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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 Gold
Overall Score 73.41
Liaison Fletcher Alexander
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2018
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STARS v2.1

California State University, Chico
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.75 / 3.00 Fletcher Alexander
Sustainability Programs Manager
Institute for Sustainable Development
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Do the institution’s students have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a student council)? :
Yes

Do the institution’s students have an elected representative on the institution’s highest governing body?:
Yes

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which students are engaged in governance, including information to support each affirmative response above:

The Associated Students (AS) is an independent student non-profit corporation owned and governed by the students under the leadership of an elected board of directors. In addition to being the student government of the campus, the AS operates the campus Bookstore and Dining Services. Although student government operates somewhat independently, it is expected to establish channels for student participation in the governance of the University. The AS provides services, facilities, and amenities, and implements a broad spectrum of educational, social, and cultural programs to enrich campus life.

CSU Board of Trustees:

​​In adopting the Donahoe Higher Education Act of 1960, the State Legislature established the Board of Trustees of The California State Colleges (designated "The California State University" on Jan. 1, 1982) to "succeed to the powers, duties and functions with respect to the management, administration and control of the state colleges." Prior to this, the State Board of Education had jurisdiction over the separate colleges. The Donahoe Act also restructured the individual campuses into the nation's largest system of senior higher education. The Board of Trustees governs this diverse and complex 23-campus system. The Board of Trustees is responsible for the oversight of the California State University. The board adopts rules, regulations, and policies governing the California State University. The board has authority over curricular development, use of property, development of facilities, and fiscal and human resources management.

The Governor appoints two student trustees from nominees proposed by the California State Student Association. These student trustees serve staggered two-year terms. One student trustee has full voting powers; the second, non-voting student trustee succeeds to the voting position upon the expiration of the term of the first.

https://www2.calstate.edu/csu-system/board-of-trustees/Pages/about-the-bot.aspx


Do the institution’s staff members have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a staff council)?:
Yes

Do the institution’s non-supervisory staff members have an elected representative on the institution’s highest governing body?:
No

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which staff are engaged in governance, including information to support each affirmative response above:

OUR MISSION
The purpose of the Staff Council at California State University, Chico, is to advocate for staff by seeking out and responding to ideas and suggestions, and representing staff to the University administration, while keeping staff informed of University initiatives. In order to best serve our students, Staff Council works to promote open communication, create a cohesive campus community, and have a positive impact on staff culture and morale. Furthermore, Staff Council serves the local community through service projects that are run with the participation of campus staff, students, faculty, administration, and community members.

OUR VISION
Staff Council, in serving our diverse community, seeks:

Communication
Set up, maintain and continually improve the systems of communication between all staff-related campus constituents and groups to promote a sense of community.

Cohesiveness
Foster a cohesive staff voice through transparency, communication, representation, advocacy, and shared purpose and culture.

Advocacy
Advocate on behalf of staff members to create healthy, supportive work environments.

Community
Build a strong campus community that shows the University is more effective when staff are invested and involved in affecting change.

Culture
Foster a supportive campus culture that guides positive change and acts as the impetus to affect those changes.

Transparency
Engage staff members in open discussions and participate with shared governance across campus.

Engagement
Encourage a sense of ownership, responsibility, and stewardship among staff to best serve our campus community.

Visibility
Be active and visible through events that serve the community both on and off campus.


Do the institution’s teaching and research faculty have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a faculty senate)?:
Yes

Do the institution’s teaching and research faculty have an elected representative on the institution’s highest governing body? :
Yes

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which teaching and research faculty are engaged in governance, including information to support each affirmative response above:

The Academic Senate is a deliberative body comprised of faculty, staff, administrators, and students that is guided by the principles of shared governance. Originally known as the Faculty Senate, the Academic Senate has existed on the CSU, Chico campus since 1955. Shared decision-making combined with collegiality among various university constituencies are essential for the success of the institution.

"The legislature recognizes that joint decision-making and consultation between administration and faculty or academic employees is the long-accepted manner of governing institutions of higher learning and is essential to the performance of the educational missions of such institutions and declares that it is the purpose of this act to both preserve and encourage that process..." - The California Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act (HEERA), Section 3561(B)

CSU Board of Trustees:

​​In adopting the Donahoe Higher Education Act of 1960, the State Legislature established the Board of Trustees of The California State Colleges (designated "The California State University" on Jan. 1, 1982) to "succeed to the powers, duties and functions with respect to the management, administration and control of the state colleges." Prior to this, the State Board of Education had jurisdiction over the separate colleges. The Donahoe Act also restructured the individual campuses into the nation's largest system of senior higher education. The Board of Trustees governs this diverse and complex 23-campus system. The Board of Trustees is responsible for the oversight of the California State University. The board adopts rules, regulations, and policies governing the California State University. The board has authority over curricular development, use of property, development of facilities, and fiscal and human resources management.

