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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 Gold
Overall Score 68.58
Liaison Mary Ellen Mallia
Submission Date Jan. 15, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University at Albany
EN-13: Community Stakeholder Engagement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Dan Butterworth
Program Director
Community Engagement
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Has the institution adopted a framework for community stakeholder engagement in governance, strategy and operations?:
Yes

A brief description of the policies and procedures that ensure community stakeholder engagement is applied systematically and regularly across the institution’s activities:

The senior leadership organizations that guide the planning and development efforts, capital investment projects, and/or other activities and decisions that affect the broader community at the President’s Executive Committee, the University Council, the University at Albany Foundation and two student organizations, the Student Association and Graduate Student Association. http://www.albany.edu/administration/
Both the University Council and the University at Albany Foundation consist mainly of community members.
University council. Each state-operated campus of the SUNY system has an oversight Council, appointed by the Governor. These councils function subject to the general management, supervision and control of and in accordance with rules established by the State University Trustees. Nine of the ten members of the Council are appointed by the Governor for seven year terms. The tenth member is a student, who is elected for a one-year term by and from the students enrolled at the institution. The Council chair is appointed by the Governor. At UAlbany, council members consist of community members from various industries and organizations including the business, education and legal sectors.
University at Albany Foundation board: The mission of The University at Albany Foundation is to support and promote the activities and programs of the University at Albany, State University of New York by providing support, advice and counsel regarding fund raising, gift and grant management; developing and managing real property; and providing a strong base of private-sector support through the efforts of Foundation Directors. The directors are selected for their distinguished achievement in business, industry, and the professions along with their commitment to the advancement of the University at Albany.
http://www.albany.edu/uafoundation/uaf_about_us.shtml
There also exist several other entities throughout the university where community members can serve on advisory or decision making boards. Some of these include:
Alumni Board of Directors: http://www.alumni.albany.edu/s/1642/02-alumni/index.aspx?sid=1642&gid=2&pgid=438
School of Business: http://www.albany.edu/business/school-of-business-deans-advisory-board.php
Rockefeller College: http://www.albany.edu/rockefeller/advisory_board.shtml
School of Public Health: http://www.albany.edu/sph/30486.php


A brief description of how the institution identifies and engages community stakeholders, including any vulnerable or underrepresented groups:

Participants on the boards mentioned above represent a diverse group both in professional background and personal demographics. In addition, the University participates in two key collaborations with the community which are the Albany Promise and the Capital South Campus Center.
The Albany Promise is a Cradle-to-Career Partnership that brings together community partners to improve the academic outcomes of students from the neighborhoods of West Hill, Arbor Hill, and the South End. The objective of Albany Promise is to use a collaborative and evidence-based approach to ensure that all Albany students have the opportunity to succeed in school and beyond. The evaluation component of the program is headed by UAlbany's Center for Human Services Research.
The Capital South Campus Center is an innovative partnership formed of Trinity Alliance, Albany Housing Authority, the University at Albany and other local institutions of higher education to bring learning opportunities into the heart of Albany's South End.
The University hired a special advisor to identify, coordinate and assist the Center's staff in delivering quality programs for residents of the neighborhood.
http://www.albany.edu/news/60071.php


List of identified community stakeholders:

Those serving on the advisory boards listed above will come from a variety of community organizations including: SEFCU, Albany Medical Center, and various law, accounting and business firms. Stakeholders involved in the Albany Promise and the Capital South Campus Center include the Albany City School District, Albany Family Education Alliance, Albany City Common Council, SUNY System Administration, Trinity Alliance and the Albany Housing Authority


A brief description of successful community stakeholder engagement outcomes from the previous three years:

The Albany Promise report summarizes the projects launched in 2014 in four key areas: Early Childhood Success, Third Grade Literacy and Fourth Grade Math Success, and College and Career Success. The report also documents the evolution of the partnership’s goals, shared measurement structure, and process.
The 2014 Report Card outlines:
•The first-ever district-wide assessment of incoming kindergartners with a literacy-based tool, enabling the partnership to measure increases in kindergarten readiness
•Over 55 providers from 22 programs attended monthly professional development opportunities aimed at increasing the quality of early childhood programming in the City.
•After-school providers are being trained in the behavior management system used during school hours to improve consistency for students and allow for more learning time to be added to the students’ day.
• In partnership with Albany High School, the Albany Promise implemented the first-ever universal, in-school administration of the SAT on October 15, 2014, raising the participation level from 53 percent to 82 percent. Black and Hispanic student participation rose from 46 percent to 61 percent.
http://www.albany.edu/news/57977.php and http://www.albany.edu/news/files/ReportCard_2014-2.pdf


The website URL where information about the institution’s community stakeholder engagement framework and activities is available:

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.