Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 33.44
Liaison Sarah Murray
Submission Date April 6, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Metropolitan Community College
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 3.00 Sally Hopley
Coordinator of Sustainable Practices
Campus Planning and 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:

Each Campus and Center annually will elect a Campus Student Representative to serve for a one-year term on the College Student Advisory Council. The nomination and election process shall be in accordance with procedures prepared by the College’s Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, approved by the Board of Governors.

MCC has a board policy that guides or ex officio student representation on the Board of Governors. It states:
There shall be a Student Ex Officio Member of the Board of Governors, who shall be elected annually for a one-year term from among the members of the College Student Advisory Council. Each Campus and Center annually will elect a Campus Student Representative to serve for a one-year term on the College Student Advisory Council. The nomination and election process shall be in accordance with procedures prepared by the College’s Associate Vice President of Human Resources, approved by the Board of Governors, and found in Procedure Memorandum I-1. The Student Ex Officio Member may request to attend up to one conference per year at College expense, if the conference is appropriate to the operation, governance, administration or other interests or purposes of the College, and shall be allowed to do so if the request is approved by the Chair of the Board.


Do the institution’s staff members have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a staff council)?:
No

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:

While MCC does not have a formal mechanism for governance or change, we believe that the lines of communication within departments and reporting relationships, voices of the staff are heard and honored.


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:

The Faculty Ex Officio position was created by the MCC Board of Governors to enhance communication at the college. Serving as a non-voting faculty representative on the MCC Board of Governors, this individual provides updates at the monthly board meetings regarding faculty interests and issues.
The Faculty Ex Officio is an elected position with a two-year term of office ending November 30 in even-numbered years. To be eligible, a faculty member must hold a full-time faculty position and be willing to commit to a two-year term of office.


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:

Although we do not have written policies, MCC does try to engage the public when we are considering any project that would impact the community in appearance, sense of place, views, etc. These are not "official" procedures, but we do make all attempts to be good neighbors and engage in two-way conversations for any project that may have real or perceived negative impacts on the surrounding community.


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):

Our Board of Governors is a publicly elected position and is open to any person that resides in our four county area. Board members can represent local government, private sector organizations, and civil society.


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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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