Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 45.93
Liaison Gabrielle Jette
Submission Date April 13, 2022

STARS v2.2

The Catholic University of America
PA-3: Inclusive and Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 3.00
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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:

Students: The Catholic University Student Government Association (SGA) consists of three branches. The SGA Executive Branch consists of the President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. In addition to the board is the Executive Cabinet consisting of the Executive Initiative Directors and the Director of SGA Express. The SGA Legislative Branch consists of twenty-six Senators with two Senators from each class and two Senators from each academic school who are elected in October and serve for the remainder of the academic year. There are currently five standing committees in the Senate: Rules and Administration, Academic Affairs, University Services, Student Resources, and Campus Life. The SGA Treasury Board is made up of eight voting members across all classes at the Catholic University of America. This group of directors is led by the Treasurer, who votes only in cases of a tie. The Treasury Board is responsible for allocating funds out of the student activity fee to all student organizations for operations, programming events, other related costs.

Academic Staff: The Academic Senate shares with the president "the immediate responsibility for academic governing of the University by establishing, maintaining, supervising, and in general being responsible for the academic policies of the University" (Bylaws II, 6). The Academic Senate is composed of the president, the provost, the deans of the various schools, various administrative officials of the University, representatives of graduate and undergraduate students, and delegates elected by the faculties of the various schools of the University. The Constitution of the Academic Senate is the basic governing document of the senate, and detailed provisions reflecting the composition, the election, the authority, and the procedures of the Academic Senate appear in the Faculty Handbook.

Non-Academic Staff: The Staff Leadership Council advises the President and the senior leadership of the University on matters that are recommended by the Council or requested by the President or administration. The council works collaboratively with University Staff and the University's leadership to identify, track, and record the ways, means, and plans to accomplish the University’s stated strategic ends.


Total number of individuals on the institution’s highest governing body:
49

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

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:
8

Percentage of official members of the highest governing body that are women:
16.33

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:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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