Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.65
Liaison John Gardner
Submission Date Nov. 27, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 3.00 Kate Nelson
Chief Sustainability Officer
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:

UWM Student Association (SA) is the main student governing tool for students at UWM (part of shared governance 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.


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:

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.


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 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.


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 Yes
Private sector organizations Yes
Civil society (e.g. NGOs, NPOs) Yes

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):

The Board of Visitors is an advisory group established at UWM to help build momentum in the community for the university. The current model for the Board of Visitors was established by the Board of Regents in 1978 and states the board must be populated by community leaders not employed by the university. Board members serve as ambassadors, assisting the university in discovering and promoting ways to integrate the institution’s intellectual assets with community aspirations. Members are asked to become informed about UWM’s mission, purpose and achievements, so as to serve as better advocates of the university. The overall objective is to increase the awareness of UWM regionally, nationally and internationally. The board will advise the chancellor on community and regional needs, and keep the chancellor informed on the community’s attitudes, opinions, concerns and expectations of the university. Board members also advise and assist in communicating with faculty, prospective students, parents, alumni, government officials and the general public. They strive to improve the university’s overall level of service to society.

See the website for a list of the members of the Board of Visitors at: https://uwm.edu/externalrelations/board-of-visitors-2/


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