Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.70
Liaison Tamera Jahnke
Submission Date April 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Missouri State University
PA-3: Inclusive and Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 3.00 Doug Neidigh
Sustainability Coordinator
Environmental Management
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Does the institution have formal participatory or shared governance bodies through which the following stakeholders can regularly participate in the governance of the institution?:
Yes or No
Students Yes
Academic staff Yes
Non-academic staff Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal participatory or shared governance bodies:

MSU has multiple opportunities. This includes Student Government Association, Staff Senate, Faculty Senate, and Board of Governors.
All Missouri State University students can participate in the Student Government Association on campus either through direct participation as an SGA member, or by electing said members. The elected and appointed officials of the SGA will be recognized as the official voice of the student body to represent the students of Missouri State University. In that capacity, the SGA may exercise the right to investigate general problems of student life and activity in the University and to report to officials on the local, state, and national levels on matters of student interest. Also, the office of the president utilizes many committees and task forces. One committee is the Sustainability Advisory Committee, which has several student representatives, including the SGA President.
■ One full-time Missouri State University student serves as a non-voting member on the Board of Governors. The student must be a resident of the state of Missouri and if an undergraduate, must be enrolled in at least twelve (12) semester hours for two semesters per academic year. If the student member is a graduate student, that student must be enrolled in at least nine (9) semester hours for two semesters per academic year. The student governor shall be selected in the manner described by Section 174.055 Mo. Rev. Stat. Such representative shall be entitled to attend all meetings and participate in all deliberations. The student governor shall be permitted to attend closed meetings of the Board, unless excluded in accord with Missouri law.
■ Staff Senate strives to enhance the university purpose of developing educated persons and the university mission in public affairs. They advocate the continuous improvement of a world-class staff committed to the highest standards of personal and professional development, productivity and social responsibility. They promote and foster the welfare and growth of university staff through a fact-finding, deliberative, and consultative body of representatives that makes studies, reports, and recommendations to the administration on behalf of its constituency. Staff Senate members are elected by the entire university staff from the five different job families on campus and serve a term of three years, four if they take an officer position.
■ The Faculty Senate provides a forum for discussing matters of concern to the Faculty and to inform all segments of the academic community of the Faculty Senate's concerns, findings, and actions. The Faculty Senate shall have the power to establish policy in the areas of authority assigned to the faculty in the Bylaws of the Board of Governors and for such other areas or problems as may be assigned to it by the president of the university or the Board of Governors. Shared governance, as delegated by the Board in the Faculty Handbook, recognizes the essential interdependence of governing boards, administration, faculty, staff, and students. This shared governance is indispensable to the development of educated persons. The Faculty Senate shall have the power to establish specific functional bodies to carry out powers granted to the Faculty Senate. The Faculty Senate and its established bodies shall have the power to initiate action in such curricular and non-curricular matters as it deems fit, or in such matters as are brought to its attention by one or more members of the faculty. Every Faculty Senate Action is subject to challenge by the faculty and subject to final approval by the president and, when necessary, by the Board of Governors.


Total number of individuals on the institution’s highest governing body:
9

Number of students representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
1

Number of academic staff representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
0

Number of non-academic staff representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
0

Number of women serving as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
5

Percentage of official members of the highest governing body that are women:
55.56

Website URL where information about the institution’s highest governing body may be found:
Does the institution host or support one or more formal bodies through which external stakeholders have a regular voice in institutional decisions that affect them?:
No

A brief description of the campus-community council or equivalent body that gives external stakeholders a regular voice in institutional decisions that affect them:
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Number of people from underrepresented groups serving as official members of the institution’s highest governing body.:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s governance structure is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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