Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.40
Liaison Jennifer Bodine
Submission Date April 25, 2022

STARS v2.2

Weber State University
PA-3: Inclusive and Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 3.00 Jennifer Bodine
Sustainability Specialist
Facilities Management
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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:

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.

WSU has a Staff Advisory Council comprised of elected representatives from every department on campus. This committee seeks input from all staff on campus and works to resolve issues or advocate for policy changes if needed. The SAC Chair serves on WSU's President's Council. This committee also participates in the Utah Higher Education Staff Association. The SAC Chair does not have a seat on the Board of Trustees.

WSU has a Faculty Senate comprised of representatives from every College. The Faculty Senate Chair is a voting member on the Dean's Council and the President's Council. They do not have a seat on the Board of Trustees


Total number of individuals on the institution’s highest governing body:
18

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:
0

Number of non-academic staff representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
0

Number of women serving as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
8

Percentage of official members of the highest governing body that are women:
44.44

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:

Weber State University has two bodies that fit this description. The first is the National Advisory Council. The WSU president offers invitations to WSU alumni and friends to serve on the National Advisory Council. The group provides:

- Guidance on strategic issues
- An independent sounding board
- Feedback from the community
- Expertise, as needed, on projects or programs
- Assistance in identifying opportunities for the university in key communities
- Advocacy for the university in the communities where members live and work

This group is also comprised of representatives from local government and/or educational institutions, private sector organizations, and civil society.

A description of the Council can be found here - https://www.weber.edu/PresidentsOffice/NationalAdvisoryCouncil.html

The second community engagement body is the College-Town Coalition. The shared initiative between Ogden City government and the university, which first began in 2012, has led to an ongoing partnership that opens new doors to future opportunities and collaborations. The partnership has resulted in the adoption of a College Town Charter, the creation of various working committees and further integration of university and city life. More information about this coalition can be found here https://weber.edu/collegetowncoalition


Number of people from underrepresented groups serving as official members of the institution’s highest governing body.:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s governance structure is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Weber State University's highest governing body is the Utah Board of Higher Education. The Utah Board of Higher Education is the governing body for the Utah System of Higher Education. The Utah Legislature grants it the power to control, manage, and supervise USHE. The Board’s major responsibilities include selecting and evaluating institutional presidents, setting policy, reviewing programs and degrees, approving institutional missions, and submitting a unified higher education budget request to the Governor and State Legislature.

The Utah Board of Higher Education is comprised of 18 Utah citizens, all appointed by the Governor. There are two student Board members, one from a degree-granting public college or university and one from a technical college.

Sixteen of the members are appointed to six-year staggered terms while the student Board members are appointed to a one-year term. More information about the UBHE can be found here https://ushe.edu/board/about-the-board/

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