Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.54
Liaison Jim Walker
Submission Date March 2, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Texas at Austin
PA-3: Inclusive and Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.38 / 3.00 Jim Walker
Director of Sustainability, Financial, and Administrative Services
University Operations
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Does the institution have formal participatory or shared governance bodies through which the following stakeholders can regularly participate in the governance of the institution?:
Yes or No
Students Yes
Academic staff Yes
Non-academic staff Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal participatory or shared governance bodies:

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

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.
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/


Total number of individuals on the institution’s highest governing body:
9

Number of students representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
1

Number of academic staff representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
0

Number of non-academic staff representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
0

Number of women serving as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
2

Percentage of official members of the highest governing body that are women:
22.22

Website URL where information about the institution’s highest governing body may be found:
Does the institution host or support one or more formal bodies through which external stakeholders have a regular voice in institutional decisions that affect them?:
No

A brief description of the campus-community council or equivalent body that gives external stakeholders a regular voice in institutional decisions that affect them:
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Number of people from underrepresented groups serving as official members of the institution’s highest governing body.:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s governance structure is available:
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