Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.04
Liaison Troy Goodnough
Submission Date March 30, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Minnesota, Morris
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 3.00 Troy Goodnough
Sustainability Director
Office of 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:

The University of Minnesota, Morris has a shared governance structure. The governance structure is detailed in the UMM Constitution. Student, faculty, and staff ALL elect their own representatives to the UMM Campus Assembly. Faculty, staff and students all participate on the UMM Campus Assembly, which meets several times during the academic year. In addition to the UMM Campus Assembly, there are several UMM committees that constitute the shared governance structure at Morris. All constituent groups are represented on committees that help with campus visioning, planning, budgeting, communications and program prioritization work. In addition to the UMM Campus Assembly, U of M students select their own student representatives to the U of M Student Senate and U of M (Systemwide) Senate. UMM students are also elected by their peers to the U of M Board of Regents.
These links provide some additional data about our UMM structure, the U of M Student Senate, and U of M Systemwide Senate:
https://committees.morris.umn.edu/sites/committees.morris.umn.edu/files/campusconstitution-may2017.pdf
http://committees.morris.umn.edu/
http://digitalcommons.morris.umn.edu/campgov/
http://usenate.umn.edu/student-senate/student-senate-senators
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwYKgI1XNObyT19veWFtV1VJMjQ/view
https://regents.umn.edu/about-board/student-representatives-board-regents

The University of Minnesota, Morris has a shared governance structure. The governance structure is detailed in the Morris Constitution. Faculty, staff and students all participate on the Campus Assembly, which meets several times during the academic year. In addition to the Assembly, there are several committees that constitute the shared governance structure at Morris. All constituent groups are represented on committees that help with campus visioning, planning, budgeting, communications and program prioritization work.


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?:
Yes

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

The University of Minnesota, Morris has a shared governance structure. The governance structure is detailed in the Morris Constitution. Faculty, staff and students all participate on the Campus Assembly, which meets several times during the academic year. In addition to the Assembly, there are several committees that constitute the shared governance structure at Morris. All constituent groups are represented on committees that help with campus visioning, planning, budgeting, communications and program prioritization work.


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 University of Minnesota, Morris has a shared governance structure. The governance structure is detailed in the Morris Constitution. Faculty, staff and students all participate on the Campus Assembly, which meets several times during the academic year. In addition to the Assembly, there are several committees that constitute the shared governance structure at Morris. All constituent groups are represented on committees that help with campus visioning, planning, budgeting, communications and program prioritization work.


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:

The Chancellor at UMM during the past 3-year STARS period had two advisory committees. The first is the Chancellor's Advisory Committee, with membership drawn from local organizations. The second is the American Indian Advisory Committee, with representatives from regional tribal organizations. We now have a new Chancellor, who is creating new structures.

Additionally, Minnesota has an open meeting law. The Morris campus is subject to this law. Citizens are welcome to attend Campus Assembly and committee meetings.

More details about the use of this law:

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/hrd/pubs/openmtg.pdf


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 No
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):
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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For the UMM campus, the Campus Assembly is our "highest governing body". The powers and responsibilities granted to Campus Assembly include: To establish appropriate policies, procedures, and regulations governing the campus and to act on all issues that materially affect the campus as a whole. Areas included are institutional mission, organizational structure, allocation of resources, budget, curriculum, academic support services, faculty development, honors, functions, admissions, retention, graduation, study abroad, student services, athletics, student activities, awards, financial aid, student behavior, and campus events.

Read more here: https://committees.morris.umn.edu/assembly

These links provide additional data about our structure:
https://committees.morris.umn.edu/about-campus-assembly
https://committees.morris.umn.edu/sites/committees.morris.umn.edu/files/campusconstitution-may2017.pdf
http://committees.morris.umn.edu/
http://digitalcommons.morris.umn.edu/campgov/

Additionally, the Morris campus is part of the U of M system and participates in shared governance via the U of M University Senate. The University Senate has representatives from faculty, students, professional and administrative staff, and civil service staff.

The University Senate contains within it four senates: the Faculty Senate, the Student Senate, the Academic Professionals and Administrators (P&A) Senate, and the Civil Service Senate.

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