Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.30
Liaison Scott Morgan
Submission Date Aug. 30, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Evergreen State College, The
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 3.00 Sam Alfieri
Sustainability Analyst
Office of Sustainability
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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:

Geoduck Student Union.

Article I: Name The name is the Geoduck Student Union. Article II: Scope The Geoduck Union is the official representation of the student body of The Evergreen State College. Article III: Membership All registered students at The Evergreen State College are members of the Geoduck Union. Article IV. Representation The student body will elect 21 student representatives, called Geoduck Union Representatives. Article V: Elections Representatives are elected by a student election held each Spring Quarter. Every student may vote for 21 candidates. The 21 candidates receiving the most votes will be the Geoduck Union Representatives. One representative seat is reserved for a student from the Tacoma Campus and one seat is reserved for a student from the Reservation-Based Campuses.

Evergreen's Board of Trustees includes a student representative. The Geoduck Student Union recommends 3 - 5 students for this role, annually, and the Washington State Governor then selects the student trustee from that list.


Do the institution’s staff members have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a staff council)?:
No

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:

Evergreen's governance practices require staff, student, and faculty participation in committees and task forces.

Be it Resolved: The Board of Trustees values regular communication with the College's constituents. To promote this communication the Board of Trustees will invite Community Representatives from four constituent groups to sit with the Board during regular open public meetings: an alumni representative, to be chosen by the Alumni Association; a faculty representative, to be chosen by the Faculty Agenda Committee, a staff representative to be chosen by the staff through a process determined by the President; and a student representative to be chosen by the student government. Community Representatives will serve one-year terms, from Fall Quarter through Spring Quarter, and may be re-appointed.

https://www.evergreen.edu/policy/communityrepresentativestotheboardoftrusteesresolution200710


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:

The AGENDA COMMITTEE will play a central role in faculty governance. The chair of the faculty will also be chair of the agenda committee. The agenda committee is a representative body. Membership is elected from the faculty on at-large basis.
The agenda committee will consist of eight elected members, plus the chair of the faculty and the faculty representative to the board of trustees.
Terms of the elected members will be two years, and at least four new members will be nominated and elected annually in the late spring. The chair will also be elected annually in late spring. It will be the normal expectation that the previous year's chair will serve as the faculty representative to the Board of Trustees

https://www.evergreen.edu/policy/academicorganization


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 No
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):
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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