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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.57
Liaison Yaffa Grossman
Submission Date March 16, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Beloit College
PA-3: Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.10 / 3.00 Lindsay Chapman
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability
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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:

All students may participate in the Beloit College Student Government better known as Beloit Student Congress (BSC). BSC has three main governerning assemblies: General Assembly, Residential Life Assembly, and Club Oversight Committee in Student Government. All students are welcome to attend any meetings and may submit a platform to run for positions with more responsibility associated with the positions.


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 governing body of the college is known as Academic Senate. Two students from each class year are elected as representatives every semester.


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 No
Existing or prospective physical resources Yes
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning Yes
Communications processes and transparency practices No
Prioritization of programs and projects No

A brief description of the formal student role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:

The BSC Assembly revised the student Statement of Culture in 2014, focusing on how the policy reflects the culture that students experience and create at the college.

Students represented on two important committees. One committee began assessing the programmatic needs of a new student recreation center called the Powerhouse. The other committee assessed options for a new food service provider. They determined that Bon Appetit would be the best fit and is now the college's sole food service provider.

Students on the Residential Life Assembly are in charge of determining where various special interest groups of students should be housed within the buildings that the college owns.
Student representatives take an active role in creating and approving budgets for BSC and clubs supported by BSC.


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)?:
No

A brief description of the mechanisms through which all staff have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies:
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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 No
Establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives Yes
Strategic and long-term planning No
Existing or prospective physical resources No
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning No
Communications processes and transparency practices No
Prioritization of programs and projects No

A brief description of the formal staff role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:

The Staff Matters Committee was established in 1993 to provide a forum for staff to voice their concerns and issues surrounding Beloit College. In addition to fielding staff concerns, the committee sponsors activities that empower, educate, and entertain staff members throughout the year, including the winter celebration, the educational summer symposium, and the staff recognition ceremony.


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:

The Academic Strategic Planning Committee (ASP) is the faculty committee that focuses on comprehensive planning for the strategic needs of the academic program of Beloit College. It is comprised of five tenured faculty members, who are elected at large by a vote of all faculty for staggered two-year terms. Included in its charge, among other responsibilities, is interaction with the board of trustees, which is Beloit College's highest governing body. Specifically, as outlined by our institution's Administrative Policy Manual, one or more representatives from ASP are "[t]o attend meetings of the board of trustees, including meetings of appropriate board committees, on a non-voting basis and subject to invitations of the board on each occasion.

A member of ASP also sits on Senior Staff meetings, which is a group comprised of all staff who directly report to the president of the college. This group is most directly responsible for all day-to-day operations of the college.


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:

Specifically, as outlined by our institution's Administrative Policy Manual, one or more representatives from the Academic Strategic Planning committee are "[t]o attend meetings of the board of trustees, including meetings of appropriate board committees, on a non-voting basis and subject to invitations of the board on each occasion.

Five tenured faculty members are elected at large by a vote of all faculty for staggered two-year terms.


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:

Academic Policy Manual, VIII, E states:
b. Academic Strategic Planning Committee
i. Function
This committee shall focus on comprehensive planning for the strategic needs of
the academic program of the college. The committee will operate in the following
specific capacities:
(a) To collect, analyze, and disseminate data integral to the internal and
external contexts of the college
(b) To review Academic Affairs budgeting
(c) To review and assess program and department development and
performance
(d) To evaluate tenure-track and teaching fellows proposals in light of internal
and external contexts, Beloit’s mission and its resource framework
(e) To solicit, consider, and propose curricular innovations based on internal
and external contexts, Beloit’s mission, and its resource framework
(f) To plan and respond to accreditation reviews
(g) To attend meetings of the board of trustees, including meetings of
appropriate board committees, on a non-voting basis and subject to the
invitations of the board on each occasion


The website URL where information about the institution’s governance structure is available:
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