Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.94
Liaison Tanya Roberts
Submission Date Feb. 7, 2020
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Durham College
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 3.00 Peter Garrett
Manager, Strategic Reporting & Government Relations
Presidents Office
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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?:
Yes

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

The Durham College Board of Governors has a student representative elected each year by the broader student population. These students get training in good governance principles, work alongside industry leaders and generally gain extensive experience, while bringing the student voice to the Board table.
Four spaces on the 16-member College Council are reserved for students. Council is made up of a cross-section of senior leadership, faculty, support staff and students. It reviews and discusses new policy, reviews and provides input on a broad college-related issues, and has influence on a number of other initiatives.
Students can also run for election as a representative of the Board of the Student Association, which is an independent student-run organization (DCSI)


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?:
Yes

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

The Durham College Board of Governors has elected representatives from the support staff, faculty and administrative employee groups and reserves 4 seats at the table. These employees receive extensive training in good governance principles, work alongside industry leaders and have an equal vote and say as external members.
Many college employees are asked to represent the college on external boards and committees, providing them with an opportunity to directly impact these organizations.
The Durham College Board of Governors puts out an open call for candidates to represent the support staff, faculty and administrative employee groups on the Board. These employees must have their nomination endorsed by colleagues and then run in an election. Voting takes place within the constituency of each group – e.g. faculty vote for faculty, etc. These positions are for a three-year term.


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:

In addition to the above listed Board of Governance, the college does not have a faculty senate, but does include academic council and program advisory committees (PACS) and college council.


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?:
No

A copy of the written policies and procedures:
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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 No
Civil society (e.g. NGOs, NPOs) No

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):

Durham College actively promotes the Town and Gown Committee, which is made up of Ontario tech, Trent, City of Oshawa, Durham Region and Durham Region Police and open to members of the community


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