Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.22
Liaison Rich Walker
Submission Date April 22, 2016
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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
PA-3: Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Debbie Nelson
Sustainability Intern
VCA
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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:

Student Government represents undergraduate, graduate, and professional students at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Its primary function is to serve as an advocate on student issues and voice students’ concerns about campus issues.
All students have the opportunity to be elected to the Senate and/or join one of many committees.


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:

The board of trustees consists of seven members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate, and student members selected by the student bodies of SIU at Carbondale and SIU at Edwardsville.


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 ---
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:

A. The University Planning and Budget Council [UPBC] will consist of a maximum of 16
members, 13 of whom are voting members.
1. Voting Members
The voting members are:
a. five faculty members appointed by the Faculty Senate to three-year, staggered terms.
b. two staff members appointed by the Staff Senate to three-year, staggered terms.
c. two students appointed by the Student Senate to one-year terms. The Student Senate
president may not be one of the Student Senate appointments.
Each of the University senates recommends four (4) representatives to serve on the University Parking and Traffic Committee. Both voting and non-voting ex-officio members are appointed by the Vice Chancellor for Administration, however. Zip Car is an example.With broad-based input from the University Community, the 2013 Strategic Plan Update Committee reviewed and revised SIUE’s Mission, Vision, and Values Statements as well as the Long-Term Goals. Comprised of a diverse, campus-wide membership, the Committee included student, staff, and faculty representatives.


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 University Staff Senate represents Civil Service and Professional Staff of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Employees who are represented by labor organizations as well as employees who are not represented can participate on the University Staff Senate, its panels or committees. The University Staff Senate manages two scholarship funds: The University Staff Senate Scholarship and the Faculty for Collective Bargaining Scholarship Fund. Civil Service and Professional Staff employees participate in the governance of the University via the senate and its panels. All senate and panel members are elected officers.


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:

A. The University Planning and Budget Council [UPBC] will consist of a maximum of 16
members, 13 of whom are voting members.
1. Voting Members
The voting members are:
a. five faculty members appointed by the Faculty Senate to three-year, staggered terms.
b. two staff members appointed by the Staff Senate to three-year, staggered terms.
c. two students appointed by the Student Senate to one-year terms. The Student Senate
president may not be one of the Student Senate appointments.


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:

A. The University Planning and Budget Council [UPBC] will consist of a maximum of 16
members, 13 of whom are voting members.
1. Voting Members
The voting members are:
a. five faculty members appointed by the Faculty Senate to three-year, staggered terms.
b. two staff members appointed by the Staff Senate to three-year, staggered terms.
c. two students appointed by the Student Senate to one-year terms. The Student Senate
president may not be one of the Student Senate appointments.
Each of the University senates recommends four (4) representatives to serve on the University Parking and Traffic Committee. Both voting and non-voting ex-officio members are appointed by the Vice Chancellor for Administration, however. Zip Car is an example.With broad-based input from the University Community, the 2013 Strategic Plan Update Committee reviewed and revised SIUE’s Mission, Vision, and Values Statements as well as the Long-Term Goals. Comprised of a diverse, campus-wide membership, the Committee included student, staff, and faculty representatives.


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)?:
No

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

A. The University Planning and Budget Council [UPBC] will consist of a maximum of 16
members, 13 of whom are voting members.
1. Voting Members
The voting members are:
a. five faculty members appointed by the Faculty Senate to three-year, staggered terms.
b. two staff members appointed by the Staff Senate to three-year, staggered terms.
c. two students appointed by the Student Senate to one-year terms. The Student Senate
president may not be one of the Student Senate appointments.
Each of the University senates recommends four (4) representatives to serve on the University Parking and Traffic Committee. Both voting and non-voting ex-officio members are appointed by the Vice Chancellor for Administration, however. Zip Car is an example.With broad-based input from the University Community, the 2013 Strategic Plan Update Committee reviewed and revised SIUE’s Mission, Vision, and Values Statements as well as the Long-Term Goals. Comprised of a diverse, campus-wide membership, the Committee included student, staff, and faculty representatives.


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:

A. The University Planning and Budget Council [UPBC] will consist of a maximum of 16
members, 13 of whom are voting members.
1. Voting Members
The voting members are:
a. five faculty members appointed by the Faculty Senate to three-year, staggered terms.
b. two staff members appointed by the Staff Senate to three-year, staggered terms.
c. two students appointed by the Student Senate to one-year terms. The Student Senate
president may not be one of the Student Senate appointments.
Each of the University senates recommends four (4) representatives to serve on the University Parking and Traffic Committee. Both voting and non-voting ex-officio members are appointed by the Vice Chancellor for Administration, however. Zip Car is an example.With broad-based input from the University Community, the 2013 Strategic Plan Update Committee reviewed and revised SIUE’s Mission, Vision, and Values Statements as well as the Long-Term Goals. Comprised of a diverse, campus-wide membership, the Committee included student, staff, and faculty representatives.


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

Shared governance is the collaborative effort of all constituents toward interpreting and achieving the university mission. The strengths of all constituents are acknowledged and respected, and all strive for a clear and common understanding of their respective contributions to decision-making. While it is understood that some decisions are the sole or ultimate responsibility of a single constituent, and that specific authority is often established by either policy or charge, both faculty and administrators remain continuously invested in shared governance, and make every effort to provide the appropriate input needed to ensure the best outcomes. Because it takes full advantage of the collective expertise and diverse experiences of all constituents, shared governance maximizes the quality of decision-making, reinforces the collective value of all members of the academic community, and encourages shared ownership of and responsibility for SIUE's mission, vision and values. Shared governance both assumes ethical conduct by all constituents and accommodates reasoned disagreement. It also supports respectful interaction and timely decision-making by all constituents vested in a given decision. When authority and responsibility for decision-making rest in separate constituencies, reasonable efforts are made to communicate across constituencies during the decision-making process. Whenever there is shared authority and responsibility for a decision, the precise nature of that sharing, whenever not already designated by policy or charge, should be negotiated in good faith and agreed upon by involved constituencies. Finally, shared governance assumes that policies will be operationalized in a manner that provides balance in the voice, responsibility, and authority of all involved in the academic mission of the university.

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