Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.58
Liaison Steve Mital
Submission Date May 18, 2017
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University of Oregon
PA-3: Governance

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Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Steve Mital
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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 ASUO Serves as the student-led and university-recognized student government at the University of Oregon. The primary function of the ASUO is to fulfil its mission through the recommendation and allocation of the student incidental fee (I-Fee), and the implementation of the programs set forth by use of this fee. The ASUO also serves as the primary campus mechanism through which students can express collective opinions on campus policies and procedures, as well as organize and advocate in campaigns to benefit student interests both on campus and throughout the wider community. Elections are held each year over four days in April.


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 ASUO Serves as the student-led and university-recognized student government at the University of Oregon. The primary function of the ASUO is to fulfil its mission through the recommendation and allocation of the student incidental fee (I-Fee), and the implementation of the programs set forth by use of this fee. The ASUO also serves as the primary campus mechanism through which students can express collective opinions on campus policies and procedures, as well as organize and advocate in campaigns to benefit student interests both on campus and throughout the wider community. Elections are held each year over four days in April.


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:

Student Senate is the policy making and funding body for the ASUO. Twenty-three Senators are elected to represent either an academic constituency or serve in a finance role, each one committing to either a one or two-year term. Every academic major has a Senator representing it, and there is also an ex-officio Senator who serves in a one-year appointed role and has the responsibility for representing first-year students. Senate oversees the Incidental Fund, which is the collection of student fees paid by students currently enrolled at UO.


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:

All staff may vote in elections for representatives to the UO senate. The Univeristy Senate shall consist of 51-54 voting members representing a total of six Constituent Groups. The groups (and the number of University Senate seats to be alloted to each group are: Statutory Faculty (37); Librarians (2); Officers of Administration (3); Students (5); Classified Staff (3); Career Non-Tenure-Track Research Faculty (1)


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:

Classified Staff and Officers of Administration are elected to the Faculty Senate.


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:

Classified staff, officers of adminstration, and officers of research participate in the UO Senate and the Senate Executive Committee and many other committees where they help shape policies, legislation, and resolutions that come before the Senate. They participate fully in debate and voting within the Senate.


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 University of Oregon Senate has authority to adopt legislation and enact policies regarding "academic matters as commonly understood in higher education" and may pass resolutions on any subject. Its authority is described in the University of Oregon Constitution which was ratified by the Faculty Assembly on December 07, 2011 and the UO President on December 15, 2011. Section 1.5 states that "The Statutory Faculty of the University of Oregon delegates its governance authority to the University Senate...". UO's governing body is the Board of Trustees (BOT) the membership of which is determined by Oregon's governor and legislature. The BOT does include a faculty member, but the faculty does not elect this member nor is the faculty member a voting member of the BOT unless the governor decides to allow this. On the other hand faculty do elect members to the UO Senate, which has advisory governance powers.


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 Faculty Senate has a dedicated seat for a career NTTF researcher teacher


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 University of Oregon Senate has authority to adopt legislation and enact policies regarding "academic matters as commonly understood in higher education" and may pass resolutions on any subject. Its authority is described in the University of Oregon Constitution which was ratified by the Faculty Assembly on December 07, 2011 and the UO President on December 15, 2011. Section 1.5 states that "The Statutory Faculty of the University of Oregon delegates its governance authority to the University Senate...". UO's governing body is the Board of Trustees (BOT) the membership of which is determined by Oregon's governor and legislature. The BOT does include a faculty member, but the faculty does not elect this member nor is the faculty member a voting member of the BOT unless the governor decides to allow this. On the other hand faculty do elect members to the UO Senate, which has advisory governance powers.


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