Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.39
Liaison Brian Liechti
Submission Date March 4, 2020

STARS v2.2

Warren Wilson College
PA-3: Inclusive and Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Margo Flood
Sustainability Project Coordinator
Finance and Administration
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Does the institution have formal participatory or shared governance bodies through which the following stakeholders can regularly participate in the governance of the institution?:
Yes or No
Students Yes
Academic staff Yes
Non-academic staff Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal participatory or shared governance bodies:

The governance structure of Warren Wilson College consists of the Board of Trustees, the President, the Forum, the Student Government Association, and committees and working groups created as needed.

Warren Wilson College has historically practiced a unique and collaborative approach to college governance. Open communication is key to building trust, inclusivity, and effectiveness in our governance system. We seek to provide a balanced structure for addressing policy questions, undertaking program development, ensuring effective communication and solving problems together. Our governance framework provides a platform for all points of view, creates an ideal learning milieu, fosters school unity and pride and generates sound decisions and advice.

Our highest governing body is the Board of Trustees. Students, staff and faculty serve as voting members of the Board of Trustees and participate in all meetings. Other governing bodies follow:

Forum

The Forum consists of six voting faculty and six voting staff plus a nonvoting staff convener and a nonvoting faculty convener. The Forum determines the process for choosing representatives and conveners from the faculty and staff, respectively.

The Forum is responsible for maintaining no fewer than three committees – Budget Advisory, Policy Review, and Strategic Planning. Other committees are created as needed. Forum Members serve on at least one of the three core committees listed above. Each committee reports back to Forum on its activities on a regular basis. Forum meets at least monthly and, in the spirit of transparency, meetings are open to the College community.

Forum is responsible for the following:

•Reviewing College policies and making recommendations to the President
•Managing its own membership and designating liaisons to other advisory committees or task forces at the request of the President
•Establishing its own policies and procedures, subject to approval by the President
•Discussing issues raised by its members and making recommendations to the President as appropriate

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) consists of members of the student body who are identified by the SGA procedure as voting members. In the past, students have been considered voting members after attending a set number of meetings.
In the spirit of transparency, meetings of the SGA are open to the College community.

The SGA is responsible for the following:

•Reviewing College Policies and making a recommendation to the President
•Assigning students to college policy committees and assuring that they remain voting SGA members
•Establishing its own policies and procedures, subject to approval by the President


Total number of individuals on the institution’s highest governing body:
24

Number of students representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
2

Number of academic staff representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
1

Number of non-academic staff representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
1

Number of women serving as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
11

Percentage of official members of the highest governing body that are women:
45.83

Website URL where information about the institution’s highest governing body may be found:
Does the institution host or support one or more formal bodies through which external stakeholders have a regular voice in institutional decisions that affect them?:
Yes

A brief description of the campus-community council or equivalent body that gives external stakeholders a regular voice in institutional decisions that affect them:

The Conservation Exchange, an innovative land communication program with more than 1,370 local members, is dedicated to engaging regional stakeholders in dialogue about land management practices and innovations. Our Dean of Land Resources convenes periodic meetings to discuss sustainable practices on campus and to gather community input on such issues as the management of Warren Wilson's network of trails that are open to the public for recreation. Important dialogue occur at these meetings that help the College gather local input on campus land management issues that also effect the community. https://www.facebook.com/conservationexchange/


Number of people from underrepresented groups serving as official members of the institution’s highest governing body.:
4

Website URL where information about the institution’s governance structure is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data was gathered from College documents, website and staff.

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