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Liaison Herbert Sinnock
Submission Date April 20, 2015
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Sheridan College (Ontario)
PA-3: Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Michelle McCollum
Associate Vice President
Capital Development and Facilities Management
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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:

All full-time and part-time students are represented by the Sheridan Student Union (SSUI). They strive to unite the student body through programs and services, and are responsible for advocating and being a voice for Sheridan students. The SSUI improves the students' quality of life on campus.


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:

There is one representative on the governing body which represents the interests of the students. At this time the representative is Christopher Lopes. The Sheridan student body elects a student representative through a voting procedure done online.


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 Yes
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 student representative in the Board of Governors represents the interests of the students and votes on policy decisions on behalf of the students.


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:

The Sheridan Senate makes Academic Policy and Programming recommendations to the Board of Governors of Sheridan. The Senate is made up of 72 voting members which include 42 full-time and 6 part-time faculty. Faculty membership is determined by a democratic process within each academic faculty and representation is proportionate to the number of full-time faculty in each faculty.

College Council is a democratically elected body in the college system. The purpose of College Council is to promote communication and consultation within Sheridan, and to provide a forum for staff and students to communicate with the President. College Council acts in an advisory capacity to the President. It is comprised of members that are elected to represent a School, Administrative Unit or Campus; however, they are also recognized as a member of one of the four following constituent groups: Academic Staff, Support Staff, Administration or Student.


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:

The Support Staff representative in the Board of Governors votes on policy decisions on behalf of the Support Staff. The representatives are elected democratically from within the Support Staff.


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 Yes
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:

Administrative and Support Staff representatives are present on the Board of Governors of the College, which is responsible for: strategic long-term planning; financial investments; establishment and revision of goals and incorporation of new policies; and programs and projects.


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:

The Sheridan Senate makes Academic Policy and Programming recommendations to the Board of Governors of Sheridan. The Senate is made up of 72 voting members which include 42 full-time and 6 part-time faculty. Faculty membership is determined by a democratic process within each academic faculty and representation is proportionate to the number of full-time faculty in each faculty.

College Council is a democratically elected body in the college system. The purpose of College Council is to promote communication and consultation within Sheridan, and to provide a forum for staff and students to communicate with the President. College Council acts in an advisory capacity to the President. It is comprised of members that are elected to represent a School, Administrative Unit or Campus; however, they are also recognized as a member of one of the four following constituent groups: Academic Staff, Support Staff, Administration or Student.


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:

The Sheridan Senate comprises of a total of 72 voting members out of which 42 are full-time faculty members and 6 are part-time faculty members. They are elected to the Senate by a democratic process from their own academic faculty.

Besides the Sheridan Senate, there is one faculty representative on the Board of Governors who is chosen by peers.

Faculty members also comprise the Senate Standing Committee that make policy and program proposals to the Sheridan Senate.


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 Yes
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:

Administrative and Support Staff representatives are present on the Board of Governors of the College, which is responsible for: strategic long-term planning; financial investments; establishment and revision of goals and incorporation of new policies; and programs and projects.


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

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