Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.55
Liaison Keaton Schrank
Submission Date Aug. 16, 2022

STARS v2.2

Westminster College - Utah
PA-3: Inclusive and Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.12 / 3.00 Keaton Schrank
Environmental Center Manager
Environmental Center
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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:

Associated Students of Westminster:
Every student currently enrolled for two (2) or more credit hours is automatically a member of the Associated Students of Westminster. ASW is led by the Student Board and includes the following five branches; ASW Executive, ASW Events, ASW Clubs, ASW Senate, and ASW Judicial. ASW sponsors a wide range of social, cultural, and educational programs, which include dances, lectures, concerts, and community service. Authority and power are established and granted respectively to ASW by the Board of Trustees of Westminster College.

The mission of Associated Students of Westminster (ASW) is to:
-Promote shared governance on campus
-Develop a sense of community
-Facilitate better communication with the faculty, staff, administration, and the -board of trustees
-Enrich the lives of students attending the college
-Provide leadership, training, and opportunities for students
-Provide a forum for student concerns

Staff Council:
The council collaborates with administration to further the college's mission and goals while fostering an inclusive and transparent environment for an engaged and empowered staff community. The council's key roles are:
-Share information from cabinet meetings with staff (grassroots)
-Facilitate inclusion
-Create ad-hoc committees and task forces
-Advocate on behalf of staff
The Staff Council holds meetings once a month to discuss council business and host an open forum. Westminster staff are invited to attend and to submit topics for discussion.

Faculty senate:
The Faculty Senate collaborates with administration to further the college's mission and goals while fostering an inclusive and transparent environment for an engaged and empowered faculty community. Within the Faculty Senate is the Diversity Council which works to advocate for equity and excellence through Westminster's policies, practices, and programs, with a keen focus on curriculum, faculty recruitment and retention, training and education, and equity.


Total number of individuals on the institution’s highest governing body:
23

Number of students representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
0

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:
9

Percentage of official members of the highest governing body that are women:
39.13

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?:
No

A brief description of the campus-community council or equivalent body that gives external stakeholders a regular voice in institutional decisions that affect them:
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Number of people from underrepresented groups serving as official members of the institution’s highest governing body.:
3

Website URL where information about the institution’s governance structure is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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