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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 61.96
Liaison Briar Schoon
Submission Date June 30, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Portland Community College
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.25 / 3.00 Briar Schoon
Sustainability Analyst
Facilities Management 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?:
Yes

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

Associated Students of PCC (ASPCC) is the college's student representative body. ASPCC includes a district student council as well as campus-based student governments. There is a student representative from ASPCC that sits on the College Board of Directors. All positions are one year terms.

A chairperson to serve as the student representative on the College Board of Directors is elected to represent the District Student Council through an application process. The District Student Council (made up entirely of PCC students) interviews applicants to serve as the District Student Council Chair for the following academic year.


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?:
Yes

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

Portland Community College Federation of Classified Employees (PCCFCE) represents all classified employees at the College. Federation members are PCC employees that negotiate the contract which covers the pay, benefits, working conditions, rights and responsibilities for all employees. The Executive Council is elected by federation members and the President participates in Board of Director meetings on behalf of PCCFCE.


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? :
Yes

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:

Portland Community College Federation of Faculty and Academic Professionals (PCCFFAP) represents Faculty (both full time and part-time) and Academic Professionals at PCC to improve working conditions at the College. The Executive Council is elected by federation members and the President participates in Board of Director meetings on behalf of PCCFFAP.


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:
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The policies and procedures:

As part of the College's Bond program, community members are encouraged to participate in planning charrettes and open house forums that guide the capital investment, construction and public transit planning. More info on past efforts can be found here: http://www.pcc.edu/about/bond/.


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):
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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.