Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.18
Liaison Josh Nease
Submission Date May 21, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Radford University
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 3.00 Josh Nease
Sustainability Manager
Academic Programs
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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:

Student Government Association -The purpose of the SGA is to facilitate the representation of graduate and undergraduate student opinion. Every student becomes a member of the association upon matriculation with the University. The SGA Senate serves as the primary legislative body of the student body and acts as an organ for student expression and participation in campus policy decisions. SGA is involved with multiple campus legislative groups such as the Faculty Senate, the AP Staff Senate and the Board of Visitors. Serving the Radford community for 103 years, the SGA has been an integral part of this institution.

The student representatives are appointed from a list of three students submitted by the President after consultation with appropriate members of the administration and such other individuals as the President deems necessary. The three nominees for student representative shall make a brief presentation to the Board of Visitors at the annual meeting at which the student representative will be appointed.


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:

The Radford University Staff Senate was created in 1995 to give the support staff a voice in the governance of Radford University. Staff Senate meetings are open to the university community and are held on the third Thursday of each month beginning at 9 a.m. All university staff are invited and encouraged to attend. The purpose of the Staff Senate is to serve as the representative body for the classified and (1500 hour) wage employees and to accept and share responsibility with the administration, faculty, and students in all efforts to attain the stated goals of the University.

Administrative Senate -The purpose of the Administrative Senate is to study, formulate, and recommend to the President’s Cabinet policies and procedures affecting the employment and working conditions of administrative and professional faculty and to serve as the representative body for Administrative and Professional Faculty.


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? :
Yes

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 purpose of the Faculty Senate is to enable the faculty to fulfill its function with respect to academic and educational policies and other affairs of Radford University. The Faculty Senate assures representation of faculty interests and of the faculty view of the common good of the University community, in accordance with recognized principles of university shared governance.

The faculty representative on the BOV shall be the President of the Radford University Faculty Senate (Faculty Senate President), provided that said individual shall serve no more than two consecutive terms as faculty representative to the Board of Visitors. Faculty Senate President is elected by peers.


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 No
Private sector organizations No
Civil society (e.g. NGOs, NPOs) No

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):
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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