Overall Rating Expired
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Liaison John Gardner
Submission Date May 31, 2016
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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
PA-3: Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Kate Nelson
Chief Sustainability Officer
Office of Sustainability
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Do all enrolled students, regardless of type or status, have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies (through direct participation or the election of representatives)?:
Yes

A brief description of the mechanisms through which students have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies:

UWM Student Association (SA) is the main student governing tool for students at UWM. SA has several committees as well as seats on many faculty and staff committees. There is also SHAC, the Student Housing Administrative Council, that represent and support students in on-campus housing.


Is there at least one student representative on the institution’s governing body who was elected by peers or appointed by a representative student body or organization?:
Yes

A brief description of student representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:

All of Student Association is elected.


Do students have a formal role in decision-making in regard to the following?:
Yes or No
Establishing organizational mission, vision, and/or goals Yes
Establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives Yes
Strategic and long-term planning Yes
Existing or prospective physical resources Yes
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning Yes
Communications processes and transparency practices Yes
Prioritization of programs and projects Yes

A brief description of the formal student role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:

There are student seats on nearly all shared governance committees on campus. All of the above are handled through shared governance. In recent years, the most pressing matter for UW-Milwaukee was the extensive budget cut to UW System and to UW-Milwaukee itself. Goals were set, long term planning was enhanced, programs were prioritized, and all budgets were reviewed for how to cut $30 million over the following 2 years. Student Association was a part of every subcommittee that put together the budget plan of these difficult financial years.
SA also manages the student seg fee budget which has a great impact on the budget for parking and transportation as well as physical resources for buildings and development. SA voted and funded the Bublr Bikeshare system in 2015, putting aside $300,000 of student seg fee reserve funds for the project.


Do all staff, regardless of type or status, have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies (through direct participation or the election of representatives)?:
Yes

A brief description of the mechanisms through which all staff have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies:

Academic staff play a role in shared governance through the Academic Staff Senate, Academic Staff Committee, on several Standing Committees, Review Committees, Senate Subcommittees, and as representatives on many Faculty Standing Committees. University staff also have representation through the University Committee.


Is there at least one non-supervisory staff representative on the institution’s governing body who was elected by peers or appointed by a representative staff body or organization?:
Yes

A brief description of non-supervisory staff representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:

Yes, all positions for Academic Staff Committees are elected, including non-supervisory staff.


Do non-supervisory staff have a formal role in decision-making in regard to the following? :
Yes or No
Establishing organizational mission, vision, and/or goals Yes
Establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives Yes
Strategic and long-term planning Yes
Existing or prospective physical resources Yes
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning Yes
Communications processes and transparency practices Yes
Prioritization of programs and projects Yes

A brief description of the formal staff role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:

Shared governance calls for staff representation across all committees at UWM. All of the above are handled through shared governance. See links for the extensiveness of their roles. In recent years, the most pressing matter for UW-Milwaukee was the extensive budget cut to UW System and to UW-Milwaukee itself. Goals were set, long term planning was enhanced, programs were prioritized, and all budgets were reviewed for how to cut $30 million over the following 2 years. Staff were a part of every subcommittee that put together the budget plan of these difficult financial years.


Do all faculty, regardless of type or status, have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies (through direct participation or the election of representatives)?:
Yes

A brief description of the mechanisms through which all faculty (including adjunct faculty) have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies:

Faculty have a wider variety of representation through shared governance. Their representation is on the Faculty Senate, Divisional Committees, Special Committees, Standing Committees, and the University Committee.


Is there at least one teaching or research faculty representative on the institution’s governing body who was elected by peers or appointed by a representative faculty body or organization?:
Yes

A brief description of faculty representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:

Many positions are elected and some are appointed.


Do faculty have a formal role in decision-making in regard to the following?:
Yes or No
Establishing organizational mission, vision, and/or goals Yes
Establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives Yes
Strategic and long-term planning Yes
Existing or prospective physical resources Yes
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning Yes
Communications processes and transparency practices Yes
Prioritization of programs and projects Yes

A brief description of the formal faculty role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:

Shared governance calls for faculty representation across most committees at UWM. All of the above are handled through shared governance. See links for the extensiveness of their roles. In recent years, the most pressing matter for UW-Milwaukee was the extensive budget cut to UW System and to UW-Milwaukee itself. Goals were set, long term planning was enhanced, programs were prioritized, and all budgets were reviewed for how to cut $30 million over the following 2 years. Faculty were a large part of every subcommittee that put together the budget plan of these difficult financial years.


The website URL where information about the institution’s governance structure is available:

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