Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.44
Liaison Bradley Flamm
Submission Date March 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

West Chester University of Pennsylvania
PA-3: Inclusive and Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 3.00 Bradley Flamm
Director of Sustainability
Office of the President
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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:

West Chester University operates with a model of shared governance in many areas of university administration and planning. A Student Government Association gives students a voice to "provide a unified and responsible government that will promote the welfare and growth of students" (https://www.wcupa.edu/_services/STU/sga/). One of eleven seats on the university's Council of Trustees is reserved for a student (voting) member. Faculty participate in academic and other aspects of university planning through a Faculty Senate (https://www.wcupa.edu/_facstaff/facultySenate/) and through the Curriculum and Academic Policies Council (https://www.wcupa.edu/viceProvost/capc/default.aspx).
Non-academic staff participate in governance via four unions (AFSCME, OPEIU, SCUPA, and SPFPA) and a Non-Represented Managers Association.


Total number of individuals on the institution’s highest governing body:
10

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

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:
4

Percentage of official members of the highest governing body that are women:
40

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:

WCU participates with officials from the Borough of West Chester in the "Borough University Officials Group" (BUOG). The BUOG meets approximately on a quarterly basis to “(1) Strengthen communications, understanding opportunities for mutual cooperation between WCB and WCU officials through direct dialogue and(2) Discuss issues which may affect both the Borough and University, from a strategic, philosophical and/or conceptual perspective."


Number of people from underrepresented groups serving as official members of the institution’s highest governing body.:
2

Website URL where information about the institution’s governance structure is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data Entry: Lois Howell, 11-Feb-22

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