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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 65.69
Liaison John Pumilio
Submission Date July 23, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Colgate University
PA-3: Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 John Pumilio
Director of Sustainability
Sustainability Office
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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:

Colgate's Student Government Association is made up of elected student representatives from each class and governs student groups, representing their interests to the larger Colgate community and administration.


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?:
No

A brief description of student representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:
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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 No
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:

Students are invited and expected to participate on most major decision-making committees as the student perspective is highly valued at Colgate. Recent examples where students had a formal role in important institutional decision-making include the 2011 Sustainability and Climate Action Plan, 2013 Campus Master Plan, 2013 Campus Strategic Plan. Students also have ongoing roles on the Sustainability Council, the Campus Planning and Physical Resources Committee, some hiring committees, and many other ongoing committees and task forces.


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:

Most all decision-making committees at Colgate include faculty, staff, and students. Often, individuals are invited to participate on the committee. However, the opportunity exists for individuals to volunteer to participate on committees if they have the time and inclination.


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 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 No
Communications processes and transparency practices No
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:

Non-supervisory staff are invited and expected to participate on most major decision-making committees as the staff perspective is highly valued at Colgate. Recent examples where non-supervisory staff had a formal role in important institutional decision-making include the 2011 Sustainability and Climate Action Plan, 2013 Campus Master Plan, 2013 Campus Strategic Plan. Non-supervisory staff also have ongoing roles on the Sustainability Council, the Campus Planning and Physical Resources Committee, some hiring committees, and many other ongoing committees and task forces.


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:

All-faculty meetings are often participatory and include voting on important governance, policy, and procedural decisions.


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?:
No

A brief description of faculty representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:
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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:

Faculty are integral to all operations, governance structures, and decision-making at Colgate. Faculty often chair or are expected to participate on most major decision-making committees as the faculty perspective is highly valued at Colgate. Recent examples where faculty had a formal role in important institutional decision-making include the 2010 Goals of a Colgate Education, 2011 Sustainability and Climate Action Plan, 2013 Campus Master Plan, 2013 Campus Strategic Plan. Faculty also have ongoing roles on the Sustainability Council, the Campus Planning and Physical Resources Committee, hiring committees, and many other ongoing committees and task forces.


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

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.