The Governor appoints a Faculty Trustee from nominees proposed by the Statewide Academic Senate. The Alumni and Faculty Trustees serve for two years.

https://www2.calstate.edu/csu-system/board-of-trustees/Pages/about-the-bot.aspx


Does the institution have written policies and procedures to identify and engage external stakeholders (i.e. local residents) in land use planning, capital investment projects, and other institutional decisions that affect the community?:
Yes

A copy of the written policies and procedures:
The policies and procedures:

The University Foundation Board

One of three CSU, Chico auxiliaries, the University Foundation is the steward of gifts and endowments for the entire campus. The foundation was organized and incorporated as a nonprofit California corporation in 1940, with a mission to support and enhance campus projects and programs. In 1997, its function became solely philanthropic. A governing board provides fiduciary oversight and endowment management, and serves to engage parents and the community in charitable giving. A gift to the University Foundation is an investment in the future of Chico State, a gift that helps to ensure the success of our students. With your support, we transform education.

The University Advisory Board

The University Advisory Board was established in 1949 by legislation which authorized an advisory board to "encourage more two-way communication between each institution and its constituency." The University Advisory Board acts in an advisory capacity in the development of programs of the institution, interpreting the needs of the community to the institution, and the institution's needs to the community, as well as to legislators and other groups. It is composed of distinguished citizens from throughout the state of California.

https://www.csuchico.edu/prs/advisory/index.shtml


Does the institution have formal participatory or shared governance bodies through which community members representing the interests of the following stakeholder groups can regularly participate in institutional governance?:
Yes or No
Local government and/or educational organizations Yes
Private sector organizations Yes
Civil society (e.g. NGOs, NPOs) Yes

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which external stakeholders are engaged in institutional governance (including information about each stakeholder group selected above):

These two Boards, membership outlined below, include numerous representatives of private sector organizations, representatives of NGOs including the Director of the Chico Chamber of Commerce, and representatives of local government and education including the superintendent of the local community college district.

See UF Bylaws attached above.

University Foundation Board Membership:

Tom Villa, ‘82
Position: Chair
Director, Business Development & Content, Verizon Communications, Inc
Stuart Casillas, ‘96
Position: Vice Chair
Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Michael Prime
Position: Past Chair
Retired Founder, Option Care

Members:
Debra Cannon, ‘77
Co-Owner & CEO, Lulus.com
Dr. Robin Gayle
Dylan Gray
Student Representative
Doug Guerrero
Retired Regional Vice President West, CEMEX
David Hodson, ‘90, ‘92
Partner, Director of Development, Microsoft Corporation - Skype
Rand Hutchison, ‘73, ‘77
Founder and former CEO, Travidia Inc., CSUC Faculty - College of Business
Lance Lew, ‘79
Director, Community Marketing, NBC Bay Area
Tom Martin, ‘66
Owner, Martin Orchards, Retired President, Durham Pump, Inc.
Dr. Marcia Moore
Cardiologist and Former Chief of Medicine, Enloe Medical Center
Chuck Nelsen, Jr.
Director, Bank of America
Merrill Lynch
Darryl Schoen
President, Manufactures Services
Sylvia Seufferlein
Realtor, Sereno Group
Susan Vukovatz
Independent Human Resources Professional

Ex Officio Members:
Gayle E. Hutchinson
President, CSU, Chico
Ahmad Boura
Position: CEO
Vice President for University Advancement
Debra Larson
Debra Larson
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Robbi Stivers
Robbi Stivers
Position: Treasurer
Vice President for Business and Finance

Representatives:
Dylan Gray
Student Representative
Dave Scotto
Alumni Representative
Emilyn Sheffield
Faculty Representative, College of Communication and Education

The Northern California members of the University Advisory Board provide advice and guidance on issues important to the University and community:

Farshad Azad*
Bruce Hagerty
Missy McArthur
Don Carlsen
Matt Jackson
Lee Salter
Tom DiGiovanni
Mary Knight
Katie Simmons, Director of Chico Chamber of Commerce
Jesse Eller
Tom Lando
Kelly Staley
Sergio Garcia
Peter Magnusson
Arlene Ward
Dan Gonzales
Tom Martin
Samia Yaqub, Superintendent of Butte-Glenn Community College District
*Chair


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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