Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 48.23
Liaison Nick Cookson
Submission Date Jan. 20, 2016
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Sewanee - The University of the South
PA-3: Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Amy Turner
Director of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability
Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability
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Do all enrolled students, regardless of type or status, have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies (through direct participation or the election of representatives)?:
Yes

A brief description of the mechanisms through which students have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies:

Elected students also serve on the Disciplinary Committee as well as the Honor Council. Students also serve on various faculty-led committees and have voting power on these committees. Students are appointed through the elected Student Senate.


Is there at least one student representative on the institution’s governing body who was elected by peers or appointed by a representative student body or organization?:
Yes

A brief description of student representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:

Sewanee has 2 elected students (1 junior, 1 senior) elected to the Board of Trustees. These students are 2 of 146 Trustees and have voting power.


Do students have a formal role in decision-making in regard to the following?:
Yes or No
Establishing organizational mission, vision, and/or goals Yes
Establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives Yes
Strategic and long-term planning Yes
Existing or prospective physical resources Yes
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning Yes
Communications processes and transparency practices ---
Prioritization of programs and projects Yes

A brief description of the formal student role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:

The Board of Trustees have an annual meeting where various tasks and topics are voted upon by all members. While the above topics are all covered in various years, they are not necessarily all covered every year. The minutes and votes are recorded by the Secretary of the Board of trustees (Faculty=Gerald Smith). These minutes are in the process of being made digital and put online but are not as of January 2015. That being said, minutes (Summaries of Official Actions) can be obtained on request. This makes obtaining the role faculty, staff, and students have had in actions over the previous three years a very difficult task.


Do all staff, regardless of type or status, have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies (through direct participation or the election of representatives)?:
Yes

A brief description of the mechanisms through which all staff have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies:

There are 2 elected staff members elected to the Board of Trustees. These staff are 2 of 146 Trustees and have voting power.


Is there at least one non-supervisory staff representative on the institution’s governing body who was elected by peers or appointed by a representative staff body or organization?:
Yes

A brief description of non-supervisory staff representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:

There are 2 elected staff members elected to the Board of Trustees, voted upon by all staff members. Of these 2 staff, 1 has voting power.


Do non-supervisory staff have a formal role in decision-making in regard to the following? :
Yes or No
Establishing organizational mission, vision, and/or goals Yes
Establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives Yes
Strategic and long-term planning Yes
Existing or prospective physical resources Yes
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning Yes
Communications processes and transparency practices ---
Prioritization of programs and projects Yes

A brief description of the formal staff role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:

The Board of Trustees have an annual meeting where various tasks and topics are voted upon by all members. While the above topics are all covered in various years, they are not necessarily all covered every year. The minutes and votes are recorded by the Secretary of the Board of trustees (Faculty=Gerald Smith). These minutes are in the process of being made digital and put online but are not as of January 2015. That being said, minutes (Summaries of Official Actions) can be obtained on request. This makes obtaining the role faculty, staff, and students have had in actions over the previous three years a very difficult task.


Do all faculty, regardless of type or status, have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies (through direct participation or the election of representatives)?:
Yes

A brief description of the mechanisms through which all faculty (including adjunct faculty) have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies:

5 faculty members are elected to the Board of Trustees. These faculty members are 5 of 146 Trustees and have voting power.


Is there at least one teaching or research faculty representative on the institution’s governing body who was elected by peers or appointed by a representative faculty body or organization?:
Yes

A brief description of faculty representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:

5 faculty members are elected to the Board of Trustees, voted upon by all faculty members. These faculty members are 5 of 146 Trustees and all have voting power.


Do faculty have a formal role in decision-making in regard to the following?:
Yes or No
Establishing organizational mission, vision, and/or goals Yes
Establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives Yes
Strategic and long-term planning Yes
Existing or prospective physical resources Yes
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning Yes
Communications processes and transparency practices ---
Prioritization of programs and projects Yes

A brief description of the formal faculty role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:

The Board of Trustees have an annual meeting where various tasks and topics are voted upon by all members. While the above topics are all covered in various years, they are not necessarily all covered every year. The minutes and votes are recorded by the Secretary of the Board of trustees (Faculty=Gerald Smith). These minutes are in the process of being made digital and put online but are not as of January 2015. That being said, minutes (Summaries of Official Actions) can be obtained on request. This makes obtaining the role faculty, staff, and students have had in actions over the previous three years a very difficult task.


The website URL where information about the institution’s governance structure is available:
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