Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.33
Liaison Gener Abdon
Submission Date July 31, 2020
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STARS v2.1

San Diego State University
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.25 / 3.00 Gener Abdon
AASHE STARS student intern
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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?:
Yes

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

The highest decision making organization within the student government at SDSU is the A.S. Board of Directors and its three A.S. Councils, the A.S. Campus Life Council, A.S. University Council and A.S. Judicial Affairs Council. The backbone of the student government are the A.S. boards, committees, and commissions which offer great opportunities for current students to become active members and leaders within the SDSU community.

https://as.sdsu.edu/govt/

The California State University system's highest governing body is the California State University Board of Trustees. The Governor appoints two student trustees to this body from nominees proposed by the California State Student Association. These student trustees serve staggered two-year terms. One student trustee has full voting powers; the second, non-voting student trustee succeeds to the voting position upon the expiration of the term of the first. The student trustees serve alongside Governor of California, the Lieutenant Governor of California, the Speaker of the Assembly, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the CSU Chancellor, sixteen Governor Appointees confirmed by two-thirds of the State Senate, one alumni association representative appointed by the Governor, and one faculty member appoint by the Governor.

http://www.csustudents.org/who-we-are/student-trustees/


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:

San Diego State University (SDSU) operates under a shared governance philosophy -- where each member of the community (whether faculty, student, staff, or administrator) has an opportunity to weigh in on matters of policy and procedure. SDSU's governing bodies include the Office of the President, the University Senate, and Associated Students.

The University Senate includes several staff members:

Staff (four, non-Management Personnel Plan [MPP]); the electorate consists of all permanent and temporary non-MPP staff, including probationary staff. One staff Senator position is reserved for an SDSU-IV Campus staff member.

Managers (one, Management Personnel Plan [MPP], Classes 1 and 2); the electorate consists of all MPP staff, Classes 1 and 2.

https://senate.sdsu.edu/


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:

San Diego State University (SDSU) operates under a shared governance philosophy -- where each member of the community (whether faculty, student, staff, or administrator) has an opportunity to weigh in on matters of policy and procedure. SDSU's governing bodies include the Office of the President, the University Senate, and Associated Students.

The University Senate includes faculty representatives:

Professors, who are apportioned annually; tenured and tenure-track faculty in each major academic unit (the seven Colleges on the San Diego campus, plus the Imperial Valley campus) elect the number of Senators equivalent to 8% of the tenured/tenure-track full-time equivalent faculty positions (FTEF) assigned to that unit. This method of appointment always yields at least one Senator for each major academic unit.

Lecturers, (four); the electorate consists of all lecturers.

https://senate.sdsu.edu/

The CSU Board of Trustees is the CSU's highest governing body. The Governor of California appoints a Faculty Trustee from nominees proposed by the Statewide Academic Senate. The Alumni and Faculty Trustees serve for two years.

https://www2.calstate.edu/csu-system/board-of-trustees/Pages/about-the-bot.aspx


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?:
Yes

A copy of the written policies and procedures:
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The policies and procedures:

SDSU adheres to the California Environmental Quality Act's (CEQA) Environmental Impact Report process to engage external stakeholders in land use planning, capital investment projects, and other institutional decisions that affect our local community.

SDSU Mission Valley recently followed through the CEQA process by conducting a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR), held numerous community meetings, and made revisions in its Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR).

http://missionvalley.sdsu.edu/community-engagement.html


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 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):

As a member of the California State University (CSU) system, SDSU is responsible to the CSU Board of Trustees. The Board is comprised of a combination of ex-officio members, a CSU Alumni appointee, student appointees, and an array of other appointees by the Governor of California who represent diverse stakeholder interests from across the state. The 25-member Board of Trustees adopts regulations and policies governing the entire CSU system. Board committees have authority over educational policy, finance, campus planning, and facilities, among other areas. Read more at

https://www2.calstate.edu/csu-system/board-of-trustees/Pages/default.aspx.


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