Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 35.20
Liaison Laura Miller
Submission Date Aug. 1, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of New Haven
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 3.00 Mario Pierce
Director of Campus Space Management
Office of Facilities
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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?:
No

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 New Haven has both an Undergraduate Student Government Association (USGA) and Graduate Student Government Association (GSGA). Each government association is responsible for representing the student body at the University of New Haven. The elected leaders of both governance groups attend and present their respective association activities to the Board of Governance twice a year.


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?:
No

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 New Haven has an Administrative Staff Council that meets once a month to discuss important issues. While they don’t have an elected representative, individuals from the Staff Council attend and represent the University of New Haven staff at the Board of Governance meetings on campus.


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? :
No

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 New Haven has a Faculty Senate that meets once a month to discuss pertinent issues. While they don’t have an elected representative, the Faculty Senate Officers attend and represent the University’s faculty at the Board of Governance meetings on campus.


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:
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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) Yes

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):

Since its inception in 2011, Allingtown Neighborhood Development Coalition’s mission is to revitalize the Allingtown neighborhood by addressing issues in economic development, blighted properties, bulk-trash pickup, and the street. The coalition was the result of year–long conversations between the city and the University of New Haven to help find ways for the entire city, specifically the Allingtown neighborhood to grow. The coalition’s objective has been to turn the area surrounding the University of New Haven into a “college town” and make the community a better place for individuals to both live and work there.

https://www.nhregister.com/news/article/Allingtown-Neighborhood-Coalition-details-recent-11505465.php

The University of New Haven’s Chief Facilities Officer, Lou Annino, became the institution's representative on the Steering Committee of the West Haven Planning and Development Office. Under the guidance of the city’s boards and commissions, the Steering Committee seeks to improve the Allingtown neighborhood by adding pedestrian walkways, greenways, bike paths, and mass transit. To date, the committee has accomplished the following:
• Public Investments:
o Campbell & Main Intersection Redesign: Re-paved and re-painted pedestrian accessible ramps and call buttons
o West Haven TOD Plan: Transit-oriented development around West Haven Station; improved connections to downtown New Haven.
• Private Investments:
o The Atwood: Construction of 18,000 sf retail space and 67 residential units in first of two phases.

The University of New Haven is a member Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges (CCIC). The CCIC represents 15 accredited nonprofit independent colleges and universities in Connecticut. Each institution is bound by a common commitment to quality instruction and dedicated to collaborative efforts that strengthen the independent sector of higher education in Connecticut. CCIC serves its member institutions through government relations, public policy development, research analysis, communications and coordinated member services. The presidents of each member institution comprise the CCIC Board. The purposes of CCIC are:
• To articulate the public benefit of independent higher education at both the state and national levels and inform public policy decisions relating to the interests of member institutions;
• To meet the workforce needs and enhance the economy of Connecticut by collaborating with the business community on the development of statewide and institutional programs and activities that promote academic excellence and opportunities for growth;
• To preserve the autonomy and independence of CCIC member colleges and universities; and,
• To facilitate cooperative efforts among member institutions aimed at improving services or reducing costs.

The most current legislative agenda the CCIC is working on is as follows:
• Maintain Current Tax Status of CCIC Institutions
o CCIC will work to ensure that current tax exemptions for non-profit independent colleges and universities remain intact.
• Advocate for the Independent Colleges to be Included in Economic Development Strategies
o CCIC will advocate to ensure that the independent college sector continues to be considered a key partner in state economic development strategies with a specific focus on educating policymakers around our capacity to support efforts to:
 Retain talent in Connecticut
 Align degree production with workforce needs
 Promote Innovation & Entrepreneurship
• Maintain Support for the Payment-in-Lieu-of-Taxes (PILOT) Program
o CCIC will seek to maintain or increase current appropriation levels for PILOT grants to municipalities.
• Advocate for Increased funding for need-based aid within the Roberta Willis Scholarship Program
o CCIC will work to maintain or increase funding for need-based aid under the Roberta Willis Scholarship Program.
• Leadership, Advocacy and Ongoing Review of Proposed Legislation
o CCIC will provide information to the General Assembly regarding the impact of independent colleges and universities on the educational, economic, and community life of Connecticut and its citizens. An ongoing review of all bills and amendments introduced during the legislative session will be conducted to determine whether there are impacts on independent colleges and universities. CCIC will take positions on legislation affecting member institutions as appropriate.


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