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Liaison Justin Mog
Submission Date Feb. 13, 2016
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University of Louisville
PA-3: Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired David Simpson
Chair
Urban & Public Affairs / Sustainability Council
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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 through the Student Senate is responsible for eliciting and expressing the opinions, suggestions, and recommendations of the student body of the University of Louisville. The Student Senate is responsible for continuing review of University policies and documents affecting students and shall make recommendations concerning these matters. The Student Senate shall determine the rules and procedures of the Student Government Association. The Student Government Association and the Student Senate shall operate under a written constitution and bylaws, as adopted by the Student Senate and subject to approval by the President of the University. The President of the Student Government Association is the President of the Student Body by virtue of a University-wide election.The Faculty Senate and Staff Senate shall select from their respective memberships one ex officio member and one ex officio alternate member of the Student Senate.


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 elected student body president is a member of the Board of Trustees and Faculty Senate Executive committee.


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:

The student body president is a member of the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate, which represents the governing body of the university. As such there is continuous student input to both the leadership and the ongoing discussions that are held at the monthly senate meetings.


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 Staff Senate is the officially-recognized governance group for all staff members at the University of Louisville. Established to strengthen the bond between staff members, the Senate also participates in the shared governance process with University Administration, the Faculty Senate, and the Student Government Association.
In its advisory role, the Staff Senate reviews University policies, programs and documents affecting staff, and makes recommendations to the Administration on issues that concern the welfare of the staff, as a whole.
The Staff Senate consists of seventy-five (75) Senators elected from and by their respective Vice President/Dean Areas (VPDAs). Each unit is allotted a number of representatives according to the formula determined in the by-laws of the Staff Senate.
Membership is open to all regular, full-time and/or regular part-time staff members who have at least six months of continuous University service. Senators are elected for a term of two years. Staff Senate applications are accepted at all times throughout the year.


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 elected Staff Senate Chair is a member of the Board of Trustees ("Staff Constituency Representative") and the Faculty Senate Executive Committee.


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 staff senate Chair is a member of the Executive Committee of the Faculty senate, which represents the governing body of the university. As such there is continuous staff input to both the leadership and the ongoing discussions that are held at the monthly senate meetings.


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 the officially-recognized governance group for all faculty members at the University of Louisville.
As such, the Faculty Senate participates in the shared governance process with the University Administration, the Staff Senate and the Student Government Association.
In its advisory role, the Faculty Senate reviews University policies and budgets, proposed academic programs, institutes and centers, and any documents affecting faculty, and makes recommendations to the Administration on issues of concern for the welfare of the faculty, as a whole.
The Faculty Senate consists of sixty-four (64) members, each elected by their unit. Membership is open to all faculty members. Each unit is allotted a number of representatives according to a formula determined in the bylaws of the Faculty Senate. Faculty Senators serve three year terms.
Part-time faculty are recognized as vital members of the academic community, and have the opportunity to serve on the Senate's Part-time Faculty Committee.


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 Chair of the Faculty Senate is a full-time faculty member, is elected by the Faculty Senate membership, and serves on the Board of Trustees ("Faculty Constituency Representative").


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 senators meet on a monthly basis and are the governing body of the university. All matters of policy, academic programming, and institutional issues, pass through the senate.


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

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