Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 40.09
Liaison Allison Jenks
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

New Mexico State University
PA-3: Inclusive and Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 3.00 Allison Jenks
Facilities Sustainability Manager
Facilities and Services
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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:

ASNMSU (https://asnmsu.nmsu.edu/)
ASNMSU is the elected government of the student body of New Mexico State University representing the students on city, university, state and federal levels. All students are encouraged to participate in ASNMSU sponsored events, as well as to get involved with inner workings of student government as an elected or appointed official. ASNMSU is committed to serving the student body of NMSU. ASNMSU endeavors to enhance the college experience by providing valuable programs, events, and services to the students of New Mexico State University. As a governing body, it is ASNMSU's duty to use decorum in all situations involving our constituents and the image of the university community. In future years, ASNMSU seeks to continually grow with the university. This is attainable through ever progressive technology, resources, and leadership. ASNMSU is committed to serving current students, as well as positioning ourselves to sustain future administrations. Above all, ASNMSU will represent the interests of the student body at all times.

NMSU Faculty Senate (https://facultysenate.nmsu.edu/)
The Faculty Senate is the voice of the NMSU Faculty and plays a critical role in the shared governance of the institution. As established in NMSU Policy, the Faculty Senate has legislative jurisdiction over policies affecting the university’s academic mission. The Faculty Senate has 60 elected senators who represent Faculty from the Colleges on the main campus, the NMSU Library, the Agricultural Experiment Station, the Cooperative Extension Service, and College Faculty. Senators are elected for three-year terms and may serve for two consecutive terms. The Senate is led by the Chair and Vice-Chair, who both serve on a variety of University committees and councils, which are also policy making bodies. The Chair and Vice-Chair are advised by the Senate Leadership Committee which is comprised of the senior senators from each electing group. All senators participate in one of four standing committees. These are charged with reviewing, modifying, and recommending legislation for action by the full senate. The senate meets a minimum of once a month to fulfill its obligations in a timely manner.

Employee Council (https://empcouncil.nmsu.edu/)
The Employee Council is an advisory body to the Chancellor and the President for all matters affecting NMSU employees and works closely with the university administration to promote and support the mission and vision of NMSU. Members participate in more than 18 standing committees focused on the administration of university policies, initiatives and incentives. Serving on the Employee Council is an excellent way to learn more about NMSU and how it operates, and become more involved in initiatives that benefit employees at NMSU. The Council is led by a Chair and Chair Elect who also serve on university executive-level administrative and policy making councils and boards.


Total number of individuals on the institution’s highest governing body:
5

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:
3

Percentage of official members of the highest governing body that are women:
60

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?:
Yes

A brief description of the campus-community council or equivalent body that gives external stakeholders a regular voice in institutional decisions that affect them:

NMSU Board of Regents, State Higher Education Department, and the State Board of Finance are all non-state employees (community members) that serve on boards as the University governing bodies are all open for community input during open comment.


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:
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