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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 59.95
Liaison Tim Albertson
Submission Date Dec. 14, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

North Seattle College
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 3.00 Tim Albertson
Sustainability Coordinator
Student Development Services
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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?:
No

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which students are engaged in governance, including information to support each affirmative response above:

The Student Cabinet, administered by Student Leadership and Multicultural Programs, represent the student body by serving on key campus committees that shape policy and procedures impacting all students. Currently, Student Cabinet members serve on 14 committees across campus.


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:

Most committees and councils require a representative body of staff, in particular, the college council, which advises the President. Per College Council Bylaws: The role of the College Council is to ensure that the constituents of the college will have the opportunity to participate actively and collaboratively in the development of policies and procedures of the institution. The College Council, on behalf of the college community, shall advise the President on matters vital to the mission and goals of the college.

https://prod.northseattle.edu/committees/college-council


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:

Teaching faculty are included on a number of councils that directly report to the president including college council and the instruction council.


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:

NSC has a campus master plan committee that meets yearly and is made up of members of the committee facilitated by the City of Seattle and the Vice President of Administrative Services.


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 No
Private sector organizations No
Civil society (e.g. NGOs, NPOs) No

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):

Representatives from the above groups were consulted in developing the current district strategic plan over the course of the 2016-17 school year. Institutional governance details include development of a mission, vision values, and core values statements; college operational plan; and district goals. See page 40 for a list of stakeholders consulted in the attached strategic planning presentation.


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

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.