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Liaison Kathleen Crawford
Submission Date July 28, 2014
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Florida Gulf Coast University
PA-3: Governance

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Do all enrolled students, regardless of type or status, have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies (through direct participation or the election of representatives)?:
Yes

A brief description of the mechanisms through which students have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies:

Student government elections are held every spring semester. FGCU's student government is divided into three branches:

Executive - The Executive Branch exists to facilitate the day-to-day functions of Student Government and ensure adherence to the Student Body Constitution. This consists of the Student Body President, Student Body Vice President, Student Body Treasurer, Chief of Staff and the Executive Cabinet who operate to complete the initiatives of the Executive Branch.

Legislative - The Legislative Branch is a voting body of students that is elected or appointed to appropriate the Activity and Service Fees (A&S) granted to Student Government by the general student body in fees assessed each semester. The Student Senate passes bills into law by way of voting in open meetings to the public held every week to conduct business. The Senate also serves as a forum for ideas and a voice for student opinions and concerns. Led by the Senate Executive Committee, the Senate is the representative voice of the students, for the students.

Judicial - The Student Body Supreme Court is the official judicial branch for Student Government here at Florida Gulf Coast University. The Supreme Court acts independently of the Executive and Legislative branches and ensures the necessary checks and balances are in place within Student Government. The Supreme Court’s primary role is to maintain the integrity of the Student Government Constitution at Florida Gulf Coast University, and to make sure all members and branches of Student Government act within their powers allotted to them by the constitution.The Supreme Court is comprised of a Chief Justice and four (4) Associate Justices. Each Justice is appointed by the Student Body President and approved by the Senate. Once appointed, a justice shall serve until their respective graduation date, if he or she desires to do so.


Is there at least one student representative on the institution’s governing body who was elected by peers or appointed by a representative student body or organization?:
Yes

A brief description of student representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:

The elected Student Body President is on FGCU's board of trustees.


Do students have a formal role in decision-making in regard to the following?:
Yes or No
Establishing organizational mission, vision, and/or goals ---
Establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives ---
Strategic and long-term planning ---
Existing or prospective physical resources ---
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning ---
Communications processes and transparency practices ---
Prioritization of programs and projects ---

A brief description of the formal student role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:
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Do all staff, regardless of type or status, have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies (through direct participation or the election of representatives)?:
Yes

A brief description of the mechanisms through which all staff have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies:

Mission

The mission of the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is to facilitate effective communication between the Staff, the President and the Administration. As a proactive partner in the University’s Shared Governance processes, SAC will provide a forum that will directly address the issues and concerns of the Staff at Florida Gulf Coast University, and strive to ensure a campus climate that reflects a strong, enthusiastic and positive quality work life.

History

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) was created in the year 2000 by President William Merwin as a way to promote open and effective communication with staff members and the University leadership to support the vital role of staff in the decision making processes at the University. Upon its inception, SAC consisted of fourteen (14) members. As the University continued to grow, the Staff Advisory Council expanded its membership to include additional representatives. In 2004, two members were added for a total of sixteen (16) and the most recent change occurred in 2009 when SAC was expanded to include twenty-four (24) members.

Membership

SAC currently consists of twenty-four (24) elected councilmembers and represents approximately 675 staff. SAC membership includes twelve (12) Support Personnel (SP) employees and twelve (12) Administrative and Professional (A&P) employees who each serve a two-year, staggered term. Elections are held on an annual basis in the spring of each year and all newly-elected members begin their terms on June 1st. Exceptions include members who are appointed to fill vacant positions.

SAC member seats are allocated to provide for representation in each University Division. A Division is defined for representation purposes as follows:

President's Office, Advancement, Athletics
Administrative Services & Finance
Academic Affairs – Non-College
Academic Affairs – College
Student Affairs
At Large
Communication with Administration

The Vice President for Student Affairs serves as the Staff Advisory Council’s liaison to the President’s Cabinet and shares SAC’s recommendations and ideas with its members. SAC recommendations come from motions and resolutions adopted at SAC meetings and from the regular meetings held between the SAC president and the SAC liaison.

Communication with Staff

Staff Advisory Council representatives meet on a monthly basis to discuss issues and concerns which impact staff. In addition, SAC communicates with the staff by providing important information and updates on its website, including overviews of SAC committee meetings and re-caps of the SAC president’s meetings with the liaison; sending all-campus email messages to staff and faculty; posting important updates on its social media page; and by utilizing an established communication tree.

http://www.fgcu.edu/SAC/AboutSac.html


Is there at least one non-supervisory staff representative on the institution’s governing body who was elected by peers or appointed by a representative staff body or organization?:
Yes

A brief description of non-supervisory staff representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:

Shared Governance

SAC participates in Shared Governance through active representation on the Planning and Budget Council (PBC) and the PBC subcommittees. SAC also has the opportunity to make a five minute presentation at each FGCU Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting describing to trustees and members of administration SAC concerns and initiatives.

http://www.fgcu.edu/SAC/AboutSac.html


Do non-supervisory staff have a formal role in decision-making in regard to the following? :
Yes or No
Establishing organizational mission, vision, and/or goals ---
Establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives ---
Strategic and long-term planning ---
Existing or prospective physical resources ---
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning ---
Communications processes and transparency practices ---
Prioritization of programs and projects ---

A brief description of the formal staff role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:
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Do all faculty, regardless of type or status, have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies (through direct participation or the election of representatives)?:
Yes

A brief description of the mechanisms through which all faculty (including adjunct faculty) have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies:

Faculty Senate:

The purpose of faculty governance at Florida Gulf Coast University is to safeguard academic quality, promote effective and open communication, insist upon academic integrity, emphasize rights and shared responsibilities of students, staff, community, faculty, and administration, and sustain a dynamic learning environment. This mission is accomplished through a system of collegial faculty self-governance ensuring that the rights of faculty are supported and faculty responsibilities in fulfilling the mission of the university are properly executed.


Is there at least one teaching or research faculty representative on the institution’s governing body who was elected by peers or appointed by a representative faculty body or organization?:
Yes

A brief description of faculty representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:

Faculty Senate President is on FGCU's Board of Trustees


Do faculty have a formal role in decision-making in regard to the following?:
Yes or No
Establishing organizational mission, vision, and/or goals ---
Establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives ---
Strategic and long-term planning ---
Existing or prospective physical resources ---
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning ---
Communications processes and transparency practices ---
Prioritization of programs and projects ---

A brief description of the formal faculty role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:
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The website URL where information about the institution’s governance structure is available:
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