Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.07
Liaison Erin Akins
Submission Date March 5, 2020
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STARS v2.1

University of Saskatchewan
PA-3: Participatory Governance

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Complete 1.75 / 3.00 Erin Akins
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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 are included in all three of tricameral governing bodies.

The student-elected President of the University of Saskatchewan Students' Union (USSU) is a member of the Board of Governors. The USSU is the representative body for all University of Saskatchewan undergraduate, extension and certificate students that represent the academic and non-academic interests of U of S undergraduate students.

University Council includes one elected student representing each college and each affiliated federated college. Students are elected from their respective colleges.

University Senate includes six undergraduate student and one graduate student. The undergraduate students are elected by students registered in colleges other than the College of Graduate Studies and Research. The graduate student is elected by students registered in that College.

The University of Saskatchewan follows a tricameral governance structure, which means that it has three governing bodies. All three governing bodies are bound by the University of Saskatchewan Act to make decisions that are in the best interests of the university overall and are all considered to be at the highest level of governance. This governance structure includes:

Board of Governors is responsible for fiscal issues and consists of the Chancellor, the President of the University, five members appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor-in-Council, two members elected by the Senate, one student (Student Union President), and one faculty member.

University Council is responsible for academic issues and consists of 116 members: the President, Provost and Vice-President (Academic), two faculty members, representing each college and affiliated and federated colleges and the Library, one elected student representing each college and each affiliated and federated college and 54 faculty members at large.

Senate is responsible for public issues and includes the present and former Chancellors, the president and vice-presidents of the university, the Minister of Advanced Education, the Deputy Minister, principals of federated and affiliated colleges, deans or acting deans of colleges, 14 electoral district members, 14 members-at-large, six undergraduate students, one graduate student, and representatives of professional societies, groups or organizations with a demonstrated interest in furthering the goals of higher education and research at the university.


Do the institution’s staff members have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a staff council)?:
No

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:
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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:

Our tricameral governance structure means that three governing bodies are bound by the University of Saskatchewan Act to make decisions that are in the best interests of the university overall and are all considered to be at the highest level of governance. These three governing bodies are the Board of Governors, University Council and Senate. There is faculty representation on both the Board of Governors and University Council.

The Board of Governors is responsible for fiscal issues and administers and manages property, revenues and finances. The Board of Governors consists of the Chancellor, the President of the University, five members appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor-in-Council, two members elected by the Senate, one student, and one faculty member. The faculty member is elected by members of the assembly who are faculty members.

University Council oversees and directs the university’s academic affairs. University Council consists of the President, Provost and Vice-President (Academic), two faculty members representing each college and affiliated and federated colleges and the Library, one elected student representing each college and each affiliated and federated college and 54 faculty members at large. The faculty members representing each college or affiliated and federated college are members of the college and have been elected by the members of the college.

Senate is responsible for public issues; giving graduates, the community and key stakeholders a voice in university affairs.


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 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):

Local government, private sector and public sector organizations participate in the University's governance through our University Senate. Senate is composed of the present and former Chancellors, the president and vice-presidents of the university, the Minister of Advanced Education, the Deputy Minister, principals of federated and affiliated colleges, deans or acting deans of colleges, and such other deans of academic and student affairs and such directors as nominated by the president and approved by the Senate, 14 electoral district members, 14 members-at-large, six undergraduate students, one graduate student, and representatives of professional societies, groups or organizations in the province which in the opinion of the Senate contribute in a significant way to the social, economic and cultural welfare of the Province and have a demonstrated interest in furthering the goals of higher education and research at the university.

Under The University of Saskatchewan Act, 1995, Senate is responsible for recommendations regarding the establishment or disestablishment of any college, school, or department; appointing examiners for and making bylaws respecting the conduct of examinations for professional societies; the granting of honorary degrees; and non-academic student discipline.

