Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 86.82
Liaison Richard Demerjian
Submission Date March 28, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of California, Irvine
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
3.00 / 3.00 Richard Demerjian
Assistant Vice Chancellor
Office of Environmental Planning and Sustainability
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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:

Students have the opportunity to participate in campuswide elections to represent the student body in the positions of President, Vice President, and Senate of the Associated Students (AS). Students are also appointed by the ASUCI President and confirmed by the UCI Student Senate to sit on a range of campuswide committees, including the Campus Physical and Environmental Committee which oversees land use, building design, and environmental initiatives.

https://www.asuci.uci.edu/

The UC Board of Regents, UC's highest governing body, includes elected student representatives. The Student Regent is a voting member at all Board of Regents meetings, which review and approve a wide range of governance actions throughout the UC system.

http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/about/members-and-advisors/student-regent.html


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:

At the campus level, the UCI Staff Assembly is a representative body through which staff participate in the University's governance. The purpose of the UCI Staff Assembly is to promote communication with the administration and provide input on the decision-making process on issues that affect both staff and the University. Council members are elected yearly by UCI staff and advise campus administration.

http://staffassembly.uci.edu/

The UC Board of Regents, UC's highest governing body, includes two staff advisors to foster communication between the governance and staff. The candidate selection process involves a Selection Committee composed of staff peers (2 previous staff advisors plus the current staff advisor) and other University staff who consider self-nominated candidates. The recommendation of the Selection Committee is then forwarded to the UC President, who makes the final appointment.

http://staffadvisors.universityofcalifornia.edu/apply/selection-process.html


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:

The UCI Academic Senate is a representative body through which faculty members can participate in the University's governance. The Academic Senate determines academic policies, sets conditions for admissions and degrees, supervises course offerings, and advises administration regarding faculty appointments and budgets.

http://senate.uci.edu/

Two faculty representatives from the UC Academic Senate sit on the UC Board of Regents as advisors. The UC Academic Senate has influence over career advancement and the quality of UC's faculty through its recommendations to the chancellors, deans, and chairs on appointments and promotions.

http://senate.universityofcalifornia.edu/


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?:
Yes

A copy of the written policies and procedures:
The policies and procedures:

UCI has adopted written land use policies and guidelines as a result of consultation and engagement with local off-campus residents to guide land use planning and capital project planning in UCI's East Campus, which lies adjacent to the residential neighborhoods of University Town Center and Turtle Rock. The policies and guidelines, which resulted from a consultation process which included public workshops with local residents, are addressed in the UCI/City of Irvine East Campus Planning Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which includes, but not limited to, guidelines regarding setbacks; massing; pedestrian, bicycle, and transit circulation; and landscaping that were discussed with the community.

UCI has also adopted written planning policy and procedures as a part of the campus Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) to engage and coordinate with the local communities of Irvine and Newport Beach that resulted from community and public input on the plan. The longstanding coordination includes the implementation and monitoring of sustainable transportation programs and land use/housing development as part of the LRDP. These programs and projects include coordination of on- and off-campus shuttles and bicycle and pedestrian pathways, rideshare programs, construction of on-campus student and faculty housing, and payment of fair share fees for traffic improvements.

UCI's Office of Environmental Planning and Sustainability promotes environmentally responsible development and redevelopment of land under UCI's jurisdiction. This includes advising the campus administration on land use and environmental planning as well as engaging with public agencies, such as the Cities of Irvine and Newport Beach, and private stakeholders. The office coordinates monthly meetings with local agencies and public notification of UCI projects to foster community engagement.

http://www.ceplanning.uci.edu/


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 Yes
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):

UCI CEO Roundtable: Composed of local community leaders including CEOs from local industry and non-profits/NGOs that serve in an advisory role to the UCI Chancellor on a broad range of governance and related issues. Annual orientation for new members includes a presentation and campus tour by UCI’s Office of Environmental Planning and Sustainability focusing on the campus' physical environment and sustainability initiatives to provide new members with an understanding of UCI's environmental planning goals.

http://www.roundtable.uci.edu/

Coastal/Central Orange County Natural Communities Coalition (NCC): UCI was a founding signatory of the NCC, which is composed of local, regional, state, and federal agencies; local and state fire authorities; NGOs; and private landowners. NCC oversees the long term management and governance of open space areas owned by UCI and other private sector and public landowners that jointly comprise 37,000 acres of habitat. The Orange County Natural Community Conservation Plan/Habitat Conservation Plan (NCCP/HCP) guides land use, public use and access, fire management, habitat restoration, and integrated invasive species/pest management for these preserved lands.

https://occonservation.org/


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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