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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 Bronze
Overall Score 34.87
Liaison DeLayne Miller
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Tennessee Technological University
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 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?:
Yes

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

Student Government Association of Tennessee Technological University acts as a channel for the expression of student opinion regarding the university, collaborate with administration to better student welfare, support student organizations, and foster community on campus.

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of Tennessee Tech University. It consists of 10 members, 8 of whom are appointed by the governor, by and with consent of the Tennessee General Assembly. In addition, the Faculty Senate elects a faculty member to serve as a trustee, and the Student Government Association presents three students to the board for selection as the student trustee.
https://www.tntech.edu/board/about-the-board-of-trustees/


Do the institution’s staff members have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a staff council)?:
No

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 Board of Trustees is the governing body of Tennessee Tech University. It consists of 10 members, 8 of whom are appointed by the governor, by and with consent of the Tennessee General Assembly. In addition, the Faculty Senate elects a faculty member to serve as a trustee, and the Student Government Association presents three students to the board for selection as the student trustee.
However, there is not a non-faculty staff member on the Board of Trustees.


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:

The Faculty Senate serves as a representative voice of the teaching and research faculty. It provides a forum for the free discussion of any issue of interest or of concern to members of the faculty.

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of Tennessee Tech University. It consists of 10 members, 8 of whom are appointed by the governor, by and with consent of the Tennessee General Assembly. In addition, the Faculty Senate elects a faculty member to serve as a trustee, and the Student Government Association presents three students to the board for selection as the student trustee.
https://www.tntech.edu/board/about-the-board-of-trustees/


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 Yes
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):

The Board of Trustees of Tennessee Tech University was established pursuant to 2016's FOCUS Act (2016 Tenn. Pub. Acts, ch. 869).
Members of the Board of Trustees of TTU includes representation from private sector organizations.


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