Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.94
Liaison Elaine Goetz
Submission Date Aug. 11, 2021

STARS v2.2

Ohio University
PA-3: Inclusive and Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.38 / 3.00 Elaine Goetz
Director of Energy Management & Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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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:

The Ohio University Board of Trustees serves the public trust. The members of the Board are charged with the responsibility to be accountable to the institution’s mission and cultural heritage, the transcendent values and principles that guide and shape higher education and the public interest as well as the legitimate and relevant interests of the institution’s various constituencies.

In addition to the Board of Trustees, Ohio University has 5 senates: Faculty, Administrative, Classified, Student, and Graduate Student senates. Each has elected members and conducts regular formal business meetings.


Total number of individuals on the institution’s highest governing body:
13

Number of students representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
2

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

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:
38.46

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:

The Ridges Advisory Committee, established with members representing Ohio University, the City of Athens, and community members, is charged with periodically reviewing the comprehensive land use plans for The Ridges and the university’s progress toward its implementation. Recommendations are then reported to Ohio University's President for review and approval.

Ridges Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public; however, opportunities for questions or comments by the general public will not be available during the meeting unless specifically invited by The Ridges Advisory Committee Chair. Community suggestions and/or feedback may be submitted to planning@ohio.edu.

https://www.ohio.edu/news/2021/03/ridges-advisory-committee-meeting-scheduled-march-31


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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Answer to non-academic staff representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body was provided by Tim Epley (President, Administrative Senate) on 2/12/20. Data about students who participate in the governance of the institution provided by Lydia Ramlo on 3/31/20. Robin Muhammad, Associate Professor; Chair, Arts and Sciences and Chair of Faculty Senate - African-American Studies, also provided data on 5/27/2020. Elaine Goetz, Director of Office of Sustainability, provided Board of Trustees data on 5/31/2020.

Per AASHE review, the Community Engagement Bodies section was edited to include the Ridges Advisory Committee. Information provided by Nick Claussen, Executive Communications Specialist, President's Office, on 10/5/21.

Entered by Sydney Hutchinson on various dates.

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