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Liaison Meghna Tare
Submission Date July 12, 2016
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University of Texas at Arlington
EN-13: Community Stakeholder Engagement

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Complete Expired Meghna Tare
Director
Office of Sustainability
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Has the institution adopted a framework for community stakeholder engagement in governance, strategy and operations?:
Yes

A brief description of the policies and procedures that ensure community stakeholder engagement is applied systematically and regularly across the institution’s activities:

At UT Arlington, engaging with people and organizations
through dialogue, partnerships, and collaborations is at theheart of all we do. Our key stakeholder groups are those that
have the greatest likelihood of impacting, or being impacted by,
the University’s mission and operations: from the students who
choose UT Arlington to meet their educational and career goals
to the individuals and organizations that fund and support our
mission; from the businesses on which we rely for goods and
services to those who hire our graduates or utilize our services.
Certainly, we also include our neighbors, with whom we share
the resources of North Texas.
We engage with stakeholder groups on campus and
off, through a variety of ways. Methods of engagement on
campus range from formal to informal. Representative
governance bodies, discussed on page 8, bring the voices of
key constituencies into University decision making. Open
communication through town-hall meetings and other forums
encourages dialogue on key topics of concern to a range of
stakeholders. Surveys and online submission forms including
course evaluations and student satisfaction surveys that measure
our effectiveness in meeting student needs, provide a systematic
method to collect and analyze stakeholder feedback and identify
areas for improvement. Social media channels, such as Facebook,
Twitter, and YouTube, provide additional ways to connect.
Internal Stakeholder Groups
■ The University of Texas System
■ The UT System Board of Regents
■ Development Board
■ Advisory Boards
■ University administration
■ Faculty
■ Staff members
external Stakeholder Groups
■ State of Texas, including taxpayers and local, regional,
and federal governmental agencies
■ City of Arlington and other local and regional
governments
■ Current and prospective students, and their families
■ Alumni associations
■ Donors and funders
■ Key vendors and suppliers of goods and services
■ Non-governmental organizations, including those
representing the interests of the regional air and
watersheds, habitats, and wildlife
■ Partners and collaborators
■ Regional businesses
■ North Texas residents


A brief description of how the institution identifies and engages community stakeholders, including any vulnerable or underrepresented groups:

At UT Arlington, engaging with people and organizations
through dialogue, partnerships, and collaborations is at theheart of all we do. Our key stakeholder groups are those that
have the greatest likelihood of impacting, or being impacted by,
the University’s mission and operations: from the students who
choose UT Arlington to meet their educational and career goals
to the individuals and organizations that fund and support our
mission; from the businesses on which we rely for goods and
services to those who hire our graduates or utilize our services.
Certainly, we also include our neighbors, with whom we share
the resources of North Texas.
We engage with stakeholder groups on campus and
off, through a variety of ways. Methods of engagement on
campus range from formal to informal. Representative
governance bodies, discussed on page 8, bring the voices of
key constituencies into University decision making. Open
communication through town-hall meetings and other forums
encourages dialogue on key topics of concern to a range of
stakeholders. Surveys and online submission forms including
course evaluations and student satisfaction surveys that measure
our effectiveness in meeting student needs, provide a systematic
method to collect and analyze stakeholder feedback and identify
areas for improvement. Social media channels, such as Facebook,
Twitter, and YouTube, provide additional ways to connect.
Internal Stakeholder Groups
■ The University of Texas System
■ The UT System Board of Regents
■ Development Board
■ Advisory Boards
■ University administration
■ Faculty
■ Staff members
external Stakeholder Groups
■ State of Texas, including taxpayers and local, regional,
and federal governmental agencies
■ City of Arlington and other local and regional
governments
■ Current and prospective students, and their families
■ Alumni associations
■ Donors and funders
■ Key vendors and suppliers of goods and services
■ Non-governmental organizations, including those
representing the interests of the regional air and
watersheds, habitats, and wildlife
■ Partners and collaborators
■ Regional businesses
■ North Texas residents


List of identified community stakeholders:

Internal Stakeholder Groups
■ The University of Texas System
■ The UT System Board of Regents
■ Development Board
■ Advisory Boards
■ University administration
■ Faculty
■ Staff members
external Stakeholder Groups
■ State of Texas, including taxpayers and local, regional,
and federal governmental agencies
■ City of Arlington and other local and regional
governments
■ Current and prospective students, and their families
■ Alumni associations
■ Donors and funders
■ Key vendors and suppliers of goods and services
■ Non-governmental organizations, including those
representing the interests of the regional air and
watersheds, habitats, and wildlife
■ Partners and collaborators
■ Regional businesses
■ North Texas residents


A brief description of successful community stakeholder engagement outcomes from the previous three years:

Stakeholder Feedback- As part of the materiality assessment process undertaken for
UTA's GRI report, a team of Sustainability Studies students, working
under the guidance of the Office of Sustainability and external
sustainability reporting consultants, conducted an anonymous
survey to identify and rank sustainability topics of the greatest
importance to a sample of key stakeholders. The team received
291 responses: 47 percent were internal stakeholders (faculty,
staff, and administration) and 53 percent were external
stakeholders (primarily students along with student families,
prospective students, government representatives, local
businesses, and self-described ‘others’).
Respondents were asked to rank a variety of economic,
environmental, and social topics. The top three issues for each
category, based on overall ranking score, are shown below. All of
these topics are covered in the report.
The stakeholder survey also captured comments, suggestions,
and observations from survey respondents—some positive, and
others not so positive. We have included a balanced sampling of
survey respondent comments throughout the report. In general,
the greatest areas of concern are the need for more public
transportation options, more recycling bins across campus,
and more communication about sustainability efforts. We are
working to improve these areas through a variety of efforts, all of
which are discussed in this report.


The website URL where information about the institution’s community stakeholder engagement framework and activities is available:
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