Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.39
Liaison Lynn Stoddard
Submission Date Dec. 31, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Eastern Connecticut State University
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 3.00 Torin Radicioni
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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:

Eastern's highest governing body is the Board of Regents. The Board of Regents (BOR) for Higher Education governs the 17 public Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (CSCU) - four state universities; 12 community colleges; and Charter Oak State College.

There are two student representatives on the BOR: one from a community college + one from a state university. These student reps have voting rights within the BOR. The current state university student rep is from Eastern. Student reps are elected by their school's student government association, and then approved via appointment by the board members.

The Student Government Association at Eastern (SGA) is a governing body to which students are elected. (http://www.easternct.edu/studentactivities/sga/) The SGA works to meet the social, economic, and curricular needs of all Eastern students and works with Eastern faculty and administrations in deliberations. All students regardless of status are able to attend. The SGA is constituency based and officers are elected annually by the SGA membership. The student officers act as advisory bodies in the management of SGA. Each student senator serves on one internal committee and one external committee.

Representatives of SGA are also welcomed to participate in multiple standing committees which report to the University Senate. The committees where at least one seat is held by an SGA member include the Academic Affairs Committee, Budget & Resource Allocation Committee, Curriculum Committee, First Year Program Committee, Liberal Arts Program Committee, Liberal Arts Work Committee, Organization Committee, Student Academic Advising Committee, Support Services Committee, and University Assessment Committee. For more information on the University Senate please visit http://www.easternct.edu/senate/.


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 are able to participate in one or more governing bodies. Staff are appointed to and serve on many governing committees, such as Strategic Plan Committee, Master Plan Committee, Green Campus Committee, etc. In addition, administrative staff and faculty are members of employee professional organizations and/or bargaining units, determined by their job function. Employee organizations provide numerous opportunities for participation. A list of Eastern's employee organizations can be found at http://www1.easternct.edu/administration/employee-organizations/

Staff are also represented by and participate in the University Senate, which shares joint responsibility with the University Administration for the development of University policies in such areas as curriculum, degree requirements, scholastic standards, admission policies, academic freedom, promotion, tenure and continuing appointments, and University organizational structure, in the selection of the President, Vice Presidents, and Deans, in budget and planning, and in other matters affecting the educational quality and mission of the University. For more information on the University Senate please use the following link: http://www1.easternct.edu/senate/


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? :
Yes

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 faculty are party of a governing organization/union known as AAUP. The information for this union can be found using the following link: http://www.ecsuaaup.org/
All research and teaching faculty are also invited to participate in standing and at large committees that report the University Senate.

Eastern's highest governing body is the Board of Regents. The Board of Regents (BOR) for Higher Education governs the 17 public Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (CSCU) - four state universities; 12 community colleges; and Charter Oak State College.

There are two faculty representatives on the board: one from a community college + one from a state university. These faculty reps have voting rights within the BOR, except for votes regarding personnel. The current state university faculty rep is from Eastern. The faculty rep is elected by the Faculty Advisory Committee to the Board of Regent.


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) 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):

The Windham/Eastern Community Action Network, (W/E CAN) is a collaboration of residents of Windham, town government officials, University administration and faculty, students, community organizations, and other interested individuals who meet throughout the year to discuss issues of importance in the community and to work to develop positive relationships between the University and the community.

Created in 1991, the original Town-Gown Committee was established at the direction of Eastern President David G. Carter to address student-related issues with local neighbors. The Committee was facilitated jointly by Eastern’s Vice President for Student Affairs and Windham’s First Selectman. In 2002, the Town-Gown Committee embarked on a strategic planning process, to develop a vision, a mission, and long-term goals. At that time, the Committee changed its name to the Windham/Eastern Community Action Network, keeping “Town-Gown Committee” as a subtitle. The name change reflects the collaborative, active nature of the organization while aligning with its original purpose.

In 2013, we celebrated our 21st year as a dedicated partnership working to improve the quality of living and learning of all community members.

http://www.easternct.edu/towngown/


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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