intramural sports and happy hours, there is something for everyone in our vibrant Drexel graduate student community.
https://drexel.edu/graduatecollege/resources/graduate-student-association/

Faculty Senate:
The Faculty Senate is the duly elected body of representatives of the faculty of Drexel University. Members of the Senate are elected by the faculty of the academic units. Much of the work of the Senate is accomplished by the seven Standing Committees of the Senate (Academic Affairs; Faculty Affairs; Budget, Planning & Development; Academic Support; Student Life; Research & Scholarly Activity, and Nominations). The committees frequently meet with representatives from the administration to be an effective voice of the faculty. These committees work to develop and analyze university policy for which they can commission and request reports. Based on these reports, they make recommendations to the Senate as whole and as such provide the vehicle for faculty shared stewardship of Drexel University.

https://drexel.edu/senate/about/overview/

Total number of individuals on the institution’s highest governing body:
59

Number of students representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
5

Number of academic staff representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
5

Number of non-academic staff representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
5

Number of women serving as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
15

Percentage of official members of the highest governing body that are women:
25.42

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?:
No

A brief description of the campus-community council or equivalent body that gives external stakeholders a regular voice in institutional decisions that affect them:
Drexel hosts five Trustees appointed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. One for each of the four caucuses in the General Assembly and one appointment by the Goveror of the State

Number of people from underrepresented groups serving as official members of the institution’s highest governing body.:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s governance structure is available:
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