Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.14
Liaison Don Forster
Submission Date March 30, 2020
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Seneca College
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 3.00 Paula Echeveste
Sustainability Supervisor
Facilities
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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 Seneca Student Federation is the official student government of Seneca College. The President, coordinator and other members are voted in yearly by students.

https://ssfinc.ca/about

There’s a student representative at the Board of Governors. There’s an election in place yearly to select Board of Governors student representative based on the document below:
https://www.senecacollege.ca/about/governance/supporting/documents/Election-of-Internal-Members-to-BOG-Policy.pdf


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?:
Yes

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

Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology is overseen by a Board of Governors comprised of members from the community, elected College employees and a student representative elected by the student body. The Board is supported by the administration of the College.

Seneca’s Board has 17 members: 12 representing the community, four members elected by administration, faculty, support staff and students, and the President. One-third of the external members are nominated by the Board and appointed by the Cabinet of the Ontario Government, officially titled the Lieutenant Governor in Council. Two-thirds are nominated and elected by the Board. Collectively, the external members bring a wide range of skill and experience in education, finance, public affairs, governance, legal affairs, community relations and management to help the College achieve its strategic objectives.

Support Staff Representative on Board of Governor gets elected by other support staff


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:

Governance at Seneca
Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology is overseen by a Board of Governors comprised of members from the community, elected College employees,faculty and a student representative elected by the student body. The Board is supported by the administration of the College.

Seneca’s Board has 17 members: 12 representing the community, four members elected by administration, faculty, support staff and students, and the President. One-third of the external members are nominated by the Board and appointed by the Cabinet of the Ontario Government, officially titled the Lieutenant Governor in Council. Two-thirds are nominated and elected by the Board. Collectively, the external members bring a wide range of skill and experience in education, finance, public affairs, governance, legal affairs, community relations and management to help the College achieve its strategic objectives.

The Board of Governors is responsible for:

- Establishing appropriate governance structures to oversee the operations of the College through delegation to the President the accountability for its performance and operation.
- Approving the College strategic directions and outcomes within the context of the appropriate laws, public policy, and needs of the labour market and community.
- Hiring the President and evaluating the President’s performance.
- Approving the College’s annual business plan, budget, and annual report.
- Assessing the effectiveness of the board


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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