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Liaison Jennifer Bodine
Submission Date April 23, 2015
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Weber State University
PA-3: Governance

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Facilities Management
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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:

Students can participate on a variety of governing bodies. The Weber State University Student Association has an Executive Branch comprised of one President and seven Vice Presidents over various areas. WSUSA also has a Legislative Branch comprised of 23 Senators representing every College on campus and special constituencies. All of the above-mentioned positions are filled through an election by the student body. There are multiple committees that fall under each Vice President that can be filled through direct appointment of students or by student volunteers.

The President of the Weber State University Student Association is one of ten WSU Board of Trustees members. The Weber State University Student Association Vice President over academics is a member of Dean's Council. Again, both of these positions are elected positions.


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:

The President of the Weber State University Student Association is one of ten WSU Board of Trustees members. This person is an elected representative. The Weber State University Student Association Vice President over academics is a member of Dean's Council. Three elected student representatives also serve on the Faculty Senate.


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:

Elected student representatives (as described above) are the ones that typically serve formally on the committees that make decisions on each of the outlined areas. The University mission and vision have not been changed in the past three years but when it is, student, faculty, and staff representatives are always included in that process.

Students, faculty, and staff were all heavily involved in two new policies that recently got adopted by WSU - an anti-idling policy and a no smoking policy.

The University is currently undergoing revisions to the Campus Master Plan and that committee contains student, faculty, and staff representatives.

There have been several new construction projects over the past five years and student, faculty, and staff are always involved in the planning and implementation of those new construction projects.

Two years ago, WSU began searching for a new University President when our current President, Ann Millner, decided to retire. Just this year, our Provost also announced his retirement, and the search has begun to find a replacement for his position. In both instances, the search committee has been comprised of students, faculty, and staff representatives.

More information about WSUSA and all its associated committees can be found at: http://www.weber.edu/StudentInvolvement/about.html


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:

WSU has a Staff Advisory Committee comprised of representatives from every department on campus. This committee seeks input from all staff on campus and communicates that input to WSU's President's Council (comprised of the University President and Vice Presidents) and the Board of Trustees. This committee also participates in the Utah Higher Education Staff Association.


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?:
No

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

Representatives on the Staff Advisory Committee (described above) are the ones that typically serve formally on the committees that make decisions on each of the outlined areas. The University mission and vision have not been changed in the past three years but when it is, student, faculty, and staff representatives are always included in that process.

Students, faculty, and staff were all heavily involved in two new policies that recently got adopted by WSU - an anti-idling policy and a no smoking policy.

The University is currently undergoing revisions to the Campus Master Plan and that committee contains student, faculty, and staff representatives.

There have been several new construction projects over the past five years and student, faculty, and staff are always involved in the planning and implementation of those new construction projects.

Two years ago, WSU began searching for a new University President when our current President, Ann Millner, decided to retire. Just this year, our Provost also announced his retirement, and the search has begun to find a replacement for his position. In both instances, the search committee has been comprised of students, faculty, and staff representatives.

More information about the Staff Advisory Committee and its associated roles/responsibilities can be found at: https://www.weber.edu/sac/


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:

WSU has a Faculty Senate Committee comprised of representatives from every College. The Faculty Senate Chair is invited to provide input at the Board of Trustees meetings. However he/she is not a formal voting member of this Board. The Faculty Senate Chair is a voting member on the Dean's Council.


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?:
No

A brief description of faculty representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:
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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 No
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:

Representatives on the Faculty Senate Committee (as described above) are the ones that typically serve formally on the committees that make decisions on each of the outlined areas. The University mission and vision have not been changed in the past three years but when it is, student, faculty, and staff representatives are always included in that process.

Students, faculty, and staff were all heavily involved in two new policies that recently got adopted by WSU - an anti-idling policy and a no smoking policy.

The University is currently undergoing revisions to the Campus Master Plan and that committee contains student, faculty, and staff representatives.

There have been several new construction projects over the past five years and student, faculty, and staff are always involved in the planning and implementation of those new construction projects.

Two years ago, WSU began searching for a new University President when our current President, Ann Millner, decided to retire. Just this year, our Provost also announced his retirement, and the search has begun to find a replacement for his position. In both instances, the search committee has been comprised of students, faculty, and staff representatives.

More information about the Faculty Senate Committee and its associated roles/responsibilities can be found at: http://www.weber.edu/facultysenate/


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