Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.06
Liaison Meredith Moore
Submission Date March 17, 2015
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University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
PA-3: Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Stephanie Lage
Assistant Director
Ctr for Sustainable Environment
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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:

Besides the Illinois Student Senate, 50 students serve on the faculty senate at Urbana-Champaign. In addition, one student senator serves as a voting member on the Board of Trustees.


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:

Those who serve on the Illinois Student Senate are elected by the student body.


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:

There are numerous opportunities for students to be involved in decision making on campus. Through a selection process, students may serve on any number of campus committees. The Student Sustainability Committee is a prime example. This committee reviews its mission and goals with each new academic year, and has subcommittees to develop or revise policies for the whole committee to discuss and vote on.


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:

The Council of Academic Professionals is an elected assembly serving the interests of full-time, part-time, and retired academic professionals at Illinois. We provide direct and concerted communication between academic professional staff and administrative officers of the University.


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:

The Staff Advisory Council consists of eight elected members representing each of the staff job groups on campus (clerical and secretarial, skilled crafts and trades, executive/administrative and managerial, service and maintenance, and technical and paraprofessional) and appointed representatives from various campus groups.

Any permanent, full-time staff employee is eligible for membership on the UIUC Staff Advisory Council. Membership of the full Council is composed of the eight elected employee representatives and special group representatives selected by the executive board.

The Council meets at least monthly and members are expected to attend all meetings. In addition to serving at Council meetings, members are asked to serve on special committees across the campus to provide input on behalf of staff employees.

Elected representatives serve four-year terms and special group representatives serve one-year terms. Annual elections are held in May. All employees eligible to vote are notified of the election and given instructions on how to become a candidate.


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 Council participates in many activities and serves on numerous boards and task forces across the campus. Many assignments include committees made up of the Council members who work on specific problems as well as special campus committees. Some of the campus committees served by the Council members have included the following:
Faculty/Staff Emergency Fund, Faculty/Staff Assistance Program, Parking Advisory Committee, and the State Universities Retirement System.


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:

Elections are held each year for faculty to serve on the Faculty Senate.


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:

Welcome to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Senate website.

The Senate of the Urbana-Champaign Campus is a legislative body comprised of about 200 faculty, 50 students, and eight other academic staff members. Duties of Senate committees are specified in the Senate Bylaws.


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 Advisory Committee
(a) Duties
The Faculty Advisory Committee shall provide for the orderly voicing of suggestions for the good of the University, afford added recourse for the consideration of grievances, and furnish a channel for direct and concerted communication between the academic staff and the administrative officers of the University, its colleges, schools, institutes, divisions, and other administrative units on matters of interest or concern to the academic staff or any member of it. The Faculty Advisory Committee operates under its own Articles of Procedure.
(b) Membership
The Committee shall consist of nine tenured faculty members.
Recent topics include the proposal to establish a college of medicine, and a resolution relating to academic freedom.


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

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