Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.63
Liaison Dwayne Doornbosch
Submission Date June 24, 2021

STARS v2.2

Langara College
PA-3: Inclusive and Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.25 / 3.00 Dwayne Doornbosch
Director Facilities
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Does the institution have formal participatory or shared governance bodies through which the following stakeholders can regularly participate in the governance of the institution?:
Yes or No
Students Yes
Academic staff Yes
Non-academic staff Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal participatory or shared governance bodies:
Langara has several formal participatory and shared governance bodies, each described below.

1) The Langara College Board of Governors is the College's highest governing body, and is the main body responsible for overseeing the strategic direction and management of the College and to ensure it carries out its mission. The Board includes student elected representatives, academic staff elected representatives, and non-academic staff elected representatives as members of the board.

2) The Education Council is responsible for approving curriculum content for courses and programs leading to certificates, diplomas, or degrees, and for policies concerning student evaluation, withdrawal, academic standing, appeals, grading, awards for excellence and other academic matters. The Council includes 20 voting members, 10 of which are faculty members, 2 are support staff, 4 are students, and 4 are educational administrators. It also includes 6 non-voting members/attendees.

3) The Langara Council is a forum for discussion and open consultation between the President and representatives of the College community. Members of the Langara Council consists mainly of academic staff and non-academics staff. Langara Council advise the President and recommend policy related to the following:
- College management/operations;
- facilities;
- finances;
- strategic planning;
- internal and external communications;
- organizational structure;
- implementation of policies;
- student, instructional support and College services;
- plus all items related to College functions not specified by legislation as the mandate of Education Council.

4) Specific to students, the Langara Student Union is an organization composed of all registered students at Langara College. Membership in the Union begins at registration upon the payment of membership fees. Membership ceases at the end of the semester following the student’s last semester of studies. On campus, the primary function of the Students’ Union is the protection and advocacy of the rights and interests of its members. The LSU Association functions through its Council, Advisors, and Board of Directors. These positions are held by students who are elected by the General Membership to one year terms of office.

Fore more information on the above governance bodies:
- College Board of Governors: https://langara.ca/about-langara/college-board/index.html
- Education Council: https://langara.ca/about-langara/education-council/index.html
- Langara Council: https://langara.ca/about-langara/office-of-the-president/langara-council/index.html
- Langara Student Union: https://langara.ca/student-services/students-union/index.html

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Does the institution host or support one or more formal bodies through which external stakeholders have a regular voice in institutional decisions that affect them?:

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Regarding Community Engagement
As part of the Langara Master Plan process, a community stakeholder committee was formed and several meetings were convened with the community in 2019 to discuss the future of the campus and to gather input on how the college should grow and change to best support the community. Future meetings will be held with the stakeholder committee during the implementation stages of the Master Plan, but due to the nature of Master Plan implementation in terms of timing and phasing, these meetings do not have a set time or regularity in terms of meeting frequency. For that reason, we have not included it in Part 4.

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