Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.94
Liaison Trey McDonald
Submission Date Oct. 13, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of San Diego
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.75 / 3.00 Michael Catanzaro
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:

Elected students (graduate and undergraduate) sit on some of the various Board of Trustees committees. These include finance, student affairs, academics and others. Students are chosen for committees from their elected positions on the Associated Student (AS) Government. (e.g. The AS Vice President for Finance sits on the finance committee of the board of trustees). This is true at the graduate and undergraduate level.


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:

In recognition of the critical role that employees play in the life and success of the University of San Diego, the Community of Human Resources (CHR@USD) was formed. CHR@USD has a very broad cross-campus constituency that includes faculty, staff and administrators.

Our Mission Statement

The Community of Human Resources creates excitement and engagement for the diverse employees of USD by cultivating a culture of care through activities and programs that promote service leadership, rewards and recognition, and community outreach.

http://www.sandiego.edu/chr/


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 Senate is a forum for faculty input on matters of significance to the university. Our senate consists of senators elected by the faculty, the academic deans, provost, and president, a representative of the associated students, a graduate student and a law student representative. The senate welcomes ideas from faculty regarding how the university might improve. If members of the community have concerns or ideas, they can contact the senate chair, members of the Executive Committee or their senate representative. Elections for the senate occur each spring, and Executive Committee officers are elected each September.

Senate jurisdiction extends to policies that affect more than one unit at the university, such as the undergraduate general education program; the quality of studies; policies pertaining to faculty appointment, reappointment, rank, and tenure; policies regarding faculty status, including all the conditions of appointment that go along with faculty status; general student welfare; and honorary degrees. The Senate Constitution and Bylaws are published in the University Policy and Procedures Manual. Senate meetings are open to the entire university community and generally occur on every other week.

Each year, several senators are appointed by their peers to serve on committees of the Board of Trustees, the highest university governing body at USD. These senators are:

Vidya Nadkarni, Academic Affairs Committee
Reyes Quezada, Athletics Committee
Steve Sumner, Finance Committee
Carl Rebman, Student Affairs Committee


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?:
Yes

A copy of the written policies and procedures:
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The policies and procedures:

******As part of the new strategic directions for the university, USD calls out the importance of engaging the communities in decision making under "Anchor Institution."
The goal is to "Engage our communities in deep, democratic and meaningful partnerships, with a shared vision and collaborative effort."

Specific drafts of the different types of engagement are available on request.


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 Yes
Private sector organizations Yes
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):

Deans and Centers on campus all have boards that represent all of these organizations.

Examples include:
- Law (EPIC): http://www.sandiego.edu/law/centers/epic/about/board-advisors.php
- Kroc School of Peace Studies: http://www.sandiego.edu/peace/about/board-of-advisors.php
- The Nonprofit Institute: https://www.sandiego.edu/soles/nonprofit/who-we-are/advisory-board.php


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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