Overall Rating Expired
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Liaison Amy Butler
Submission Date Feb. 11, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Michigan State University
PA-3: Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Lisa Desprez
Administrative Assistant
IPF Strategic Initiatives
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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:

The Associated Students of Michigan State University (ASMSU) is the undergraduate Student Government of Michigan State.. See http://asmsu.msu.edu/general-assembly/how-to-become-a-rep/.

The Council of Graduate Students is an authorized student government on campus representing our graduate/professional students at various levels across Michigan State University. See http://cogs.msu.edu/representatives.html


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 currently 40 students that serve on over 11 different committees relating to Academic Governance at MSU. They are elected representatives to ASMSU general assembly that are later appointed to each governing committee.

Students interested in serving on the General Assembly first submit a candidacy application to ASMSU (the undergraduate student government) in which they explain their interest for running and their goals as a potential representative on the assembly. Students are then approved to run in the student-body wide election (held each Spring). Students from each individual college on campus vote for their college's representatives. Each of the CORES/COPS groups and Greek councils have seats on the assembly. These students are then appointed to serve on the university academic governance councils. Further, there are student liaisons to the Board of Trustees; the Student Body President, RHA President, the Graduate student government president, and one at-large student are seated on the board. They have a voice but no vote.


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

A brief description of the formal student role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:

Students on University Academic Governance are given voice and voting privileges once appointed to the committee by ASMSU. Each committee has a varying number of student seats ranging from one to six depending on the committee. 1/3 of all voting seats on the University council are students (roughly 40).

There are some committees that advise on these types of topics but the decisions are made by the university and often don't go through committee.


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:

All staff employees at MSU can belong to a union. There are ten different unions total on campus, and if you choose to be a union member you can vote to elect your union representatives and also can run to be a representative.
For more information: http://www.hr.msu.edu/documents/contracts.htm


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:

No on on the Board of Trustees is allowed to be a paid MSU employee.


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:

All main units on campus handle their own strategic planning, policy and program creation, budgeting, communications, etc., within the overall guidelines set by the University. Many units have committees for these areas and non-supervisory staff may be a part of those committees. Non-supervisory staff may also just play a role in any of these areas. Examples:

Residential and Hospitality Services - http://rhs.msu.edu/about
IT Services - https://tech.msu.edu/itservices/
Infrastructure Planning and Facilities - http://ipf.msu.edu/about/index.html


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:

Along with other administrative offices, the Office of Academic Governance provides staff support to the the Steering Committee, University Council, Faculty Senate, and the University-Level Standing Committees. The office conducts and oversees elections for faculty vacancies on Standing Committees, Advisory Consultative Committees, At-Large Faculty Members of the Steering Committee and Other Boards and Committees. See http://acadgov.msu.edu/.


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?:
No

A brief description of faculty representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:

There is a faculty liaison group to the Board of Trustees: http://acadgov.msu.edu/faculty-liaison-group-board-trustees-membership.


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:

Each academic department has a chair person or director. "A department chairperson or school director serves as the chief representative of his or her department or school within the University. He or she is responsible for the unit’s educational, research, and outreach programs, budgetary matters, academic facilities, and personnel matters,
taking into account the advisory procedures of the unit. The chairperson or director has a special obligation to build a department or school strong in scholarship, teaching capacity, and outreach."


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

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