Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.48
Liaison Nico Strabac
Submission Date Jan. 22, 2019
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Mohawk College
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 3.00 Nicolai Strabac
Sustainable Programs and Services Coordinator
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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:

The Mohawk Students' Association (MSA) has an elected student government, the Board of Directors. The MSA Board of Directors works throughout the year to represent the over 30,000 full-time, part-time, continuing education, and apprenticeship students of Mohawk College on a federal, provincial, and community level. The Board holds seats on many committees to ensure the student voice is heard. The Mohawk Students’ Association is governed by an elected group of students who comprise the Board of Directors. These student leaders provide direction for the organization and represent the student voice at Mohawk College.Each year, an election is held to fill these positions. Full-time students are eligible to run for available positions on the Board of Directors, and all students are eligible to vote in the election. The candidate nomination period takes place in January of each year, followed by the voting period in February.

https://www.mohawkstudents.ca/the-board-of-directors

Students are represented on the Mohawk Colleges Board of Governors. The Mohawk College's Board of Governors includes "Internal Governors" being: one student, one academic staff member, one support staff member, and one administrative staff member. New internal Governors and Student Governors are elected according to procedures outlined in Appendix 1 to ByLaw No. 1, Schedules “A” and “B” respectively. the bylaw can be viewed here: http://www.mohawkcollege.ca/Assets/BoardOfGovernors/policies/ByLaw+No.+1.pdf


Do the institution’s staff members have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a staff council)?:
Yes

Do the institution’s non-supervisory staff members have an elected representative on the institution’s highest governing body?:
Yes

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which staff are engaged in governance, including information to support each affirmative response above:

Mohawk College's Senior Leadership Team and a Mohawk Executive Group that participate in governance across the College and make all the executive decisions on budgets, projects and strategic mandates.

Mohawk President's Advisory Council - The PAC is governed by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skilled Development's Binding Policy Directive - Governance and Accountability Framework. The PAC provides a forum for students, faculty, and staff to advise the president from a range of perspectives. The mandate is to represent the college community in providing timely advice to the President on issues that are of College-wide significance. The Council advises the President on policies and practices that are related to the College's strategic priorities as determined by the Board and the Mohawk Executive Ground and Senior Leadership Team. The Council represents the entire College community and includes representatives from faculty, administrative staff, support staff and students and promotes communication and consultation within the College. Activities of the Council will be reported on in the College’s Annual Report. Up to 10 Staff can participate and sit on the council. Up to 8 faculty members can sit on and participate in the council. Administrative staff are appointed and the rest of the staff are elected.

Mohawk College faculty can participate through their local union: OPSEU Local 240 and the Local 240 Political Action Committee. This union represents faculty, librarians and counselors at Mohawk College. The union protects the rights of members and established a collegiate relationship with Mohawk College.

Non-supervisory staff are represented on the Mohawk College's Board of Govenors.

Yes - The Mohawk College's Board of Governors includes "Internal Governors" being: one student, one academic staff member, one support staff member, one administrative staff member. New internal Governors and Student Governors are elected according to procedures outlined in Appendix 1 to ByLaw No. 1, Schedules “A” and “B” respectively. the By law can be viewed here: https://www.mohawkcollege.ca/about-mohawk/leadership-and-administration/board-of-governors/policies-and-by-laws


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:

Faculty are represented on the Mohawk College Board of Governors. Currently, Kamala Kruse and Wendy Lawson are faculty members that sit on the Board of Govenors. They were both elected by the faculty to serve and internal governor. https://www.mohawkcollege.ca/about-mohawk/leadership-and-administration/board-of-governors

Mohawk President's Advisory Council - The PAC is governed by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skilled Development's Binding Policy Directive - Governance and Accountability Framework. The PAC provides a forum for students, faculty, and staff to advise the president from a range of perspectives. The mandate is to represent the college community in providing timely advice to the President on issues that are of College-wide significance. The Council advises the President on policies and practices that are related to the College's strategic priorities as determined by the Board and the Mohawk Executive Ground and Senior Leadership Team. The Council represents the entire College community and includes representatives from faculty, administrative staff, support staff and students and promotes communication and consultation within the College. Activities of the Council will be reported on in the College’s Annual Report. Up to 10 Staff can participate and sit on the council. Up to 8 faculty members can sit on and participate in the council. All faculty are elected representatives.

Mohawk College faculty can participate through their local union: OPSEU Local 240 and the Local 240 Political Action Committee. This union represents faculty, librarians and counselors at Mohawk College. The union protects the rights of members and established a collegiate relationship with Mohawk College.

Mohawk College has an Academic Plan Steering Committee and Task Force that created a plan to describe academic priorities and inform key future decisions such as program development, human resources requirements and technology needs.


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:

An interactive, collaborative, inclusive, and transparent engagement process is key to a successful Master Plan. Throughout the project, we will be meeting with various stakeholders, including the Campus Master Plan Steering Committee, Mohawk Executive Group, Senior Leadership Team, Board of Governors, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the broader community. Through various engagement sessions and events, we will establish a vision, guiding principles, and goals for the future of Mohawk College. This will become the framework for the Campus Master Plan. Please check the link --> https://www.mohawkcollege.ca/campus-master-plan/how-to-get-involved

ByLaw No.1. Section 6.04 Meetings to be Public, meetings of the Board shall be open to the public and no person shall be excluded from such a meeting except for improper conduct as determine and expressed by resolution of the board.


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 No
Private sector organizations Yes
Civil society (e.g. NGOs, NPOs) No

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):

Mohawk Board of Govenors is made up of 19 members: 14 external govenors and 5 internal govenors. In accordance to ByLaw No.1. Section 6.04 Meetings to be Public, meetings of the Board shall be open to the public and no person shall be excluded from such a meeting except for improper conduct as determine and expressed by resolution of the board.

Mohawk College's Board of Govenors is comprised of representatives from the community around Greater Toronto and Hamilton area. This includes representatives from the private sector such as Purchasing Consultants International, TELUS, ArcelorMittal Dofasco; the government or public sector such as the Ontario Energy Board and Hamilton Health Sciences; civil society such as Mohawk Nation of the Six Nations of the Grand River and Philanthropic Services for Hamilton Community Foundation. For more information please visit: https://www.mohawkcollege.ca/about-mohawk/leadership-and-administration/board-of-governors.

Mohawk College has an Entrepreneurial Activities & Subsidiaries policy which mandates the President "Engage in ongoing consultation with the industry in question when a commercial activity is in competition with the Private sector, to ensure ongoing support from industry partners"


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