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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 51.12
Liaison Matthew Williams
Submission Date June 30, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Florida
PA-3: Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 3.00 Liz Storn
Program Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Do all enrolled students, regardless of type or status, have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies (through direct participation or the election of representatives)?:
Yes

A brief description of the mechanisms through which students have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies:

Students are able to apply for positions in Student Government for Executive positions (Agency Heads, Executive Directorships, Cabinet Secretary/Under Secretary positions, Cabinet Director/Assistant Director positions, Assistant Supervisor of Elections and/or Election Commissioner), open Senate seats & Committee seats, as well as Staff positions under Agency heads & Executive Directors. Additionally, elections are held for the Executive Branch and Senators (by College) in the Spring and Senators (by living area) in the fall. Within Student Government there are opportunities to participate in Cabinets and Agencies. More information is available at: http://staging.sg.ufl.edu/Branches. Finally, students are appointed to serve on Joint Faculty/Staff Standing committees.


Is there at least one student representative on the institution’s governing body who was elected by peers or appointed by a representative student body or organization?:
Yes

A brief description of student representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:

The Student Body President, elected by students in the Spring, is a member of the UF Board of Trustees


Do students have a formal role in decision-making in regard to the following?:
Yes or No
Establishing organizational mission, vision, and/or goals Yes
Establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives Yes
Strategic and long-term planning Yes
Existing or prospective physical resources Yes
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning Yes
Communications processes and transparency practices Yes
Prioritization of programs and projects Yes

A brief description of the formal student role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:

- Establishing organizational mission, vision, and/or goals
- Establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives
- Strategic and long-term planning
- Existing or prospective physical resources
- Budgeting, staffing and financial planning
- Communications processes and transparency practices
- Prioritization of programs and projects


Do all staff, regardless of type or status, have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies (through direct participation or the election of representatives)?:
Yes

A brief description of the mechanisms through which all staff have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies:

Staff at UF are able to participate in the Academic and Professional Assembly, an official organization representing the University's academic and professional staff not represented in the Faculty Senate. The APA serves in an advisory capacity to the President and the Faculty Senate. Additionally, staff are appointed to serve on Joint Faculty/Staff Standing committees, which advise the administration.


Is there at least one non-supervisory staff representative on the institution’s governing body who was elected by peers or appointed by a representative staff body or organization?:
No

A brief description of non-supervisory staff representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:

N/A


Do non-supervisory staff have a formal role in decision-making in regard to the following? :
Yes or No
Establishing organizational mission, vision, and/or goals No
Establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives No
Strategic and long-term planning No
Existing or prospective physical resources No
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning No
Communications processes and transparency practices No
Prioritization of programs and projects No

A brief description of the formal staff role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:
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Do all faculty, regardless of type or status, have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies (through direct participation or the election of representatives)?:
Yes

A brief description of the mechanisms through which all faculty (including adjunct faculty) have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies:

The number of elected members of the Senate will be apportioned among the
Academic Units based on the number of faculty in each unit with each Academic
Unit having at least two elected voting members. The remaining seats shall be
apportioned among the Academic Units based on the number of faculty members
in each unit, with the restriction that no Academic Unit will have a number of
voting elected members larger than one-sixth of the elected voting membership of
the Faculty Senate.

Faculty are also appointed to serve on various Joint Faculty/Staff advisory committees.


Is there at least one teaching or research faculty representative on the institution’s governing body who was elected by peers or appointed by a representative faculty body or organization?:
Yes

A brief description of faculty representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:

The Chair of the Faculty Senate serves as an ex-officio voting member of the Board of Trustees.


Do faculty have a formal role in decision-making in regard to the following?:
Yes or No
Establishing organizational mission, vision, and/or goals Yes
Establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives Yes
Strategic and long-term planning Yes
Existing or prospective physical resources Yes
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning Yes
Communications processes and transparency practices Yes
Prioritization of programs and projects Yes

A brief description of the formal faculty role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:

As the legislative body of the University, the Senate is directed by the University
Constitution to take cognizance of matters which concern more than one college, school,
or other major academic unit, or which are otherwise of general University interest; and it is empowered by the University Constitution to legislate with respect to such matters,
subject to the approval of the President and in appropriate instances the Board of Trustees and subject to the regulation procedures of the Florida Board of Governors, if applicable.
Among such matters are:
(1) The educational policies of the University
(2) The creation of new degree programs
(3) The abolition of degree programs
(4) Curricula matters affecting more than one college
(5) Criteria for faculty appointment, promotion and tenure
(6) Matters of general professional importance
(7) Recommendations of candidates for honorary degrees
(8) The University calendar
(9) Academic regulations affecting students

The faculty senate has provided representatives to UF's strategic planning committee and on all advisory committees.


The website URL where information about the institution’s governance structure 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.