Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.06
Liaison Casey Meehan
Submission Date June 15, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Western Technical College
PA-3: Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Amanda McCray
Intern
Sustainability Institute
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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:

Any Student who is taking 6 or more credits can be elected or appointed to sit on the Student Government Executive Committee. Any student who is enrolled can attend Student Government (General Assembly) Meetings, which are held on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month during the fall and spring term. Any student who attends two consecutive General Assembly meetings can gain voting rights. Student organizations and clubs are open to all students. Each student organization/club send a representative to the Student Government meetings. Any student can also participate in Student Government Subcommittees such as Campus Events Committee (plan events and activities), Appropriations Committee ( building student government budget), Student Legislative Affairs Committee (deals with issues impacting students and student advocacy) and any other committees as needed by Student Government.


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 Senior Leadership Team meets monthly with the Student Government’s Leadership team (Executive Committee). College committees (Parking, Safety, AODA, Tobacco Free Workgroup, Alumni Board etc…) often have student representation, which are appointed from Student Government.


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:

Student feedback and input are gathered through college committees, student government, and surveys and focus groups.


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:

Hourly staff are unionized and elect representatives that meet with senior leaders. Additionally, the administration and the Board support participation of staff in committees and task forces created to solve problems and complete major projects around the college.


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:

Western utilizes learning teams, which are committees that include administrators, faculty, and staff who come together to work on developing policies and recommendations concerning many operational and strategic aspects of the college including those listed above.


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:

Faculty have the option of being in the union, which elects representatives to meet with the senior leadership team on a regular basis.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of faculty representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:

The technical college system does not have a faculty senate. However, faculty have the option of being in the union, which elects representatives to meet with the senior leadership team on a regular basis. Additionally, faculty make up an important part of our learning team culture (see next question) that significantly guides the direction of the college.


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 Yes
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:

Faculty are invited to serve on learning teams. These are committees that include administrators, faculty, and staff who come together to work on developing policies and recommendations concerning many operational and strategic aspects of the college including those listed above.


The website URL where information about the institution’s governance structure is available:
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Thanks to Academic Affairs and Western's Sustainability Coordinator for providing this information.

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