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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 48.57
Liaison Jennifer McMillin
Submission Date June 15, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Cleveland State University
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.75 / 3.00 Randy Bowling
Special Projects
Facilities l Architect l Safety l Technology
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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:

CSU has a Student Government Association that is elected every spring semester. The CSU Student Government has one legislative body, the Senate, and one executive body, the Executive Board. Both bodies are present in Student Government committees but only members of the Senate are able to pass legislation and resolutions.

Students sit on the Faculty Senate Committees as well as ad-hoc committees. Students are also members of Vice President's search committees.

Two students sit on the CSU Board of Trustees. Board positions are open to all students. In order to be considered for a position on the Board, students submit an application to the Student Life department. A committee of both students and faculty shortlist the candidates and the Student Government Association then presents a list of five students in preferential order to the CSU President who then presents the list to the Governor of the state of Ohio. After this peer recommendation process, the student trustees are then appointed by the Governor of Ohio, in the same manner as all other trustees.


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:

The Management and Administrative Staff Association (MASA) is a volunteer organization, sanctioned by the University, serving the non-bargaining management and administrative staff of the University.

MASA has representation on the following University Advisory Committees:

Bookstore Advisory Committee
Dining Serices Advisory Committee
Distinguished Faculty/Staff Award Committee
Collaborative Grant Program
Environmental Safety and Healthcare
Parking Advisory Committee
Residence Life Advisory Committee
Faculty Senate

The Management and Administrative Staff Advisory Council, is the primary body for providing advice and counsel to the University President on matters relevant to Management and Administrative Staff (MAS) - i.e. staff members not represented by a bargaining unit at Cleveland State. This Advisory Council was convened in 1998 and its membership is comprised of 15 non-bargaining staff members.

http://www.csuohio.edu/masa


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 Faculty Senate shall have the duties and responsibilities to:

1) Initiate educational and academic policies of the University.
2) Adopt rules to effectuate the educational and academic policies of the University.
3) Bring up for consideration proposals on matters pertaining to the general welfare of the University.
4) Make recommendations to the Administration relative to buildings, budget priorities, and new proposals and developments.
5) Act upon all matters of routine faculty business in pursuance of already established University policies.
6) Elect members to the Equal Opportunity Hearing Panel.

http://www.csuohio.edu/facultysenate/facultysenate

Two faculty members are elected by the Faculty Senate to sit on the CSU Board of Trustees.

http://www.csuohio.edu/board-of-trustees/2016-2017-board-members


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 bylaws of the Euclid Avenue Development Corporation, an entity that works on behalf of CSU and is responsible for the construction, maintenance, and operations of CSU's student housing and some parking facilities, provide for the inclusion of three community board members.

Although not a formal policy, the Office of University Architect meets with the two relevant Community Development Corporations and city officials before beginning all new construction projects.


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):

Cleveland State University's Board of Trustees includes five community members. Currently, all three stakeholder groups are represented in their membership with three members representing the civil society, one member from a government agency, and one member from a private sector organization.


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