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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 57.03
Liaison Heather Lynch
Submission Date Oct. 4, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Saint Michael's College
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 3.00
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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 Association is the student governing board of Saint Michael's College. The S.A. is completely run by students, and is charged with setting policy and allocating funds to student organizations on 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:

The mission of the Saint Michael's College Staff Welfare Committee (SWC) is to provide staff a focused and direct involvement in the governance of non-academic affairs and in the life of the Saint Michael's College community. The Staff Welfare Committee will work to ensure participation of staff in the College’s policy-making process, promote visibility of staff as valuable members of the Saint Michael's College community, and
facilitate a sense of belonging within the community. The SWC will examine policies affecting the employment environment and the community and make recommendations to appropriate committees and administrators. The SWC will actively seek to involve all segments of the College’s diverse staff in the College’s decision - making process.


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:

The Faculty Regulations give the Faculty Welfare Committee the following charge:

"​I. C. 3. b. i. The Faculty Welfare Committee shall advise the faculty and the administration through the VPAA concerning faculty compensation, salary, benefits, and related matters. The Committee will review the academic and professional environment as it concerns the welfare of the faculty. The Committee will participate in any process that leads to a decision that a state of financial exigency exists or is imminent at the College. The Committee shall engage in annual discussions with the administration that determine the level and pattern of faculty salaries and benefits. With full access to relevant financial information, the Committee shall advise and make recommendations on behalf of the faculty, but it cannot enter into a binding contract. The Committee shall not enter into discussions with the Administration in order to advocate on the behalf of individual members of the faculty.

I. C. 3. b. ii. The Faculty Welfare Committee shall review the Faculty Regulations, consider issues referred to the Committee, and make recommendations to the Assembly for amendments to the Regulations and Bylaws of the Faculty Assembly. The Committee shall monitor the implementation of the procedures specified in the Faculty Regulations and Bylaws and report as necessary to the Faculty Assembly.

I. C. 3. b. iii. The Faculty Welfare Committee shall be composed of six (6) members of the faculty elected by the Faculty Assembly for two-year terms. The Committee shall meet with and advise the VPAA in its areas of responsibility."


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 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.