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Liaison Suzanne Hansen
Submission Date July 18, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Macalester College
PA-3: Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Ann Minnick
Director of Academic Programs
Academic Programs and Advising
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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:

Students can run as class representatives or for executive positions in MCSG (Macalester College Student Government). Furthermore, all MCSG members are appointed to different subcommittees. MCSG appoints student members to faculty, standing, and trustee committees.


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:

There are elections for student representatives to Macalester'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 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 student role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:

Student representatives sit on all major campus committees and are involved in decisions for construction and renovation.
Students are in the following committees: Strategic Planning Committee, Academic Affairs Committee, Financial Affairs Committee, Program Board, Student Organizations Committee, Student Services and Relations Committee, Campus Committee, and Student Liasons to the Board of Trustees.
Information on all of the MCSG committees and roles can be found on this website: http://www.macalester.edu/mcsg/committeesboards/


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:

The Staff Advisory Council solicits nominations for staff committee appointments.


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:

Representative bodies exist to formally give input and make recommendations to Senior Management regarding the above categories.
Campus committees include the advancement committee, benefits advisory committee, entertainment committee, honorary degree committee, infrastructure committee, library and media services advisory committee, resource and planning committee, safe workplace committee, social responsibility committee, staff advisory council, staff outstanding service award committee, student employment advisory committee, sustainability advisory committee, and wellness and health at Macalester.
Information on all of the staff committees and roles can be found on this website: http://www.macalester.edu/committees/sac/committees/


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:

All full-time faculty, whether contingent or tenure-track, are eligible to run for committees.


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 members of all standing committees (of which EPAG, our governing body, is one) are elected from the voting members of the faculty who are full-time employees of the College. The committees that have student members shall have the student members elected according to rules developed by the Student Government. In conducting these elections, the Student Government should take into consideration the need for representation on faculty committees of the various subject matter fields taught at the College. The staff members that serve on the Resource and Planning Committee shall be elected according to the rules developed by the Staff Advisory Council.

In all cases for which members of the faculty are to be chosen by election, nomination shall be by means of a slate drawn up by the Faculty Personnel Committee, to which names may be added by floor nomination. The Faculty Personnel Committee shall announce the slate to be placed in nomination when the agenda for the faculty meeting in which nominations are to take place is circulated to the faculty. This is to allow members of the faculty to submit further nominations from the floor. The slate will consist of at least as many candidates as there are positions to be filled, though the normal practice will be to present more nominees than there are vacancies.

After the floor has been closed to new nominations, the Presiding Officer may ask for a vote (by voice or paper ballot) for any positions for which there are the same number of candidates as openings. Any person nominated during the meeting for such a position either must be present or must communicate to the Presiding Officer

For the Educational Policy and Governance Committee divisional representation will be ensured as follows. The candidate within each division who receives the largest number of votes from the faculty as a whole will be elected to the appropriate divisional slot. Once these divisional slots have been filled, the at-large slots will be filled as noted above.


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 No
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 committees include the affirmative action committee, the educational policy and governance committee, the faculty personnel committee, the honorary degree committee, the library and media services advisory committee, and the resources and planning committee.
Information on all of the faculty committees and roles can be found on this website: http://www.macalester.edu/provost/committees/


The website URL where information about the institution’s governance structure is available:
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