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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 Bronze
Overall Score 42.59
Liaison Jeffrey Clark
Submission Date June 30, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Lawrence University
PA-3: Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 3.00 Christopher Lee
Vice President Finance and Administration
Administration
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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:

LUCC, Lawrence University Community Council, is the governing body for the students made of elected and appointed students. Any student can sit in on the general council meetings or a committee meeting.


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:

Representatives are elected by peers. There is one student that sits in on trustee meetings and that student is the President of the Lawrence University Community Council who was elected by their peers.


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 ---
Communications processes and transparency practices ---
Prioritization of programs and projects ---

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

LUCC, Lawrence University Community Council, President sits in on the Board of trustees meetings, therefore that student has a say in the discussions that the board has which includes discussions about the organizational mission, new policies, and long term planning.
The appointed chair of the LUCC committee, Environmental Responsibility Committee, also sits on a committee with other staff and faculty called the Physical Planning Committee and therefor, that person has a say in conversations about physical resources. For example, right now, Lawrence is looking into the parking situation because there is a shortage of space for cars, but on the other hand, many people come to Lawrence with a car and need somewhere to store it.


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:

The Staff Connections committee is a representative body of staff, and all staff members have input into viewpoints through their representatives. All-staff meetings are held each term as well with direct questions and input to senior leadership welcome.


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:

All faculty have an avenue to participate in one or more goverance bodies. One example is the Faculty Governance Committee which serves three basic roles: as a committee on committees, a committee on planning for all university activities affecting the academic enterprise, and a committee on faculty welfare


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:

The chair of the Faculty Governance Committee is an invitee to sessions of the Board of Trustees, and the entire governance committee meets periodically with the president and leadership team.


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:

Lawrence has recently completed a refresh of is strategic plan which included faculty representatives in all aspects as well as multiple discussions of the full faculty on the final planning document. Faculty representatives participate in Faculty Governance, Financial Planning and Physical Planning shared governance committees, as well as numerous other faculty committees which are responsible for strategic planning and other aspects of Lawrence's governance.


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

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