Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 52.81
Liaison Chad King
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University of Denver
PA-3: Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.90 / 3.00 Chad King
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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 University of Denver Undergraduate Student Government (USG) serves to foster the growth and welfare of the members of the USG, the University of Denver and its students, faculty, staff, alumni and the greater community associated with the University of Denver. The Graduate Student Government is a council of all the Graduate Student Associations (GSAs) at the University of Denver.


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:

The Presidents of the graduate and undergraduate student governments sit on the Provost's Undergraduate and Graduate councils.


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 No
Communications processes and transparency practices No
Prioritization of programs and projects No

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

Students are included in establishing organizational mission, vision, and/or goals through town halls and listening sessions.
Student government is involved in establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives.
Student government, student representation, and student listening sessions are included in strategic and long-term planning.
Student listening groups are typically included in building design, such as student input on the Sie addition currently under construction.


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:

DU's Staff Advisory Council (SAC) fosters collaboration with staff and members of the University community, including the offices of the chancellor and provost, University leadership and faculty members from many units on campus. The SAC lobbies to get policies and procedures implemented that directly affect all staff members' morale, interests, working conditions and professional development.


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?:
No

A brief description of non-supervisory staff representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:
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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 No
Communications processes and transparency practices No
Prioritization of programs and projects No

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

Staff are included in establishing organizational mission, vision, and/or goals through town halls and listening sessions.
Staff advisory council is involved in establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives.
Staff advisory council, staff representation, and staff listening sessions are included in strategic and long-term planning.
Staff listening groups are typically included in building design.


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:

The Faculty Senate is empowered by its Constitution to be the primary body through which the faculty participate in the shared governance of the University of Denver. The Senate is composed of approximately 50 Members who are elected to represent the academic units of the University.


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:

The Faculty Senate President,is a representative ex officio to the Board of Trustees. The Faculty Senate Chair of the Financial Planning Committee, member ex officio of the Board of Trustees Finance and Budget Committee. Three faculty senators representatives to the Board of Trustees Committee on Faculty and Educational Affairs, one of the three representatives to the Board of Trustees Committee on Faculty and Educational Affairs may be a faculty member who is not a Senator.


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:

Faculty are involved in establishing organizational mission, vision, and goals, new policies, programs, or initiative, strategic and long-term planning, and existing or prospective physical resources through town halls and listening sessions, and as representatives to the Board of Trustees. As elected representatives to the board of trustees, faculty have a voice in budgeting, staffing, and financial planning, communications processes and transparency practices, and the prioritization of programs and projects.


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

Additional governance information is available for:
Board of Trustees
http://www.du.edu/explore/about/board/governance.html

Staff Advisory Council
http://www.du.edu/staff/about/index.html

Undergraduate Student Government
http://www.du.edu/usg/aboutus/index.html

Graduate Student Government
http://www.du.edu/gsg/

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