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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 67.20
Liaison Suzanne Hansen
Submission Date May 31, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Macalester College
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 3.00 David M. Wheaton
Vice President
Administration and Finance
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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:

Students can run as class representatives or for executive positions in MCSG (Macalester College Student Government). Furthermore, all MCSG members are appointed to different subcommittees. MCSG appoints student members to faculty, standing, and trustee committees.

Student representatives sit on most Board committees. The representatives for each Board committee are selected by Macalester College Student Government leaders. Students submit applications; finalists are interviewed by students and one is chosen for each seat.

The college has a Student Liaison to the Board of Trustees that rotates each year. The proposed student is vetted by a student committee chaired by the sitting Liaison. The President has final approval.


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 Staff Advisory Council solicits nominations for staff committee appointments.


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? :
No

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:

All full-time faculty, whether contingent or tenure-track, are eligible to run for committees.


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:

Macalester is committed to engaging stakeholders at all levels in our community. Macalester employs 2.0 FTE staff to aide in this endeavor. The staff operate, at the direction of its own board, the High Winds Fund to maintain and improve the beauty, serenity, and security of the area surrounding the camps of Macalester College.


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):

Both the Macalester Board of Trustees and the High Winds Fund have a diverse membership wholly, and as it relates to the categories above.


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