Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.92
Liaison Nicholas Kordesch
Submission Date June 8, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

San Francisco State University
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 3.00 Nick Kordesch
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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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:

Part 1:Associated Students (AS), the student government at San Francisco State University, serves as the official voice of students. AS promotes an enriched co-curricular student life experience and is dedicated to the empowerment of SF State’s diverse student body through a commitment to social justice and shared governance. AS provides and supports services and programs, maintains fiduciary responsibility, and engages in campus-wide collaborations and external advocacy efforts. Students have the opportunity to vote or be elected into the Associated Students Board of Directors. In doing so, candidates experience many influential events such as the campaign process to having the chance to use their ideas to provide for the students at SF State.

Part 2: Students have an elected representative on the California State University Board of Trustees, the highest governing board in the institution.

​​In adopting the Donahoe Higher Education Act of 1960, the State Legislature established the Board of Trustees of The California State Colleges (designated "The California State University" on Jan. 1, 1982) to "succeed to the powers, duties and functions with respect to the management, administration and control of the state colleges." Prior to this, the State Board of Education had jurisdiction over the separate colleges. The Donahoe Act also restructured the individual campuses into the nation's largest system of senior higher education. The Board of Trustees governs this diverse and complex 23-campus system. The Board of Trustees is responsible for the oversight of the California State University. The board adopts rules, regulations, and policies governing the California State University. The board has authority over curricular development, use of property, development of facilities, and fiscal and human resources management.

The Governor appoints two student trustees 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.

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


Do the institution’s staff members have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a staff council)?:
No

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 Academic Senate holds university-wide elections for a staff representative.


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:

The San Francisco State Academic Senate develops policies & procedures regarding faculty & administrative appointments, curriculum, business & fiscal matters, campus development, academic standards, University goals, and more. The Academic Senate selects members to participate on various university governance boards, including the Campus Sustainability Committee. Faculty members are elected to serve on these boards.

CSU Board of Trustees:

​​In adopting the Donahoe Higher Education Act of 1960, the State Legislature established the Board of Trustees of The California State Colleges (designated "The California State University" on Jan. 1, 1982) to "succeed to the powers, duties and functions with respect to the management, administration and control of the state colleges." Prior to this, the State Board of Education had jurisdiction over the separate colleges. The Donahoe Act also restructured the individual campuses into the nation's largest system of senior higher education. The Board of Trustees governs this diverse and complex 23-campus system. The Board of Trustees is responsible for the oversight of the California State University. The board adopts rules, regulations, and policies governing the California State University. The board has authority over curricular development, use of property, development of facilities, and fiscal and human resources management.

The Governor 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:

SF State uses the California Environmental Quality Act's Environmental Impact Report process to engage external stakeholders in land use planning, capital investment projects, and other institutional decisions that affect our local community. The SF State Government Relations team and the Capital Planning Design and Construction team regularly hold public meetings to discuss new projects that affect transit, traffic, noise, etc.

Sample announcement from the Creative Arts & Holloway Mixed Use Project:
A Notice of Preparation (NOP) for a focused tiered Environmental Impact Report has been issued for the Creative Arts & Holloway Mixed Use Project proposed on the San Francisco State University campus. The EIR will be tiered to the Campus Master Plan (CMP) EIR (SCH#2006102050), certified as a Program EIR under CEQA Guidelines Section 15168, by the CSU Board of Trustees in November 2007 (see below). The Project includes the construction of the Creative Arts replacement building, an associated 800-seat concert hall, and a mixed-use development including student housing, neighborhood-serving retail, and student support services.

The Trustees have issued this NOP for public review and comment pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Sections 15082(a) and 15375. The Trustees have established a 30-day public review and scoping period from July 7, 2016 to August 8, 2016, in accordance with the CEQA Guidelines (14 CCR 15082). Comments on the scope and content of the pending Draft EIR can be submitted during this period. See the NOP below for additional information about how to submit a comment.


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:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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