Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 47.51
Liaison Chris Frantsvog
Submission Date May 1, 2014
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Luther College
PA-3: Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Karen Martin-Schramm
Executive Assistant to the President
Office of the President
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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:
1. Student Senate is Luther College's student government organization. Senate consists of 27 student representatives elected each spring, with the addition of 3 first-year representatives elected in the fall. http://www.luther.edu/student-senate/

2. Three of these student senators also serve as student representatives to the Luther College Board of Regents.

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:
30 students are elected to Student Senate. In the spring, Senate holds elections for three student representative positions on the Luther College Board of Regents. Any senator, regardless of position, can run to be elected for a Board of Regents position. A student can be nominated by another senator or nominate him/herself.

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

A brief description of the formal student role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:
Students who serve on the Board of Regents are assigned to one of three committees: Student Learning and Campus Life; Outreach and Gifts; and Finances and Enrollment. They are therefore engaged in conversations and in formulating resolutions regarding college policies, programs, and planning. At the Board of Regents' formal business meeting, a student gives a report on college happenings from a student's perspective. (Please note, however, that at the formal business meeting, students have voice but not a vote.)
In addition to serving on the Board of Regents, student representatives have served on every college-wide strategic planning task force Luther College has established. The last planning process was launched in 2007. We are scheduled to launch our next major planning in the 2014-15 academic year under the leadership of a newly hired president.

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:
1) The College Resource Council allows staff and faculty to serve in an advisory role to the administration and Regents in matters of long-range planning, resource allocation, and in the planning of the budget. All exempt and non-exempt staff are asked to nominate staff who have budget center responsibility to two seats on the Council. They are appointed by the administration. An additional staff member is appointed —nominated by the faculty and staff—who holds a position at the college with expertise directly related to diversity.
2) In terms of the Board of Regents, the college's vice presidents and the executive assistant to the president are actively involved in all Regent meetings and activities. They have a voice but no vote.

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?:
No

A brief description of non-supervisory staff representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:
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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 Yes
Establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives Yes
Strategic and long-term planning Yes
Existing or prospective physical resources Yes
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning Yes
Communications processes and transparency practices Yes
Prioritization of programs and projects Yes

A brief description of the formal staff role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:
Non-supervisory staff are included in college-wide strategic planning. We have not, however, had a comprehensive planning process in the past 6 years. The next round of planning will be launched in 2014-15 with the arrival of a new president.

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:
1) Three faculty members serve on the Luther College Board of Regents. These representatives to the Board of Regents are the three tenured faculty members
elected by the faculty to serve as the divisional members on the College Resources
Council (staggered three year terms).
2) The College Resource Council allows staff and faculty to serve in an advisory role to the administration and Regents in matters of long-range planning, resource allocation, and in the planning of the budget. Four faculty members serve on the Council. A representative from the Faculty Interests Committee plus three faculty elected to serve as divisional representatives (who are also the representatives to the Board of Regents).
3) Luther College has a strong tradition of faculty governance; our bylaws read: "they shall establish the departments of instruction, decide upon courses of study, determine the requirements for the admission to the college and for graduation, nominate candidates for degrees, establish the rules and regulations for the government of the College, and have the power to suspend or expel students whenever it finds such action necessary for the welfare of the college....The Faculty shall elect or authorize the selection of such committees as may be required for the carrying on of the powers enumerated above." This means Luther has a number of faculty committees, open to all faculty, who carry out many governance duties at the college.

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:
Three faculty members serve on the Luther College Board of Regents. These representatives to the Board of Regents are the three tenured faculty members
elected by the faculty to serve as the divisional members on the College Resources
Council (staggered three year terms). http://www.luther.edu/academics/dean/handbook/

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

A brief description of the formal faculty role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:
Faculty who serve on the Board of Regents are assigned to one of three committees: Student Learning and Campus Life; Outreach and Gifts; and Finances and Enrollment. Another faculty member is an advisor/resource person to the Facilities and Sustainability Committee. These faculty are therefore engaged in conversations and in formulating resolutions regarding college policies, programs, and planning. At the Board of Regents' formal business meeting, a faculty member gives a report faculty matters. (Please note, however, that at the formal business meeting, faculty have voice but not a vote.)

In addition to serving on the Board of Regents, faculty representatives have served on every college-wide strategic planning task force Luther College has established. The last planning process was launched in 2007. We are scheduled to launch our next major planning in the 2014-15 academic year under the leadership of a newly hired president.

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