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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 69.60
Liaison Shanna Eller
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of North Carolina, Greensboro
PA-3: Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.70 / 3.00 Trey McDonald
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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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:

All students have opportunities to participate in elections for student government. Their peers would elect them. Students can also choose to be on governance committees or volunteer to be involved with these committees or with student government.


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 President of the Student Government Association is a member of the University 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 No
Strategic and long-term planning Yes
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 student role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:

Students get many opportunities to provide input. The campus has held forums workshops, and surveys related to tuition and fee changes and the construction of the new Campus Recreation Center. The President of Student Government, who serves as a member of the Board of Trustees, casts votes on many issues that affect students, serving as the voice of the student body. Some examples include: voting on tuition and fees; approving fees for the new Campus Recreation Center; and overview and selection of designers and design elements of the new Campus Rec Center.


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:

All staff have the opportunity to be elected to serve on the UNCG Staff Senate for a 2-year term. Staff are eligible to be nominated to serve by any UNCG employee. Elections are held within divisions (Business Affairs, Academic Affairs, etc.).


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:
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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 Yes
Strategic and long-term planning Yes
Existing or prospective physical resources No
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning Yes
Communications processes and transparency practices Yes
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:

Establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives:
Staff Senate leadership acts in an advisory capacity in a number of key areas; while it is not always directly involved in the creation of new policies, programs, or initiatives, it is responsible for assisting in those processes. Some initiatives include:
• Campus Culture Forums
• Staff recognition programs
• Morale programming
• Employee development initiatives (workshops, seminars)
• Membership on ad-hoc policy advisory committees (Aycock Auditorium Naming Committee, Electronic Cigarette Policy Committee)

Strategic and long-term planning:
Staff Senate is involved with coordinating strategic planning forums and is a seated member on the UNCG Strategic Planning Leadership Committee.
• Facilitated 2 strategic planning open forums for staff.
• Ongoing service on leadership committee
• Service on the Chancellor Search Committee
• Facilitating Staff Open Forums on the Chancellor Search

Budgeting, staffing and financial planning:
Staff Senate representatives serve on the Chancellor’s Budget Sounding Board and participate in some planning and discussion. Other members include campus senior leadership, stakeholder departments, and Faculty Senate leadership.

Communications processes and transparency practices:
One of the Staff Senate’s primary purpose is to ensure that staff voices are heard by senior leadership. To that end the Senate meets regularly with the Chancellor. In addition, the Chancellor's Chief of Staff and the AVC for Human Resources are both ex-officio members of the Senate. The Senate also presents to the Board of Trustees on an annual basis.
• Facilitated multiple open forums surrounding employee relations issues.
• Working Group to investigate implementation of campus Ombudsman's office.
• Creation of a staff relations committee to facilitate better communications between HR and staff.


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:

Tenured, tenure-track, and non tenure track (full time) employees can participate in and be elected to the UNCG Faculty Senate. Adjunct faculty, teaching less than full time, cannot be elected representatives, but can certainly contribute ideas/concerns/comments to their department Faculty Senate representative or through General Faculty meetings.


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?:
No

A brief description of faculty representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:
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Do faculty 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 Yes
Strategic and long-term planning Yes
Existing or prospective physical resources No
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning No
Communications processes and transparency practices No
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:

Faculty contribute ideas and generally are represented on smaller committees to make final “recommendations” on the organizational mission and goals, but not final decisions.

Faculty are well represented on the current strategic planning committee and faculty met to provide input.


The website URL where information about the institution’s governance structure is available:
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Information for this credit was received from:
Alexandra Marchesano, Director of Campus Activities and Programs (Students)
Sean Farrell, Co-chair of the UNCG Staff Senate (Staff)
Dr. Spoma Jovanovic, Chair of the UNCG Faculty Senate (Faculty)

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