Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.12
Liaison Deborah Steinberg
Submission Date March 1, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Knox College
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 3.00 Deborah Steinberg
Director of Campus Sustainability Initiatives
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:

The Knox College Student Senate is itself a governance body, and serves roles in many decision making activities on campus. Student representatives, elected by their peers, include the president, VP, secretary, and treasurer, committee chairs and representatives for each student year. Student Senate serves as: a) an open forum to debate a variety of campus issues; b) a platform to make suggestions for improvement on issues and long-standing policy; c) a place for students to ask for budget approvals for their clubs or for events they would like to bring to campus; and d) a means to make the Knox campus more dependent on student thought, opinion, and actions.

Senate representatives each sit on topical subcommittees. They are also appointed to serve as voting members on each faculty committee. In addition, Senate representatives serve as full-voting members on the 6 standing committees of the Board of Trustees.


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:

The Knox College Staff Council exists as a positive collective voice to foster a spirit of unity by encouraging the exchange of ideas among college staff in keeping with the mission of Knox College. The Staff Council shall serve as an advisory body which conveys information and makes recommendations to the President regarding interests and concerns of the college Staff.


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:

Faculty members are expected to serve on faculty committees as part of their governance responsibilities. The standing committees of the Faculty are:

Elected committees -1. Executive (including the Faculty Affairs Subcommittee); 2. Faculty Personnel; and 3. Committee on Budget and Financial Priorities.

Appointed committees: 1. Admission, Retention & Placement, 2. Instructional Support, 3. Curriculum, 4. Academic Standing, 5. Athletics, 6. Cultural Events, 7. Student Life, 8. Campus Environment, 9. Campus Diversity, 10. Broadcast, Internet and Publication, 11. Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects Research, and 12. Committee on Faculty Resources

Faculty representatives, selected by faculty members, serve as full-voting members on the 6 standing committees of the Board of Trustees.


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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