Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.33
Liaison Brad Spanbauer
Submission Date Jan. 29, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 3.00 Brian Kermath
Sustainability Director
Sustainability Office
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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 Oshkosh Student Association is the student government that represents all students regarding issues and policies relating to academic and non-academic scores. Established in 1959, we are an advocate for the best interests of the students at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. The State of Wisconsin affords all students the opportunity to provide input in all operations of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

OSA is instrumental in voicing the opinions of the student body to University faculty, University of Wisconsin System administration, and the state and federal governments. OSA currently supports and allocates budgets to approximately 150 student organizations at UW Oshkosh. Along with allocating funds, OSA also oversees approval of new student organizations.


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:

All units and employment categories have governance representation.

1. UW Oshkosh Senate of Academic Staff
The Senate of Academic Staff at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh represents academic staff through conversations, meetings, sessions and decisions, which impact our work environment at the University.

The Senate is made up of 15 senators, with five senators serving on the executive committee. Feel free to contact your senators to share your ideas, suggestions or concerns.

What We Do
The Senate of Academic Staff shall:

Supervise and conduct the election of members to this Senate;
Elect its own officers;
Schedule and conduct its own meetings;
Form and revise its own bylaws and rules of proceedings;
Advise the Chancellor on matters pertaining to the UW System Unclassified Personnel Guidelines No. 7 which deals with designating positions as "academic staff;"
Advise the Chancellor on policies and procedures for the academic staff adopted pursuant to UW System 9-14, and prepare and propose for the Chancellor's approval needed changes in the policies and procedures;
Serve as a hearing body (see GOV 4.3.B); and
Perform such other tasks as it deems appropriate to its status as an active participant in the immediate governance of, and policy development for, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, subject to the responsibilities and powers of the Chancellor, the faculty and the students.

2. The University Staff Senate is a collective voice for administrative and professional workers of the university staff on campus. We support a variety of activities and initiatives to improve the quality of life and effectiveness of the university’s dedicated and valuable staff.


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:

The Faculty Senate is the primary governing body for the faculty in the University's system of shared governance.
The Senate actively participates in the study, formulation, development, enactment and review of the institution's policies.
The Senate is responsible for cooperative institutional governance, effective communication (constituencies, administrators, etc.), and administrative oversight, and it exercises participatory rights over budgetary matters.
The Senate acts as a voice for all university faculty, represents their interests and maintains their prerogatives.
The Senate is the official organization through which the faculty can assert their primary responsibility for all academic and educational activities as well as faculty personnel matters.
As the faculty's leading representative body, it has all the powers vested in the faculty except for those reserved by the Constitution or delegated to university committees, colleges, schools, departments or equivalent units.


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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