Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.85
Liaison Kelly Wellman
Submission Date Dec. 11, 2020

STARS v2.2

Texas A&M University
PA-3: Inclusive and Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 3.00 Kelly Wellman
Sustainability Officer
Office of Sustainability
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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:

The Student Senate (https://senate.tamu.edu/) consists of 80 Senators, 9 officers, 3 ex-officio officers, and numerous student aides, committee members, and liaisons. The Student Government Association now consists of over 1300 students, 19 committees and commissions, and a budget of approximately half a million dollars.

The Faculty Senate (http://facultysenate.tamu.edu/) Mission Statement:
The mission of the Faculty Senate is to:
-foster a community of mutual respect and cooperation within the university;
-to facilitate effective faculty participation in academic governance;
-to broaden communication in matters of concern to the university; and
-to engage the faculty's skills in the guidance of the university's programs

University Staff Council (https://staff.tamu.edu/) Purpose:
The council will provide a voice and integrate staff perspective by:

1. Acting as a conduit for two-way communication between staff and administration.
2. Engaging staff and bringing their interests before the administration.
3. Identifying university issues and their impact on staff.
4. Exploring and researching possible solutions.
5. Providing options and recommendations to the President.
6. Interacting with other councils.


Total number of individuals on the institution’s highest governing body:
10

Number of students representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
1

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

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:
1

Percentage of official members of the highest governing body that are women:
10

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:

Stakeholders who engaged in the TAMU Campus Master Plan (CMP) Update process were TXDOT, City of College Station, Chamber of Commerce, County Commissioners. They were regularly informed about the ongoing process of CMP update and were allowed to comment on the elements of mobility, campus development planning, wayfinding and signage.

Every two months the university meets with stakeholders from the City of College Station, City of Bryan, and TxDOT in regards to transportation planning and development, which includes topics such as implementation of the 2017 Campus Master Plan.


Number of people from underrepresented groups serving as official members of the institution’s highest governing body.:
2

Website URL where information about the institution’s governance structure is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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