Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.13
Liaison Traci Knabenshue
Submission Date March 3, 2021

STARS v2.2

West Virginia University
PA-3: Inclusive and Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.63 / 3.00 Valerie Lopez
Special Assistant to the Board of Governors
President's Office
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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:

Board of Governors- Is the highest governing body and they oversee West Virginia University, Potomac State College of West Virginia University and West Virginia University Institute of Technology. (bog.wvu.edu)

Student Government Association- members represent the needs and concerns of the entire student body. They are involved in major projects and initiatives on campus. (sga.wvu.edu)

Faculty Senate- Includes 131 Senators representing the Morgantown, Beckley, and Keyser campuses. They are responsible for guiding WVU’s academic pursuits, and for communicating faculty opinions and concerns. (facultysenate.wvu.edu)

Staff Council- Promotes a positive work environment for all Classified Employees through effectively advocating for our peers in the University’s decision making process. (staffcouncil.wvu.edu)


Total number of individuals on the institution’s highest governing body:
17

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:
2

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:
5

Percentage of official members of the highest governing body that are women:
29.41

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:

WVU and the City of Morgantown hold monthly meetings to coordinate projects and events. Most collaboration focuses on infrastructure/urban planning and student programming such as popular athletic events or student move-in/out. Attending members include Auxiliary and Business Services administrators on the WVU side and engineers and the finance director on the city side, with others attending as needed. The City of Morgantown has more than a dozen advisory commissions on topics ranging from traffic to human rights. It also works with local non-profits and neighborhood associations. Any of these commissions and groups can give feedback and share ideas about WVU decisions and WVU/City collaborations and that feedback is discussed at this meeting.

In addition, there are a several other groups where WVU and community entities interact and collaborate. WVU, the City of Morgantown, and the Monongalia County Commission have a Pedestrian Safety Group to work on safety improvements for pedestrians and bicycles to a lesser extent through infrastructure, education, and enforcement. Just as in the city’s case, the Monongalia County Commission has several advisory boards made up of community members. The Morgantown Monongalia Metropolitan Planning Organization (MMMPO), which plans everything from pedestrian improvements through major highway projects, has board seats for WVU, the City, and the County. The MMMPO holds regular meetings and schedules in-person roundtables and opportunities for written feedback for any plan it produces or projects it proposes. This group meets monthly and has two subcommittees that also meet monthly with representation from WVU and other entities. The Riverfront Revitalization Task Force also meets monthly and right now is working on a major project to share properties and management responsibilities for planned facilities.

The Morgantown Area Partnership is a group that consolidated three economic development entities to push forward projects together, along with WVU. Recent projects include supporting an airport runway extension and redevelopment of streetscape that is an important entrance to campus. This group meets monthly and receives financial support from WVU as well.

There are also two major facilities in Morgantown that are jointly used and managed by WVU and local government and/or non-profit entities. Mylan Park is a multi-use facility with a new aquatic center and track and field. WVU Athletics has user agreements and Mylan Park also opens these for the general public and events. A joint use management association (JUMA) is a recreation-focused group made up of WVU, non-profit, and county commission representation to make decisions about these facilities. The Monongalia County Ballpark is the home to WVU’s baseball team and a team of the Major League Baseball Draft League.


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:
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