Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.47
Liaison Jenny McNamara
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Portland State University
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 3.00 Amanda Wolf
Program + Assessment Coordinator
Campus Sustainability Office
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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?:
No

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

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 is at least one student on the Board of Trustees that is appointed by the Governor with approval of the Oregon Senate, and students also serve on the board's committees:
-Academic and Student Affairs Committee
-Executive and Audit Committee
-Finance and Administration Committee
-Special Committee on Campus Public Safety


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?:
No

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

During fall 2017, PSU's new president sent out nomination request for a newly formed Staff Council. Member of the council were selected in winter 2018 and the committee is scheduled to have their first meeting in the spring of 2018.

There is at least one staff member on the board of trustees (appointed by the Governor, with Oregon Senate approval). Staff also serve on the board of trustee's committees:
-Academic and Student Affairs Committee
-Executive and Audit Committee
-Finance and Administration Committee
-Special Committee on Campus Public Safety


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? :
No

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 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

There is at least one faculty member on the Board of Trustees (appointed by Governor with approval of Oregon Senate), and faculty also serve on the Board's committees:
-Academic and Student Affairs Committee
-Executive and Audit Committee
-Finance and Administration Committee
-Special Committee on Campus Public Safety


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:
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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 Yes
Private sector organizations Yes
Civil society (e.g. NGOs, NPOs) Yes

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):

"The Board of Trustees has members from the following stakeholders:
-Private Sector: CEO of Azumano Travel, VP NW Natural, General Council NW Natural, private equity firm, Rogue Venture Partners, Chinus Asset Management, Columbia Investments, and Vernier Software & Technology
-Non-Profit Sector: CEO of Children's Institute and founder of Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber

The Board of Trustees also provide an open comment period at each meeting. Speakers are allowed up to three minutes each for their comments with preference given to those who sign up in advance. The opportunity to sign up is available when meeting agendas and items are published on the Board website. The form will require you to provide your name, email address, phone number, the subject of your comments, and your relationship to the University.

Portland State University also has shared governance is several buildings:
-Fourth Avenue Building: City of Portland and Portland State University shared governance
-Academic and Student Recreation Center: City of Portland and Portland State University shared governance
-Collaborative Life Sciences Building: Portland State University, Oregon Health & Science University, and Oregon State University shared governance
-Fourth and Montgomery: currently in design phase will be a shared governance with City of Portland, Oregon Health and Sciences University, Portland Community College, and Portland State University


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