The following organizations are represented on the University of Saskatchewan Senate:

Saskatchewan School Boards Association
Saskatchewan Physiotherapy Association
Saskatchewan Professional Planners Institutes
Law Society of Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan League of Educational Administrators
University of Regina Alumni Association
Provincial Council of Women of Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Library Association
Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Saskatchewan
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Association of Recreation Professionals
Chiropractors’ Association of Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Registered Music Teachers’ Association
Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists
Nature Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association
Saskatchewan Women's Institutes
Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy Professionals
Saskatchewan Federation of Labour
Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce
Assemblée Communantaire Fransakoise
Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA)
University of Saskatchewan Alumni Association
Saskatchewan Association of Architects
Saskatchewan Association of Optometrists
Saskatchewan Association of School Councils
Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of SK
Canadian Federation of University Women (Regional Council)
Council of Regional Colleges
Saskatchewan Dieticians Association
Congress (Saskatchewan Provincial Council)
Saskatchewan Society of Occupational Therapists
Federation of Saskatchewan Indigenous Nations
Saskatchewan Library Trustees' Association
Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild
Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities
Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation
Registered Psychiatric Nurses’ Assoc. of Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Arts Board
Association of Saskatchewan Home Economists
College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan
Interior Designers Association of Saskatchewan
Metis Nation-Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan College of Psychologists
Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association


The following regional districts are represented on the University of Saskatchewan Senate:
Weyburn – Estevan - Carlyle
Chaplin – Moose Jaw - Rockglen
Leader – Climax – Swift Current
Kenaston – Indian Head – Moosomin
Kindersley – Delisle – Lucky Lake
Wynyard – Yorkton - Esterhazy
Unity – Duck Lake – Watrous
LaLoche–Green Lake– Battleford
Nipawin - Melfort – Hudson Bay
North East Saskatchewan
Prince Albert and East
North West Saskatchewan
Saskatoon
Regina

The following elected members-at-large sit on the University of Saskatchewan Senate:
Davida Bentham
Susanne Berg
Nicole Conan
Dan Danielson
Brooks DeCillia
Leah Howie
Cecile Hunt
Nicholas Kaminski
Victoria Jurgens
Kelley Moore
Chandran (Bud) Sambasivam
Michelle Thompson
Christine Wesolowski
Fred Wesolowski

The following students sit on the University of Saskatchewan Senate:
Jackson Andrews
Michael Aman
Robert Henderson
Emma Ashworth
Jonathan Heppner
Mery Mendoza

Ex-Officio Membership of Senate:
Jane Alcorn Dean, College of Pharmacy & Nutrition
Jim Basinger Interim Vice-Provost Faculty Relations
Tina Beaudry-Mellor Minister of Advanced Education
Lois Berry Interim Dean, College of Nursing
Peta Bonham-Smith Dean, College of Arts and Science
Doug Brothwell Dean, College of Dentistry
Mary Buhr Dean, Agriculture & Bioresources
Karen Chad Vice-President Research
Trever Crowe Interim Dean, Graduate Studies & Research
Blaine Favel Chancellor Emeritus
Greg Fowler Vice-President Finance and Resources
Douglas Freeman Dean, Western College of Veterinary Medicine
Robert Harasmychuk President, St. Peter's College
Bill Harrison President, Lutheran Theological Seminary
Russell Isinger University Registrar
Melissa Just Dean, University Library
Suzanne Kresta Dean, Engineering
Jim Lee Director, International Office
Chad London Dean, College of Kinesiology
Iain Luke Principal, College of Emmanuel & St. Chad
Richard Manley-Tannis Principal, St. Andrew's College
Jeromey Martini President, Horizon College & Seminary
Geordy McCaffrey Executive Director, Gabriel Dumont College
Grit McCreath (chair) Chancellor
Patti McDougall Vice-Provost, Teaching, Learning and Student Experience
Peggy McKercher Chancellor Emerita
Mark McLoughlin Deputy Minister of Advanced Education
Jacqueline Ottmann Vice-Provost Indigenous Engagement
Michael Pawelke President, Briercrest College & Seminary
Vera Pezer Chancellor Emerita
Martin Phillipson Dean, College of Law
Debra Pozega Osburn Vice-President University Relations
Michelle Prytula Dean, College of Education
Roy Romanow Chancellor Emeritus
Preston Smith Dean, College of Medicine
Carl Still Interim President, St. Thomas More College
Peter Stoicheff President
Tony Vannelli Provost & Vice-President Academic
Keith Willoughby Dean, Edwards School of Business


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