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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 51.16
Liaison Juliana Goodlaw-Morris
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.1

California State University, San Marcos
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00 Juliana Goodlaw-Morris
Sustainability Manager
Safety, Risk and Sustainability
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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 ASI Board of Directors (BOD) is comprised of 17 elected and appointed student members who are active participants in the shared governance of CSUSM and the California State Student Association (CSSA). The Board is the official voice to express student opinions, foster awareness of student issues, and protect the rights and interests of students https://www.csusm.edu/asi/about/index.html
All members of ASI are elected or appointed by their peers and serve a one year term.

Taken from CSU Board of Trustees website:
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:

California State Univeristy Employee Union - Staff members can participate in workers unions across the university system. For every union on campus, there is an elected union representative.


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 Cal State San Marcos Academic Senate is the university's highest governing body for faculty. The Senate develops policies & procedures regarding faculty & administrative appointments, curriculum, business & fiscal matters, campus development, academic standards, University goals, and more. The Academic Senate selects members to participate on various university governance boards, including the Campus Sustainability Committee. Faculty members are elected to serve on these boards.

The Academic Senate acts as the representative body within the faculty through which the responsibilities of the faculty are exercised. The Academic Senate formulates, evaluates, and recommends to the President of the University policies and procedures which pertain to the development, maintenance, and improvement of the University program in academic matters. The Constitution & Bylaws of the University Faculty and the Academic Senate establish the basis upon which the Academic Senate participates in the governance of CSUSM. Through a process referred to as "shared governance", a tradition in academia with roots dating back to medieval times, the university faculty play a significant role in the institution's growth and development. The degree programs and curricula offered by the university are designed and vetted by the faculty. In consult with university administrators, the faculty also develop policies and procedures related to graduation requirements, faculty personnel matters, student grievances, periodic assessment of degree programs, the handling of intellectual property, and other aspects of university stewardship. The Academic Senate is the primary vehicle for faculty engagement in these activities.

The CSU Board of Trustees is the CSU's highest governing body. The Governor of California 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?:
No

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

University Advisory Council
The Cal State San Marcos University Council is a citizen advisory board consisting of community leaders interested in the development and welfare of the University. The Council advises the President on a number of matters, particularly those affecting University and community relations, and meeting the needs of the service area of the University.

Native Advisory Council
The Native Advisory Council advises the President on University relations with Native American communities, articulates the educational needs of the local California reservations and surrounding Indian communities to the University, fosters collaboration between the University and the Native American community to achieve mutual goals, and promotes and supports academic and professional access and success of Native American students and employees at Cal State San Marcos.

https://www.csusm.edu/president/advisorycouncil/index.html


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