Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.08
Liaison Katherine Straub
Submission Date Aug. 21, 2020

STARS v2.2

Susquehanna University
PA-3: Inclusive and Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.63 / 3.00 Katherine Straub
Professor
Earth and Environmental Sciences
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Does the institution have formal participatory or shared governance bodies through which the following stakeholders can regularly participate in the governance of the institution?:
Yes or No
Students Yes
Academic staff Yes
Non-academic staff Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal participatory or shared governance bodies:

Susquehanna University’s Board of Trustees is responsible for the stewardship and well-being of the institution. A student representative and a two faculty representatives are full voting members of the Board of Trustees.

The Student Government Association (SGA) is Susquehanna's student governing body and the highest governing body for students. Class representatives are elected by peers, with four representatives for each class (First Year, Sophomore, Junior, Senior) as well as an executive board.

The Staff Council is a representative body of all non-academic staff. Staff members may reach out to any member of the staff council to voice concerns or share ideas. The council positions are three year terms and are voted on by staff in different blocks of campus to ensure all areas of campus are represented.

“The University Council serves as the principal Faculty advisory body to the President on broad planning and policy issues and related budget allocations, with these special areas of interest and concern: 1) to recommend budget guidelines and priorities for the next academic year as consistent with planning goals and to review the proposed University budget in light of these goals; 2) to advise on annual increases in tuition and fees, and on salary increases for all constituent groups of the University; 3) to contribute to the development of the University's strategic plan as it is periodically revised; and 4) to advise the President on other matters of broad University concern. Faculty and staff representatives and the Deans of Schools will systematically consult with Faculty and staff colleagues, as appropriate, and attempt to represent the views of such groups fairly in discussions; each member of the Council, however, is expected to present his or her own judgment as to the best interest of the University.” From the Faculty Handbook.

Faculty Meetings are the highest governing mechanism for faculty. All full-time faculty and those who hold the rank of faculty are considered governing faculty and have a vote in all motions brought to the floor. The Speaker of the Faculty chairs the faculty meetings where faculty discuss and vote upon academic related business. Faculty meetings occur 4 times per semester. In addition to the faculty meetings, faculty and university committees conduct business on behalf of the faculty body. These committees include but are not limited to Curriculum, Faculty Affairs, Faculty Scholarship, Teaching and Learning, and Central Curriculum.


Total number of individuals on the institution’s highest governing body:
36

Number of students representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
2

Number of academic staff representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
2

Number of non-academic staff representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
0

Number of women serving as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
14

Percentage of official members of the highest governing body that are women:
38.89

Website URL where information about the institution’s highest governing body may be found:
Does the institution host or support one or more formal bodies through which external stakeholders have a regular voice in institutional decisions that affect them?:
No

A brief description of the campus-community council or equivalent body that gives external stakeholders a regular voice in institutional decisions that affect them:
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Number of people from underrepresented groups serving as official members of the institution’s highest governing body.:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s governance structure is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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