Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.51
Liaison Karen Schauwecker
Submission Date Nov. 23, 2016
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Southern Illinois University Carbondale
EN-13: Community Stakeholder Engagement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Derick Chick
Graduate Asssistant
Sustainability Office
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Has the institution adopted a framework for community stakeholder engagement in governance, strategy and operations?:

A brief description of the policies and procedures that ensure community stakeholder engagement is applied systematically and regularly across the institution’s activities:

Each semester the Chancellor holds community forums that allows residents and campus constituencies the opportunity to voice their concerns, share ideas and offer suggestions. In addition, several members of the university executive team sit on community committees that are focused on town/gown issues.

Different departments in the university have their own procedures as the university engages with a large group of stakeholders. Furthermore, the university also has policy statements to market and communicate with stakeholders of the university. For example:
-The Evaluation and Developmental Center obtains input on an ongoing basis from persons served, personnel, and other stakeholders using a variety of mechanisms such as surveys, questionnaires, and self-reports. The input gathered is analyzed and provided to leadership for program planning, performance improvement, strategic planning, organizational advocacy, financial planning, and resource planning.
- The use of social media is increasingly common for University units, students, and employees, and these communications tools have the potential to create a significant impact on organizational and professional reputations. SIU Carbondale supports the official use of social media tools for the purpose of marketing and communicating to stakeholders of the University. This policy was developed to properly portray, promote and protect the institution and to assist SIU entities in creating and managing their social media accounts.

A brief description of how the institution identifies and engages community stakeholders, including any vulnerable or underrepresented groups:

The Evaluation and Developmental Center is committed to both the concept and implementation of accessibility across all service programs providing service delivery to a number of persons with sensory disabilities including visually impaired, hearing impaired, and/or physically impaired. The Evaluation and Developmental Center completes a yearly accessibility plan and the Division of Rehabilitation Services also conducts periodic accessibility surveys. The scope of services information is shared with the persons served, families/support systems based on choices of served persons, referral sources, payers and funding sources, other relevant stakeholders, and the general public via brochures, website, posted at facility, manuals, and information guides. The Evaluation and Developmental Center through performance improvement meetings reviews the scope of services at least annually and updates if needed.

List of identified community stakeholders:

ACLU, Carbondale ~ Anna Arts Center ~ Boys & Girls Club Carbondale ~ Carbondale Community Arts ~ Carbondale Public Library ~ Carbondale Times ~ Cristaudo’s Bakery & Café, Carbondale ~ Concerned Citizens of Carbondale ~ Eurma Hayes Community Center, Carbondale ~ GAIA House, Carbondale ~ Harrisburg Public Library ~ Healthy Southern Illinois Delta Network ~ Human Relations Commission, City of Carbondale ~ Inter-faith Council Carbondale ~ Keep Carbondale Beautiful ~ LaUnica Mexican Bakery, Carbondale ~ League of Women Voters ~ NAACP, Carbondale ~ Nonviolent Carbondale Coalition ~ Racial Justice Coalition, Carbondale ~ Ralph Anderson Inter-faith Dialogues ~ River 2 River Arts Association, Union Co. ~ Shawnee High School, Wolf Lake ~ Social Action Committee, Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship ~ Southern Illinois Peace Coalition ~ SPARC: Shawnee Preparedness & Response Coalition ~ Sparrow Coalition, Carbondale ~ Sustainability Commission, City of Carbondale ~ The Southern Illinosian ~ WDBX, Carbondale.

A brief description of successful community stakeholder engagement outcomes from the previous three years:

The Bicycle Master Plan was develop by an Advisory Committee that include a diverse representation of stakeholders including the City of Carbondale, Carbondale Park District, IDOT, SIU, and other civic partners. This master plan does not force the community and partners to fund new projects. Instead, it is a commitment to plan for the needs of bicyclists, especially when new streets are built or current streets are improved as Carbondale is well. Carbondale was designated a Bike Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists in Novemeber 2016!


The website URL where information about the institution’s community stakeholder engagement framework and activities is available:

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