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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 65.93
Liaison Srinivasan Raghavan
Submission Date Feb. 24, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Missouri
PA-3: Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Hannah Peterson
Graduate Research Assistant
Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
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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:

Missouri Students Association (MSA): the recognized undergraduate student government

Graduate Professional Council (GPC): the official student government for all graduate, professional and post-baccalaureate students

Chancellor's Standing Committees: These committees work on a variety of issues around campus and make recommendations to the Chancellor. Students can serve as representatives on these committees.
-Campus Facilities Planning Committee
-Campus Mediation Service Committee
-Campus Parking and Transportation Committee
-Campus Recreation Committee
-Campus Safety Committee
-Campus Space Utilization Committee
-Capital Review Committee
-Family Friendly Campus Committee
-Committee on Committees
-Concerts Committee
-Environmental Affairs and Sustainability Committee
-Honorary Degrees Committee
-Intercollegiate Athletics Committee
-Lectures Committee
-Library Committee
-Minority Affairs Committee
-Missouri Unions Committee
-MU Information Technology Committee
-Persons with Disabilities Committee
-Residence for Tuition Purposes Committee
-Residential Life Committee
-Retiree, Health and other Benefits Advisory Committee
-Revision of Student Records Committee
-Status of Women Committee
-Student Conduct Committee
-Student Fee Capital Improvements Committee
-Student Financial Aid Committee
-Student Organizations Committee
-Student Publications Committee
-Traffic Appeals Committee

Board of Curators: The Board of Curators, the institution's governing body, has one student representative who is appointed by Missouri’s Governor and is confirmed by the Senate. This student offers input to help the Board of Curators understand how their decisions may affect students across the University of Missouri System.


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 Board of Curators, the institution's governing body, has one student representative who is appointed by Missouri’s Governor and is confirmed by the Senate. This student offers input to help the Board of Curators understand how their decisions may affect students across the University of Missouri System.

Chancellor's Standing Committees: To be a student representative on one or more of the Chancellor's Standing Committees, students can apply through Missouri Student Association (MSA) or Graduate Professional Council (GPC), and then will be appointed to a committee(s).


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:

The Board of Curators addresses some and the variety of Chancellor's Standing Committees address each of the areas above, and because there are student representatives on each committee, students are able to have a formal role in the decision-making processes. A few examples are listed below.

-Establishing organizational mission, vision, and/or goals: Board of Curators
-Establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives: Student Organizations Committee, Campus Recreation Committee, Missouri Unions Committee
-Strategic and long-term planning: Campus Facilities Planning Committee, Environmental Affairs and Sustainability Committee,
-Existing or prospective physical resources: Campus Facilities Planning Committee, Campus Parking and Transportation Committee, Campus Space Utilization Committee
-Budgeting, staffing and financial planning: Capital Review Committee, Student Fee Capital Improvements Committee
-Communications processes and transparency practices: Campus Mediation Service Committee, all of these committees practice communication and transparency because they are in communication with the Chancellor
-Prioritization of programs and projects: All committees prioritize their own 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 Advisory Council (SAC): The SAC mission is to advise the Chancellor on matters of mutual interest to MU staff, provide an appropriate and effective channel for bringing staff concerns and interests to campus administration, and act as a liaison for staff and administration.

Chancellor's Standing Committees: These committees work on a variety of issues around campus and make recommendations to the Chancellor. Staff can serve as representatives on these committees.
-Campus Facilities Planning Committee
-Campus Mediation Service Committee
-Campus Parking and Transportation Committee
-Campus Recreation Committee
-Campus Safety Committee
-Campus Space Utilization Committee
-Capital Review Committee
-Family Friendly Campus Committee
-Committee on Committees
-Concerts Committee
-Environmental Affairs and Sustainability Committee
-Honorary Degrees Committee
-Intercollegiate Athletics Committee
-Lectures Committee
-Library Committee
-Minority Affairs Committee
-Missouri Unions Committee
-MU Information Technology Committee
-Persons with Disabilities Committee
-Residence for Tuition Purposes Committee
-Residential Life Committee
-Retiree, Health and other Benefits Advisory Committee
-Revision of Student Records Committee
-Status of Women Committee
-Student Conduct Committee
-Student Fee Capital Improvements Committee
-Student Financial Aid Committee
-Student Organizations Committee
-Student Publications Committee
-Traffic Appeals Committee


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:

Chancellor's Standing Committees: To be a staff representative on one or more of the Chancellor's Standing Committees, staff can apply through the Staff Advisory Council, and then will be appointed to a committee(s).


