Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 47.76
Liaison Sarah Temple
Submission Date March 1, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Louisiana State University
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 3.00 Sarah Temple
Manager
Campus 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:

An elected student representative from LSU serves on the Board of Supervisors.

The Executive Branch collectively works to complete projects and initiatives for students to encourage wellness, diversity, academic success, sustainability and extracurricular involvement. The President and Vice President also act as representatives for the Student Body on several committees and panels for the University and the state of Louisiana. The Executive Branch is defined by a Charter that must be approved by the Senate.
-Housing the Student Senate, the Legislative Branch is composed of Student Senators who represent each of LSU's senior colleges, an elected Speaker and Speaker pro tempore, and Legislative Staff appointed by the Speaker.


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 Senate Past-President serves as the Chair of the Council of Staff Advisors
-Promote and protect the welfare of the LSU staff to the extent that the Staff Senate policies are consonant with State Civil Service regulations, Bylaws and Regulations of the Board of Supervisors, University Policy Statements (PS), and System Permanent Memorandum (PM), while not impinging on the academic life of the University.

They are always invited to the Board of Supervisors meeting, but do not hold a seat.


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? :
No

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 LSU Faculty Senate aims to guide the many missions of the university.


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?:
Yes

A copy of the written policies and procedures:
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The policies and procedures:

LSU is in the process of creating official procedures to identify and engage external stakeholders in land use planning, capital investment projects, and other institutional decisions that affect the community, as this is already being done by the Planning, Design & Construction unit before planning efforts take place. Prior to creating and sending the new Comprehensive and Strategic Campus Master Plan, a guide to the physical development of the campus for the next decade and beyond, to the Board of Supervisors for approval in October 2017, more than 100 internal and external stakeholder meetings with students, faculty, staff, local and state government, neighborhood associations, area business owners, and the public were held to gather information and ideas, test ideas, and receive feedback on the plans. Before plans for the Nicholson Gateway Development, which includes residential life facilities and retail space that was developed through a public-private partnership, was sent for formal approval, multiple meetings were held with internal and external stakeholder, to address concerns and get feedback on construction of the facilities. Although LSU engages external stakeholders for any project that affects the surrounding community, the university is choosing to move forward with plans to formalize this process.


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 Yes
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):

Although none of these groups have seats on the institution’s governing body, the Board of Supervisors, local government and private sector architects and engineers, do participate on the Architectural Selection Board and Engineering Selection Board, which review architectural and engineering plans for university projects.
The group members of these three stakeholder groups, as well as the public, can also attend Facilities Design & Development Committee meetings (Policy Statement 23), in which campus project plans are presented, reviewed and approved before proceeding forward.


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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