Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.23
Liaison Jim Walker
Submission Date June 14, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Texas at Austin
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 3.00 Jim Walker
Director of Sustainability, Financial, and Administrative Services
University Operations
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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:

The university has many and diverse opportunities for undergraduates and graduate students to participate in campus governance. Most of these are administratively organized with the Dean of Students. Student Government and the Senate of College Councils are the two main legislative bodies sponsored by Student Affairs.
http://deanofstudents.utexas.edu/sg/

The Board of Regents, the governing body for The University of Texas System, is composed of nine members who are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. Terms for Regents are scheduled for six years each and staggered so that three members' terms will usually expire on February 1 of odd-numbered years. In addition, the Governor appoints a Student Regent for a one-year term. The student regent applicants are first selected by the student government organization on campus, which solicits applicants.

https://www.utsystem.edu/institutions
https://www.utsystem.edu/offices/academic-affairs/ut-system-student-regent-selection-process


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 Staff Council provides this opportunity.
https://www.utexas.edu/staff/council/. Staff Council is a representative body but all staff may attend monthly open meetings and correspond with the officers.


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:

Faculty are sent to Faculty Council as representatives of an academic department. Issues are raised by any member of the body and should they reach consensus, a policy proposal is drafted and presented to the President and Provost, who approve or deny the proposals and implement the policy.

http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/


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) No

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