Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.95
Liaison Jenny McNamara
Submission Date June 30, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Portland State University
PA-3: Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00 Molly Bressers
Program & Outreach Coordinator
Campus Sustainability Office
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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:

ASPSU welcomes all students to be involved and participate in the Senate, Judicial Board and many other committees who serve PSU Students.

ASPSU: Advocate for and represent the interest of students before internal and external bodies;
Facilitate formal needs of communication and interaction between students, student organizations, faculty and University administration;
Identify and develop services not offered by other divisions of the University;
Provide a process for students to fully participate in the allocation of student incidental fees.

This Student Fee Committee is composed of 8 members and is responsible for recommending the allocation of the Student Fee to the ASPSU Student Government and the University President. It is the job of the SFC to allocate money to student funded programs and services that further the cultural and physical development of the students at large.

There are student members on the board of trustees.


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?:
No

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

Before the first regular Board meeting of the calendar year, the Secretary of the Board will poll trustees for comments and recommendations to nominate either current officers for re-election or new officers for election to one-year officer terms to begin July 1.

The Secretary will notify nominees of their nomination, inform them of Board officers’
responsibilities, and confirm nominees’ willingness to serve. The Secretary will report these findings to the Executive and Audit Committee.
At the first regular Board meeting of the calendar year, the Executive and Audit Committee will make recommendations to the Board regarding the election or re-election of Board officers.

Officers are elected by a simple majority of those present at the first Board meeting of the calendar year, a quorum being present. Nominations may be made at the time of election. Election will be by written ballot upon the request of any two (2) trustees present at the election.

The one-year terms of incoming officers will begin on July 1. Officers will continue in office until their successors are elected. No officer will be eligible for election to more than two (2)consecutive full one-year terms in the same office.


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 ---
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:

There is one student on the Board of Trustees, as well as project teams for the President's strategic planning process. All students were invited to participate in a current campus strategic planning process by providing feedback. Students also shape programming, planning, and use of resources through the Student Fee Committee and ASPSU. Students were also able to take part in the Provost's ReThink program which worked to design new academic programs and certifications.


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)?:
No

A brief description of the mechanisms through which all staff have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies:
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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?:
No

A brief description of non-supervisory staff representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:
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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 ---
Establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives ---
Strategic and long-term planning ---
Existing or prospective physical resources ---
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning ---
Communications processes and transparency practices ---
Prioritization of programs and projects ---

A brief description of the formal staff role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:
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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:

Faculty Senate:
The Faculty shall consist of the Chancellor, the President of Portland State University, and all persons who hold State Board appointments with the rank of professor, associate professor, assistant professor, or instructor, and whose full-time equivalent is at least fifty percent teaching, research, or administration at Portland State University. Unranked members of Portland State University who are certified by the Provost to have academic qualifications sufficient to justify appointment at one of the above mentioned ranks, whose primary responsibility is for such fundamental areas as curriculum, subject matter, and methods of instruction, research, faculty status, and those aspects of student life that relate to the education process, and whose full-time equivalent is at least fifty percent teaching, research, or administration at Portland State University shall also be included in the faculty regardless of title. The University Faculty reserves the right to elect to membership any person who is employed full-time by the Oregon University System. From Article II, PSU Faculty Constitution.

http://www.pdx.edu/faculty-senate/home


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:

Before the first regular Board meeting of the calendar year, the Secretary of the Board will poll trustees for comments and recommendations to nominate either current officers for re-election or new officers for election to one-year officer terms to begin July 1.

The Secretary will notify nominees of their nomination, inform them of Board officers’
responsibilities, and confirm nominees’ willingness to serve. The Secretary will report these findings to the Executive and Audit Committee.
At the first regular Board meeting of the calendar year, the Executive and Audit Committee will make recommendations to the Board regarding the election or re-election of Board officers.

Officers are elected by a simple majority of those present at the first Board meeting of the calendar year, a quorum being present. Nominations may be made at the time of election. Election will be by written ballot upon the request of any two (2) trustees present at the election.

The one-year terms of incoming officers will begin on July 1. Officers will continue in office until their successors are elected. No officer will be eligible for election to more than two (2)consecutive full one-year terms in the same office.


Do faculty have a formal role in decision-making in regard to the following?:
Yes or No
Establishing organizational mission, vision, and/or goals ---
Establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives ---
Strategic and long-term planning ---
Existing or prospective physical resources ---
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning ---
Communications processes and transparency practices ---
Prioritization of programs and projects ---

A brief description of the formal faculty role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:
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The website URL where information about the institution’s governance structure is available:

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