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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 46.40
Liaison Shannon Craig
Submission Date Nov. 25, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Camosun College
PA-3: Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Sherri Bell
President
Camosun College
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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:

The Board of Governors, which administers the college on behalf of the government of BC and the Ministry of Advanced Education (as legislated by the College and Institute Act) is composed of 14 members, two of which are students. The two students are elected to the Board of Governors by other students.

The Education Council is a legislated body established under the College and Institute Act and provides leadership and decision making for the College in areas of academic policies and procedures. The coucil is composed of staff, faculty and students. There are 4 student positions and students are elected to the Education Council by other students.

The Environmental Sustainability Council provides an open forum for the discussion of college-wide environmental initiatives with a goal of improving and extending current environmental practices. Membership is comprised of administrators, faculty, support staff and students who have expressed an interest in participation. There is also one spot set aside for the student who holds the position of Sustainability Director in the Camosun College Student Society.


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 Board of Governors, which administers the college on behalf of the government of BC and the Ministry of Advanced Education (as legislated by the College and Institute Act) is composed of 14 members, two of which are students. The two students are elected to the Board of Governors by a vote from the student population.


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:

The Education Council sets policies concerning examinations, student performance evaluations, criteria for academic standing and the grading system. Additionally, the council sets cirriculum content for courses leading to certificates, diplomas and degrees.

The Board of Governors oversees the affairs of the institution including property, revenue and expeditures as well as focusing on policy and strategic leadership.

The Environmental Sustainability Council provides an open forum for the discussion of college-wide environmental initiatives with a goal of improving and extending current environmental practices.


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:

Two support staff elected to the Education Council, One support Staff elected to Board of Governors by support staff. Staff who are interested in joining the Environmental Sustainability Council are welcome to join, the council may also canvass specific staff members based on where there is a need for leads based on the sustainability plan.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of non-supervisory staff representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:

One position on the Board of Governors is reserved for an individual who works as a support staff member at Camosun College and is elected to the board by other staff. Staff who are interested in joining the Environmental Sustainability Council are welcome to join, the council may also canvass specific staff members based on where there is a need for leads based on the sustainability plan.


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:

The Education Council sets policies concerning examinations, student performance evaluations, criteria for academic standing and the grading system. Additionally, the council sets curriculum content for courses leading to certificates, diplomas and degrees. The Board of Governors oversees the affairs of the institution including property, revenue and expenditures as well as focusing on policy and strategic leadership. The Environmental Sustainability Council provides an open forum for the discussion of college-wide environmental initiatives with a goal of improving and extending current environmental practices.


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:

One position on the Board of Governors is reserved for an individual who works as a faculty member at Camosun College and is elected to the board by other faculty members. There are 10 positions for faculty on the Education Council. Faculty are elected to the council by other faculty members. The elected representation is distributed as follows: by Union/ Association: CCFA (8 seats maximum), and BCGEU (2 seats maximum), by School/ Division (including Access, Arts & Science, Business, health & Human Services, Trades and Technology, Business Development/ Centre for Sport & Exercise Education, and Cooperative Education/ Student Services). Faculty who are interested in joining the Environmental Sustainability Council are welcome to join, the council may also canvass specific faculty members based on where there is a need for leads based on the sustainability plan.


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:

One position on the Board of Governors is reserved for an individual who works as a faculty member at Camosun College and is elected to the board by other faculty members.


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:

The Education Council sets policies concerning examinations, student performance evaluations, criteria for academic standing and the grading system. Additionally, the council sets curriculum content for courses leading to certificates, diplomas and degrees. The Board of Governors oversees the affairs of the institution including property, revenue and expenditures as well as focusing on policy and strategic leadership. The Environmental Sustainability Council provides an open forum for the discussion of college-wide environmental initiatives with a goal of improving and extending current environmental practices.


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

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