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Liaison Lindsay Batchelor
Submission Date Jan. 5, 2016
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North Carolina State University
PA-3: Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Tracy Dixon
Sustainability Director
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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:

Student Government was founded in 1921 as a student-run organization that serves as the official voice of the student body. They attempt to better the student experience at NC State by functioning as a governing body and advocacy group. Involved in policy-making, adjudication, programming, lobbying, community services, and countless other activities, students work alongside administrators to address student concerns. Student Government operates with a three-branch divided powers system.

Legislative Authority rests with the Student Senate, a 64-member body that adopts formal stances on issues of concern, allocates the Student Government budget, investigates complex matters, and oversees operation of the other branches. Executive authority is granted to the Student Body President and his or her branch of departments, agencies, and boards. The Executive Branch does everything from advocating policies adopted by the Senate to programming and conducting studies. The third branch of Student Government is the Judicial Branch, which adjudicates alleged violations of the Code of Student Conduct, including academic integrity violations.

Mission
Founded and funded by students, the NC State University Student Government encourages students to express their concerns and ideas, promotes an environment of open discourse and academic excellence, and proactively represents the student voice to the University administration and Board of Trustees through ethical and accountable public services.


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:

Student representation on the University Council includes: the student body president, the student senate president and the graduate student association president. Students vote and elect individuals to serve each of these roles.


Do students 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 student role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:

The Graduate Student Association President and Student Body President serve on the University Council. The University Council, which is advisory in nature, is the principal university body composed of campus leadership. The Student Body President serves on the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees promotes the sound development of its institution within the functions prescribed for it, helping it to serve the people of the state in a way that will complement the activities of the other institutions and aiding it to perform at a high level of excellence in every area of endeavor. Each board of trustees shall serve as an advisor to the Board of Governors on matters pertaining to its institution and shall also serve as advisor to the Chancellor concerning the management and development of the institution.
https://www.ncsu.edu/about/university-leadership/#university-council


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:

The Staff Senate is an advisory body to the University Chancellor. In fulfilling this role, the Senate:

- initiates the review of policies and/or procedures and make recommendations regarding interest/concerns that affect staff members
- receives proposed policies or policy changes from the chancellor for review and recommendations
- assists in the communication of issues and activities affecting staff members; promotes and facilitates staff participation in the university community
- encourages a sense of community among all university employees.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of non-supervisory staff representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:

Any staff member can be elected by peers to serve on the Staff Senate. The Staff Senate president and president-elect serve on the University Council.


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:

The Staff Senate Chair and Chair-elect serve on the University Council. The University Council, which is advisory in nature, is the principal university body composed of campus leadership.
https://www.ncsu.edu/about/university-leadership/#university-council


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:

The Faculty Senate is a body of representatives from each college, school and other constituency of the University. Each faculty senator serves as a liaison between the governing body of the faculty and the faculty of the constituency that the senator represents. Senators report regularly to their constituencies on the deliberations of the Senate, meet as a delegation with the dean or other appropriate administrator of their constituency, bring issues of concern from their constituencies to the Senate for consideration, and act as facilitators of faculty participation in the governance of the University.


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?:
Yes

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

The Chair of the Faculty and the Secretary of the Faculty serve on the University Council. The University Council, which is advisory in nature, is the principal university body composed of campus leadership.
https://www.ncsu.edu/about/university-leadership/#university-council


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:

The Chair of Faculty and Secretary of Faculty also serve on the University Council. The University Council, which is advisory in nature, is the principal university body composed of campus leadership.
https://www.ncsu.edu/about/university-leadership/#university-council


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

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