College Committees

What is Participatory Governance?

Assembly Bill 1725 enacted a structure for community college governance that strengthens the role of faculty, staff and students.  This shared governance structure ensures that faculty, staff,  students, and managers of the Contra Costa Community College District have the right to participate effectively in district and college governance.

The law recognizes that a basic principle of higher education governance is that authority derives not only from the powers vested in governing boards but also from the knowledge and experience possessed by the faculty, staff, students, and members of the college.  Participatory governance is vital to the development and implementation of sound educational policy.

Participatory governance is an inherent relationship between involvement in decision-making and responsibility/accountability for the decisions made.

Contra Costa College embraces participatory governance and its governance structure reflects participation of faculty, staff, students and managers.

This is reflected in Contra Costa College’s Procedures Handbook, policy A1002.0.

There are ovals labeled with various committee names, they are shown in rows across the page.  The first main row is labeled constituent groups and has the following ovals from left to right.  Academic senate council, Classified senate council, President, Management council, Associated student union  Under the academic senate council oval, three committees are listed: curriculum committee, distance education, equivalency committee  Under the president oval is listed the presidents cabinet. There is a downward arrow labeled “agenda set” going down from president and an upward arrow labeled “recommendations “  The next main row has one oval labeled College Council.  In that oval, the text also says “Recommendations to president college-wide decisions, 5F, 5C, 5M, 5S, Constituent group consensus, Rotating chair”  The third main row has 4 ovals labeled, Planning, Budget, Student success and Operations. Each of these ovals has additonal text as follows:   Planning.  College plans, Program Review Validation 4F, 4C, 4M, 4S individual vote F, M co-chairs.  Budget. Budget analysis &  recommendations, Disseminate budget information 2F, 2C, 2M, 2S individual vote M chair.  Student Success. Initiative oversight, data, improvement recommendations, equity 2F, 2C, 2M, 2S individual vote Chair elected by members.  Operations. Decisions on routine operations, recommendations on non-routine 2F, 2C, 2M, 2S individual vote M chair  There are lists under 3 of the ovals as follows:  Planning:  Marketing and Recruitment .  Student success: SLO/ALO, Professional Development.   Operations: Safety, Sustainability, Technology