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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 56.68
Liaison Jeanne Gulnick
Submission Date July 18, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Saint Joseph's College - ME
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 3.00 Nancy Kristiansen
Online Business Program Director
Saint Joseph's On-line
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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 Government Association is the voice of the student body. Its purpose is improving the quality of life for all students and it is the nucleus of student clubs, organizations and committees. All students are members of the Student Government Association (SGA) and are encouraged to be active in its governing boards. Student involvement is critical to SGA's success in understanding and meeting student needs.

The SGA currently sponsors and funds more than 20 different clubs and organizations, and we encourage students to propose new programs. Feel free to contact an SGA Executive Board member for more information on forming a new club or organization!

The SGA, working in conjunction with Student Activities, designs and implements programs, activities and events that help to meet the social, intellectual and spiritual needs of the student community. The SGA Executive Board oversees these initiatives.

Student Senate, which is facilitated by the Vice President of the Senate, is comprised of 20 student Senators that are elected in the fall semester of each year.

http://www.sjcme.edu/student-life/student-government


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:

A standing "Management Council" consisting of staff supervisors and managers meets regularly to address budgetary, resource/planning and other issues.


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:

A well established Faculty Senate serves the faculty and academic governance of the College.


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?:
No

A copy of the written policies and procedures:
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The policies and procedures:
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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):

President Jim Dlugos conducts regular Open Houses for the local community to ensure alignment with strategic plans, communicate planning, solicit input for plans that take stakeholder concerns into consideration. And example is the new athletic file abuts private property and will be impacted during construction and once the field is in use. The impacted neighborhood has been involved in all aspects from the beginning of the process and are satisfied that plans are unfolding as initially agreed.


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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