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 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 staff role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:

The variety of Chancellor's Standing Committees address each of the areas above, and because there are staff representatives on each committee, staff are able to have a formal role in the decision-making processes. A few examples are listed below.

-Establishing organizational mission, vision, and/or goals: Campus Safety Committee, Campus Facilities Planning Committee
-Establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives: Student Organizations Committee, Campus Recreation Committee, Missouri Unions Committee
-Strategic and long-term planning: Campus Facilities Planning Committee, Environmental Affairs and Sustainability Committee,
-Existing or prospective physical resources: Campus Facilities Planning Committee, Campus Parking and Transportation Committee, Campus Space Utilization Committee
-Budgeting, staffing and financial planning: Capital Review Committee, Student Fee Capital Improvements Committee
-Communications processes and transparency practices: Campus Mediation Service Committee, all of these committees practice communication and transparency because they are in communication with the Chancellor
-Prioritization of programs and projects: All committees prioritize their own projects.


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:

Faculty Council: the elected representative organization of the MU Faculty to the University Administration and to the public at large. It organizes those efforts of the faculty that transcend department, school and college, and helps to make the faculty more than a collection of units that share a catalog and a local geography.

Chancellor's Standing Committees: These committees work on a variety of issues around campus and make recommendations to the Chancellor. Faculty can serve as representatives on these committees.
-Campus Facilities Planning Committee
-Campus Mediation Service Committee
-Campus Parking and Transportation Committee
-Campus Recreation Committee
-Campus Safety Committee
-Campus Space Utilization Committee
-Capital Review Committee
-Family Friendly Campus Committee
-Committee on Committees
-Concerts Committee
-Environmental Affairs and Sustainability Committee
-Honorary Degrees Committee
-Intercollegiate Athletics Committee
-Lectures Committee
-Library Committee
-Minority Affairs Committee
-Missouri Unions Committee
-MU Information Technology Committee
-Persons with Disabilities Committee
-Residence for Tuition Purposes Committee
-Residential Life Committee
-Retiree, Health and other Benefits Advisory Committee
-Revision of Student Records Committee
-Status of Women Committee
-Student Conduct Committee
-Student Fee Capital Improvements Committee
-Student Financial Aid Committee
-Student Organizations Committee
-Student Publications Committee
-Traffic Appeals Committee

Observer to the Board of Curators - The Board Observer is a member of the Executive Committee and represents the Council at meetings of the Board of Curators. The Board Observer reports to the Council on items of interest from meetings of the Board of Curators.


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:

Observer to the Board of Curators - The Board Observer is a member of the Executive Committee (of Faculty Council) and represents the Council at meetings of the Board of Curators. The Board Observer reports to the Council on items of interest from meetings of the Board of Curators. A Faculty Council member is elected to be in this position.

Chancellor's Standing Committees: To be a faculty representative on one or more of the Chancellor's Standing Committees, faculty can apply through the Faculty Council, and then will be appointed to a committee(s).


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:

The variety of Chancellor's Standing Committees address each of the areas above, and because there are faculty representatives on each committee, faculty are able to have a formal role in the decision-making processes. A few examples are listed below.

-Establishing organizational mission, vision, and/or goals: Board of Curators
-Establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives: Student Organizations Committee, Campus Recreation Committee, Missouri Unions Committee
-Strategic and long-term planning: Campus Facilities Planning Committee, Environmental Affairs and Sustainability Committee,
-Existing or prospective physical resources: Campus Facilities Planning Committee, Campus Parking and Transportation Committee, Campus Space Utilization Committee
-Budgeting, staffing and financial planning: Capital Review Committee, Student Fee Capital Improvements Committee
-Communications processes and transparency practices: Campus Mediation Service Committee, all of these committees practice communication and transparency because they are in communication with the Chancellor
-Prioritization of programs and projects: All committees prioritize their own projects.


The website URL where information about the institution’s governance structure is available:

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