Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.11
Liaison R. Johnston
Submission Date March 10, 2014
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University of Missouri, Kansas City
PA-3: Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 R. Kaye Johnston
Sustainability Coordinator
Campus Facilities
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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 UMKC Student Government Association is dedicated to providing representation for all UMKC students. We serve as a liaison between the student body and the University of Missouri-Kansas City administration, faculty, and staff. Our goal is to act on the will of the majority while protecting the interest of the minority. The Student Government Association stands for all students of the University of Missouri-Kansas City in all matters that concern us


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 UMKC SGA leadership is voted on by the whole student body each fall semester.


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 purpose of the Student Government Association is to provide an orderly method of government representative of all students that acts on the will of the majority while protecting the interest of the minority and stands for all students of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), in all matters that concern them.
Section 2: The Mission of the Student Government Association is to stimulate the intellectual, political, cultural, and social growth of all students.
Section 3: The Operating Principles of the Student Government Association are:
A. To provide a forum to discuss issues that are vital to the welfare of UMKC students
B. To act as a liaison between UMKC administration and students
C. To link students with positive role models including UMKC faculty, staff and community
D. To provide opportunity for peer-to-peer networking, intellectual and social engagement and mentoring for all students at UMKC
The UMKC SGA has put forth a no smoking policy on campus that will go into effect in fall 2014.


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 mission of the UMKC Staff Council is to provide a forum of advocacy and outreach for all UMKC staff employees, to represent staff interests to the UMKC and UM System community and leadership, and to provide opportunities for recognition 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?:
Yes

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

The
UMKC
Staff Council shall be composed of 32-40 voting members, each serving
two year terms and rotating one half of the membership each year.

Staff Council is representative of all the University Staff. The annual election shall be held at the June meeting once the new Staff Council members have
begun their term with the order of election being Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary,
Treasurer, Vice Chair of Communications, and Vice Chair of Membership
. Any member of the Staff Council may submit independent nominations, provided such nominations are filed with the Secretary at least one week before the meeting of elections. Individuals making the nomination must have determined that the nominee consents to serve if elected. Each member may vote for one candidate only for each office. Candidates receiving a majority vote from those members present and voting shall be elected to the office. If no candidate receives a majority vote, the top two candidates shall be placed in a run off. When a tie exists for the run off positions, the tie shall be promptly determined by lot.


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:

All staff are encourage to join staff council at all meetings, participate in committees and even chair all committees if they choose. All staff are also part of the planning process under direction of the elected leadership.


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 UMKC Faculty Senate includes representation of all faculty including adjunct faculty and all are encourage to come to the bi-monthly meeting and participate in them.


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:

All the faculty senate representation is voted on faculty. Each department is asked to select potential candidates for office in March and by the end of spring semester all ballots are submitted to determine who will serve the following fall.


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:

The faculty senate has guided and supported the no smoking policy on campus that will go into effect fall 2014. Additionally, the senate was instrumental in the new parking fees implemented in June 2013 which included a sliding scale based upon salary.


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

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