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Overall Score 69.30
Liaison Dave Barbier
Submission Date May 14, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 3.00 Shelly Janowski
Sustainability Coordinator
Facility Services
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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?:
Yes

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

All students of the university are members of the Student Government Association.
The Student Government Association is the shared governance representative of the student body on campus under WI State Statute 36.09(5). The mission is to work with faculty, staff, and administration in order to realize the full potential of our university and provide the best environment possible for the student body through the development of student organizations, innovative programs, and student-friendly policies. Shared governance is the idea that decisions concerning the way the campus is run should be made by those people most affected by the decisions. According to Wisconsin State Law the students, administration, faculty and academic staff may directly participate in, and affect the administration of the campus. Students may run for SGA office or join one of several faculty/student university committees.

The chancellor’s cabinet advises and makes recommendations to the chancellor. The SGA president sits on the cabinet.
The Chancellor's Cabinet if the highest governing body with ultimate authority at the site defined by the institutional boundary. UW-Stevens Point is part of a larger system with the Board of Regents involved in the institution's operation as well. The Chancellor's Cabinet has the most direct involvement in campus governance and is the highest authority at our particular location.


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?:
Yes

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

In 2014, the Classified Staff Council and Faculty Senate voted to establish a unified governance council called the Common Council, where each employee group (academic staff, classified/university staff and faculty) will have equal representation. A common Council Planning Committee was created.

Common Council is the representative body of academic staff, faculty, and university staff in UW-Stevens Point shared governance. Shared governance has traditionally played a strong role on the UW-Stevens Point campus. All university personnel (academic staff, faculty, and university staff) play an important role in recommending policies to the administration in many areas; academic activities are specifically faculty and academic staff's area of responsibility. Chancellor Patterson has demonstrated a commitment to strong shared governance, the success of which depends upon the administration's openness to listening to and consulting with university personnel, and university personnel's willingness to participate in this important responsibility.
https://www.uwsp.edu/commoncouncil/Pages/default.aspx

The Chancellor’s Cabinet advises and makes recommendations to the chancellor. The Common Council chair and Vice Chair have seats at the Chancellor's Cabinet, and each are elected. The Sustainability Coordinator is on the cabinet as well.

The Chancellor's Cabinet if the highest governing body with ultimate authority at the site defined by the institutional boundary. UW-Stevens Point is part of a larger system with the Board of Regents involved in the institution's operation as well. The Chancellor's Cabinet has the most direct involvement in campus governance and is the highest authority at our particular location.


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? :
Yes

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 derives its authority from 36.09(4) Wisconsin Statutes, which reads as follows: The faculty of each institution, subject to the responsibilities and powers of the board, the president, and the chancellor of such institution, shall be vested with responsibility for the immediate governance of such institution and shall actively participate in institutional policy development. As such, the faculty shall have the primary responsibility for academic and educational activities and faculty personnel matters. The faculty of each institution shall have the right to determine their (sic) own faculty organizational structure and to select representatives to participate in institutional governance.

In 2014, the Classified Staff Council and Faculty Senate voted to establish a unified governance council called the Common Council, where each employee group (academic staff, classified/university staff and faculty) will have equal representation. A common Council Planning Committee was created.

Common Council is the representative body of academic staff, faculty, and university staff in UW-Stevens Point shared governance. Shared governance has traditionally played a strong role on the UW-Stevens Point campus. All university personnel (academic staff, faculty, and university staff) play an important role in recommending policies to the administration in many areas; academic activities are specifically faculty and academic staff's area of responsibility. Chancellor Patterson has demonstrated a commitment to strong shared governance, the success of which depends upon the administration's openness to listening to and consulting with university personnel, and university personnel's willingness to participate in this important responsibility.
https://www.uwsp.edu/commoncouncil/Pages/default.aspx

The Chancellor’s Cabinet advises and makes recommendations to the chancellor. The Common Council chair and Vice Chair have seats at the Chancellor's Cabinet, and each are elected.
The Chancellor's Cabinet if the highest governing body with ultimate authority at the site defined by the institutional boundary. UW-Stevens Point is part of a larger system with the Board of Regents involved in the institution's operation as well. The Chancellor's Cabinet has the most direct involvement in campus governance and is the highest authority at our particular location.


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:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Sample from Chancellor's Cabinet meeting agenda March 13, 2018:
Update and request about current reporting process for AASHE STARS
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