Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.35
Liaison Mo Lovegreen
Submission Date March 2, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of California, Santa Barbara
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 3.00 Katie Maynard
Sustainability Coordinator
Geography & 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:

Associated Students (AS) is a non profit organization and department of UC campuses funded by undergraduate fees. Through elected student positions and appointments students are able to express their concerns and opinions to the campus administration, UC system, the community, and state and local governments. Dozens of boards, committees, and commissions are organized and funded through AS to enrich student life and give students services and opportunities not offered by the administration. In addition, UCSB has a Graduate Student Association (GSA) which is the elected government representing the university’s graduate students.

The University of California has a ‘Student Regent’ elected to a one-year term with voting powers. Students apply for consideration in March and then 10 semifinalists are chosen. Five of the semifinalists are chosen by the Southern Regional Nominating Commission, composed of students representing the Irvine, Los Angeles, Riverside, Santa Barbara, and San Diego campuses of the UC system. The other 5 are chosen by the Northern Regional Nominating Commission, which represents students in the Berkeley, Davis, Merced, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz campuses. The members of the nominating commissions are appointed by the elected student governments of each UC campus. This includes the UCSB Associated Students as well as Graduate Student Association. At this point, the Board of Directors of the University of California Student Association, a body composed of students elected or appointed from the UC student governments, chooses 3 finalists. The final selection of Student Regent is made by a Committee appointed by the Chair of the Board of Regents. The current UC Student Regent is Paul Monge.


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?:
No

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

Each UC campus has a Staff Assembly, sponsored by the office of the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, that serves in an advisory capacity to the Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, senior officers, and other campus organizations. The two campus co-chairs of the Staff Assembly represent each campus as delegates to the UC-wide Council of UC Staff Assemblies (CUCSA) for their two-year term. CUCSA provides forums by which all staff can discuss issues and offer recommendations on policies, processes and programs.


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 Academic Senate is composed of all regular ranks faculty and major campus administrative officers, and functions as the voice of the faculty in University governance. The Senate advises the President and the Chancellors on many issues of academic policy, including budget matters, the administration of the libraries, and the appointment and advancement of faculty members. The Assembly of Academic Senate is comprised of members that include the chairs of the nine divisions (the nine UC campuses), chairs of major University wide Senate committees, and 35 faculty representatives. The Academic Council acts as the executive arm of the Assembly and its members are chairs of major University-wide committees and chairs of the campus divisions. The Chair and Vice Chair of the Academic Council are the official faculty representatives to the UC Board of Regents. These two positions are are elected by peers in the Assembly of the Academic Senate.


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) No

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):

Four ex-official members of the UC Board of Regents represent the state California government. The three positions are that of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the Assembly, and Superintendent of Public Instruction for California. These are elected positions in the state or are appointed by elected positions.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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