Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.72
Liaison Alex Frank
Submission Date Aug. 1, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Wisconsin-Madison
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 3.00 Alex Frank
Sustainability Analyst
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?:
No

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which students are engaged in governance, including information to support each affirmative response above:

The main body through which students are engaged in campus governance is the Associated Students of Madison (ASM, https://www.asm.wisc.edu/).

ASM is composed of roughly 50 elected or appointed students, 50 student employees, 12 professional staff members, and 200 student appointees on committees that hold legal rights to recommend university policies, budgets, and candidates for UW employment. ASM allocates approximately $51 million in segregated university fees each year and is responsible for management of the Student Activity Center, distribution of the student bus pass, and the day to day operations of StudentPrint. ASM is not a Registered Student Organization. The roles of ASM can be divided into three categories: direct action, governance, and service.

The Student Council, a branch of ASM is comprised of 33 elected representatives and is chiefly responsible for exercising the legislative powers and duties as stipulated by Wisconsin State Statute 36.09(5) (addressing shared governance).


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 Congress is the largest representative shared governance body for university staff at UW-Madison (https://ous.wisc.edu/congress-2/).

Congress is the final decision-making body in the university staff shared governance process. This applies to any questions forwarded to it by the University Staff Central Committee or any standing, ad-hoc, Chapter 6, or other shared governance committee or group.

Individual members of Congress regularly solicit opinions from their districts and provide updates on shared governance developments, as well as inform employees of opportunities to participate in upcoming events, forums, listening sessions, focus groups, and elections. In addition, employees are encouraged to provide feedback to their representatives.

UW-Madison academic staff also participate in shared governance. The Academic Staff Assembly is an elected body, currently made up of 112 districts that represent the interests of academic staff in governance and policy development at UW-Madison (https://acstaff.wisc.edu/governance/assembly). The Assembly debates and votes on policy issues affecting academic staff presented by the Academic Staff Executive Committee, members of Assembly Standing Committees, or the Assembly.

Each academic staff member is assigned to a district that is represented in the Assembly by an elected representative. District assignments are based on two considerations: 1) the staff member’s job code (title), and 2) the employee’s division and department. Representatives are elected for two-year terms; there is no limit on the number of terms they can serve.


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:

At UW-Madison faculty is vested with responsibility for the immediate governance of the university, subject to the responsibilities and powers of the chancellor and under other provisions of Wisconsin State Statute 36.09(5) (addressing shared governance) and actively participates in university policy development. As such, the faculty has primary responsibility for academic and educational activities and for faculty personnel matters.

The faculty exercises these rights through an elected body, the Faculty Senate (https://secfac.wisc.edu/governance/faculty-senate/).


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:
The policies and procedures:

The Campus Neighborhood Association and UW-Madison Design Review Board are the formal mechanisms by-which UW-Madison engages external stakeholders in institutional decisions that affect the community.

(For details, see Page 14 and pages 18 - 21 on the attached which is also available here: https://fpmcpla.wiscweb.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2018/09/UW-MadisonCampusDesignGuidelines-Aug2017-web.pdf)


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:
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