Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 43.00
Liaison Sandra Caeiro
Submission Date April 5, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Universidade Aberta
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00
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Do the institution’s students have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a student council)? :
Yes

Do the institution’s students have an elected representative on the institution’s highest governing body?:
Yes

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which students are engaged in governance, including information to support each affirmative response above:

- General Council - 3 representantives students

The General Council is a governing body which, among other duties, is responsible for approving changes to the statutes, organizing the election procedure and electing the Rector, reviewing the actions of the Rector and the Management Board, and proposing initiatives that he deems necessary for the functioning of the University. The General Council, on the recommendation of the Rector, is also responsible for approving the medium-term strategic plans and the plan of action for the four-year term of office of the Rector.
http://portal.uab.pt/conselho-geral/

- Pedagogical Council: 8 representatives students

The Pedagogical Council is designated for:
Approve its regulation;
Contribute to the definition of the guidelines of the Open University, especially in the pedagogical plan;
Pronounce pedagogical guidelines and methods of teaching and evaluation;
Promote regular surveys of the pedagogical performance of the organizational unit or institution, as well as its analysis and dissemination;
Promote the evaluation of the pedagogical performance of teachers, by teachers and students, as well as their analysis and dissemination;
Appreciate the complaints about pedagogical failures and propose the necessary measures;
To approve the regulation of evaluation of student achievement;
To pronounce on the creation of courses and respective plans of study;
To pronounce on the institution of school prizes;
To pronounce on the academic calendar and the examination maps / p-folios of the curricular units;
Ensure, in articulation with the student's provider, the rights, freedoms and guarantees of the students of the University, also promoting respect for their duties;
Promote, in articulation with student associations, the full integration of students in the University.
http://portal.uab.pt/conselho-pedagogico/


Do the institution’s staff members have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a staff council)?:
Yes

Do the institution’s non-supervisory staff members have an elected representative on the institution’s highest governing body?:
Yes

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which staff are engaged in governance, including information to support each affirmative response above:

- General Council - 1 representantive staff

The General Council is a governing body which, among other duties, is responsible for approving changes to the statutes, organizing the election procedure and electing the Rector, reviewing the actions of the Rector and the Management Board, and proposing initiatives that he deems necessary for the functioning of the University. The General Council, on the recommendation of the Rector, is also responsible for approving the medium-term strategic plans and the plan of action for the four-year term of office of the Rector.

http://portal.uab.pt/conselho-geral/

- Senate: 5 representatives staff

The Academic Senate is a mandatory referral body for the Rector, composed of 22 members, including the Rector who presides and who is responsible for convening it. Under the proposal of the rector, it is the responsibility of the Senate to pronounce on different institutional matters, such as the medium-term strategic plan and the action plan for the four-year term of its mandate and the university's educational project.

http://portal.uab.pt/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Representantes-Eleitos-para-o-Senado-2017-2021.pdf


Do the institution’s teaching and research faculty have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a faculty senate)?:
Yes

Do the institution’s teaching and research faculty have an elected representative on the institution’s highest governing body? :
Yes

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which teaching and research faculty are engaged in governance, including information to support each affirmative response above:

- General Council - 12 representantives researchers

The General Council is a governing body which, among other duties, is responsible for approving changes to the statutes, organizing the election procedure and electing the Rector, reviewing the actions of the Rector and the Management Board, and proposing initiatives that he deems necessary for the functioning of the University. The General Council, on the recommendation of the Rector, is also responsible for approving the medium-term strategic plans and the plan of action for the four-year term of office of the Rector.
http://portal.uab.pt/conselho-geral/

- Pedagogical Council: 8 representative researchers

The Pedagogical Council is designated for:
Approve its regulation;
Contribute to the definition of the guidelines of the Open University, especially in the pedagogical plan;
Pronounce pedagogical guidelines and methods of teaching and evaluation;
Promote regular surveys of the pedagogical performance of the organizational unit or institution, as well as its analysis and dissemination;
Promote the evaluation of the pedagogical performance of teachers, by teachers and students, as well as their analysis and dissemination;
Appreciate the complaints about pedagogical failures and propose the necessary measures;
To approve the regulation of evaluation of student achievement;
To pronounce on the creation of courses and respective plans of study;
To pronounce on the institution of school prizes;
To pronounce on the academic calendar and the examination maps / p-folios of the curricular units;
Ensure, in articulation with the student's provider, the rights, freedoms and guarantees of the students of the University, also promoting respect for their duties;
Promote, in articulation with student associations, the full integration of students in the University.
http://portal.uab.pt/conselho-pedagogico/

- Senate: 10 representative researchers

The Academic Senate is a mandatory referral body for the Rector, composed of 22 members, including the Rector who presides and who is responsible for convening it. Under the proposal of the rector, it is the responsibility of the Senate to pronounce on different institutional matters, such as the medium-term strategic plan and the action plan for the four-year term of its mandate and the university's educational project.

http://portal.uab.pt/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Representantes-Eleitos-para-o-Senado-2017-2021.pdf

Scientific Council - 8 representative researchers
It is the responsibility of the Scientific Council to deliberate on the subjects of general scientific nature of the University, with a view to stimulating and accompanying the development of research, education and training, in accordance with the applicable legislation and with the University's statutes and strategic guidelines.

http://portal.uab.pt/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/CC_UAb_D05R2018_Alteracao-Regulamento.pdf

Editorial Board - 6 representative researchers

http://portal.uab.pt/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/D27-R-2017_homologa%C3%A7%C3%A3o-da-altera%C3%A7%C3%A3o-ao-regulamento-do-ConsEditorial.pdf


Does the institution have written policies and procedures to identify and engage external stakeholders (i.e. local residents) in land use planning, capital investment projects, and other institutional decisions that affect the community?:
No

A copy of the written policies and procedures:
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The policies and procedures:
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Does the institution have formal participatory or shared governance bodies through which community members representing the interests of the following stakeholder groups can regularly participate in institutional governance?:
Yes or No
Local government and/or educational organizations Yes
Private sector organizations No
Civil society (e.g. NGOs, NPOs) Yes

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which external stakeholders are engaged in institutional governance (including information about each stakeholder group selected above):

Local government and/or educational organizations -
The Open University has 7 members in the International Advisory Board, representing the Open University of the Netherlands, the University of Coimbra, the Universitat de Barcelona, the European Association of Distance Learning Universities (EADTU) and the Cecierj Foundation.
The International Consultative Council (ICC) is an organ of consultation of the rector and its mission is to permanently evaluate the activity of the University, specifically in the areas of education and distance education.
https://portal.uab.pt/conselho-consultivo-internacional/

Civil society - The Open University has 7 external public personalities in the General Council, where one of them is the President of that council. This General Council is a governing body which, among other duties, is responsible for approving changes to the statutes, organizing the election procedure and electing the Rector, reviewing the actions of the Rector and the Management Board, and proposing initiatives that he deems necessary for the functioning of the University. The General Council, on the recommendation of the Rector, is also responsible for approving the medium-term strategic plans and the plan of action for the four-year term of office of the Rector.
https://portal.uab.pt/conselho-geral/


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