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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 56.19
Liaison Ali Dutton
Submission Date May 13, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Florida International University
PA-3: Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00 Alexandra Dutton
Program Manager
Office of University Sustainability
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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 Student Government Association at Florida International University is a cohesive student body that aims to establish a student government providing a form of representational government through which the individual student can affirmatively participate.
http://studentaffairs.fiu.edu/get-involved/student-government-association/


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 Florida International University Board of Trustees is composed of 13 members: five appointed by the state Board of Governors; six appointed by Florida’s governor; and student and faculty representation by the University’s Faculty Senate chair and student government president. The Board is responsible for developing cost-effective policies, implementing and maintaining high-quality education programs consistent with the University’s mission, conducting performance evaluations, and assuring that the University meets state policy, budgeting, and education standards.
https://bot.fiu.edu


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 No
Prioritization of programs and projects No

A brief description of the formal student role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:

Agendas, Meeting Minutes, and Topics covered by the BOT can be found online at https://bot.fiu.edu.


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)?:
No

A brief description of the mechanisms through which all staff have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies:
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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 ---
Establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives ---
Strategic and long-term planning ---
Existing or prospective physical resources ---
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning ---
Communications processes and transparency practices ---
Prioritization of programs and projects ---

A brief description of the formal staff role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:
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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:

The mission of the Faculty Senate at Florida International University is to provide a process for faculty to play an active and responsible role in academic governance. The Senate is the democratic collegial governance body that the faculty, as an academic community, has chosen to govern itself. As the representative of the faculty, it serves as the source of academic authority and as the guardian of policies that govern the academic community.


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:

Each free-standing school or college must have a democratically established collegial governance system. These governance systems and their governing documents may only be revised by democratic vote of the college or school faculty.
The faculty of each unit of the University have the right to participate in the selection and appointment of their administrators. In particular, department chairpersons and school directors may only be appointed following a free, fair and secret vote by the faculty of the unit.


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 ---
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 Faculty Senate is an integral part of the academic governance of the University. It is essential in steering the University by initiating, reviewing, evaluating and recommending policy. It serves as the faculty’s voice in making decisions and policies on academic matters ranging from admission standards to the requirements for the awarding of degrees. More specifically, the Faculty Senate expresses the faculty’s will on matters of curriculum policy and curricular structure; degree requirements; policies regarding the recruitment, admission, and retention of students; the development reorganization of academic programs; grading standards; and other matters of academic concern. The Chairperson of the Senate is a member of the University’s Board of Trustees.
The Senate’s Constitution specifies the following as its Vision Statement:

The Senate shares with the University administration the duty to protect academic freedom. It places the welfare of the Academy above parochial interests and participates fully and responsibly in making collective decisions. It recognizes the importance of creating a sense of community within the University. It is committed to promoting equal opportunity and access in all aspects of University life. It recognizes and supports the University’s role in the global community. In addition, the Senate is responsive to the special mission of an urban, public University and seeks to strengthen ties with the local community.

The Senate’s Constitution specifies the following as its “Bill of Collective Rights and Principles of Governance” and holds that the faculty has the collective rights that are set forward here. Every academic unit in the University shall explicitly guarantee these rights in their governance documents and observe faithfully these rights in the future:

Academic freedom refers to the freedom and responsibility of faculty in their role as teachers, researchers, citizens in the academic community, and participants in the collegial governance systems and processes. They are entitled to pursue a course of study, carry out research, publish findings, teach, artistically create, participate actively in the collegial governance process, and speak out in matters of controversy without fear of reprisal or censorship, and unhindered by pressures from internal or external groups.
Through collegial self-governance, university faculty members decide and develop the curriculum that will be offered to students within the limits established by state rules and regulations. Faculty members are the academic authorities of the University.
Each free-standing school or college must have a democratically established collegial governance system. These governance systems and their governing documents may only be revised by democratic vote of the college or school faculty.
The faculty of each unit of the University have the right to participate in the selection and appointment of their administrators. In particular, department chairpersons and school directors may only be appointed following a free, fair and secret vote by the faculty of the unit.
The faculty of each unit of the University have the right to participate in the evaluation of their administrators. This right includes participation in the creation of evaluative criteria. Evaluations shall be conducted annually in a process that protects the anonymity of the evaluators. Those to be evaluated include department chairs and school directors, deans, the Provost and the President. Faculty have the right to see the results.
The faculty of each academic unit, including departments, schools or colleges and the University as a whole, have the right and responsibility to conduct a vote of confidence in their leadership at any time they see fit.
The Faculty Senate may censure individuals and any formal, organized units when it determines they have violated these rights and principles.


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

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