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Liaison Kimberly Reeves
Submission Date Feb. 20, 2015
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University of Colorado Colorado Springs
PA-3: Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Linda Kogan
Director
Office of Sustainability
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Do all enrolled students, regardless of type or status, have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies (through direct participation or the election of representatives)?:
Yes

A brief description of the mechanisms through which students have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies:

The Student Government Association is the student body government for the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. The Student Government Association creates, implements, and oversees a $277,000 budget that is generated by student fees. The Student Government Association is not only the liaison between the students and the administration, but also between the University and the surrounding community.
The Student Government Association is made up of three separate branches, the Executive, the Legislative, and the Judicial. They are all bound by the same student adopted document: the Constitution.

Students can apply and run for a number of positions, including the Secretary of Sustainability, in the Student Government Association (SGA).


Is there at least one student representative on the institution’s governing body who was elected by peers or appointed by a representative student body or organization?:
Yes

A brief description of student representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:

Many positions on SGA are elected. Several positions are appointed if there are no students who have selected to run for an office. The individuals who volunteer to fulfill the positions within the branches come from every corner of campus and are charged with establishing SGA's official position on a variety of issues as well as advocating for the carrying out of its objectives. There are senators at large as well as senators from each of the major colleges, multicultural affairs, and sustainability.


Do students have a formal role in decision-making in regard to the following?:
Yes or No
Establishing organizational mission, vision, and/or goals Yes
Establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives Yes
Strategic and long-term planning Yes
Existing or prospective physical resources Yes
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning Yes
Communications processes and transparency practices Yes
Prioritization of programs and projects Yes

A brief description of the formal student role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:

SGA works to investigate and resolve common student concerns, advocate for the inclusion of students in the overall policy and decision making processes of the university and empowers students with leadership and management opportunities.
Many of the major decisions at the university are presented to SGA for input and SGA representatives sit on numerous committees throughout the university. The most recent UCCS Strategic Plan 2020 had input from SGA.


Do all staff, regardless of type or status, have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies (through direct participation or the election of representatives)?:
Yes

A brief description of the mechanisms through which all staff have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies:

State Classified Staff can participate in Staff Council. The mission of Staff Council is to support all UCCS classified staff through avenues of conversation, advocacy, action and representation.
Professional staff can participate in Professional Exempt Staff Association.
PESA is the representative group at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs for all staff members who are not part of the state classified system, and are not faculty members. All Exempt employees are automatically members of PESA. PESA's Executive Board meets to carry out day-to-day operations of the Association.
PESA is here for you to do the following things:

To be an advocate for the unique interests of professional exempt staff of UCCS.
To initiate and provide means for the career development of the professional exempt staff of UCCS.
To foster a spirit of unity and cooperation among all UCCS employees and to promote communication with the administration and among the professional exempt staff of UCCS .
To study and to make recommendations concerning problems and policies of mutual concern relating to UCCS employees and the overall efficiency of the university.
To provide representation to boards, councils, committees and to work collaboratively with these groups in such areas as strategic planning; the recruitment, retention, and recognition of professional exempt staff, fiscal matters, and the overall efficiency of the university.
To respond to issues as directed by the Chancellor.


Is there at least one non-supervisory staff representative on the institution’s governing body who was elected by peers or appointed by a representative staff body or organization?:
Yes

A brief description of non-supervisory staff representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:

All of these groups seek volunteers and have nominations and elections each year.
Staff Council
Elected officers shall be (Co) President-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer.
PESA - Elected representatives are President, President Elect, Secretary/Treasurer and Members at Large


Do non-supervisory staff have a formal role in decision-making in regard to the following? :
Yes or No
Establishing organizational mission, vision, and/or goals Yes
Establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives Yes
Strategic and long-term planning Yes
Existing or prospective physical resources Yes
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning Yes
Communications processes and transparency practices Yes
Prioritization of programs and projects Yes

A brief description of the formal staff role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:

The 2012 campus-wide strategic planning process, convened and directed by the Office of the Chancellor, includes numerous non-supervisory staff on various committees. Staff and faculty can participate in UBAC, the University Budget Advisory Committee, which provides recommendations on budgeting and financial planning. This is ongoing. Many faculty and staff in 2014 completed the Program Prioritization process which included evaluation of over 60 degree-granting programs and 66 non-degree granting programs.
The UCCS Leadership Team presents at each monthly meeting to inform and solicit input on the topics listed above.


Do all faculty, regardless of type or status, have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies (through direct participation or the election of representatives)?:
Yes

A brief description of the mechanisms through which all faculty (including adjunct faculty) have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies:

All Faculty can participate in Faculty Assembly
All faculty members are part of the Faculty Assembly. The Faculty Assembly as a whole usually meets 1-2 times per academic year. A representative group known as the Representative Assembly meets monthly during the academic year. Meetings are open to all faculty.


Is there at least one teaching or research faculty representative on the institution’s governing body who was elected by peers or appointed by a representative faculty body or organization?:
Yes

A brief description of faculty representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:

Representatives are elected each year.
The Representative Assembly consists of the elected officers of the Faculty Assembly, elected Faculty Council representatives, elected representatives from each of the colleges and the library, the chairs of all standing committees, and at-large members elected by the Faculty Assembly.
All persons holding the rank of professor, associate professor, assistant professor, senior instructor, or instructor with at least a 0.5 instructional or administrative appointment.
All faculty emeriti.
The Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and all academic deans (i.e. - those deans who report to the VCAA).
Other regular members designated by the Representative Assembly, as provided for in the By-Laws
http://www.uccs.edu/Documents/facassembly/Bylaws/Approved_December_11_Bylaws__FINAL.pdf


Do faculty have a formal role in decision-making in regard to the following?:
Yes or No
Establishing organizational mission, vision, and/or goals Yes
Establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives Yes
Strategic and long-term planning Yes
Existing or prospective physical resources Yes
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning Yes
Communications processes and transparency practices Yes
Prioritization of programs and projects Yes

A brief description of the formal faculty role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:

Executive Standing Committees:
Educational Policy and University Standards, Personnel and Benefits, Budget Advisory Committee,
Regular Standing Committees
Minority Affairs; Misconduct in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities; Womens Committee; Non-tenure Track Faculty; Academic Computing; Library Committee; PRIDE; Sustainability Committee; and Intercollegiate Athletics.
The Faculty Assembly has been involved in all of these areas. Full minutes and reports from the last five years can be found at the following url.
http://www.uccs.edu/facassembly/minutes.html


The website URL where information about the institution’s governance structure is available:

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