ERIC Number: ED374860
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jul-18
Reference Count: N/A
A College Trustee's Policy-Making Primer: The Role of a Policy Board in Governing Policy-Making.
Bolduc, Trudy; Lafrance, Glenys
This guide to the policy-making functions of community colleges' boards of trustees is based on a 3-year operational review conducted by Cambrian College in Sudbury, Ontario (Canada). The guide begins by outlining the purposes and processes of Cambrian's governance self-study. Next, differences among Canadian colleges that affect the role of their boards in policy making are noted, including age, size, and governance structure. The characteristics of five types of boards (i.e., working, administrative, administrative/management, management/policy, and policy boards) are outlined next. A list of the characteristics of effective policy boards is followed by lists of the responsibilities of a policy board for a medium- to large-sized college, and of the processes required for board effectiveness. Quotes that illustrate how academics view policy are followed by statements defining and establishing the purpose of governing policies; e.g., governing policies must be future-oriented and above day-to-day operations and the pressures and crises of the moment. Comments on levels of policy (i.e., mission and values; and governing, executive, and operating policy) are followed by charts illustrating areas of policy making and approaches to policy making on the issues of staff development, expense reimbursement, copyright, and graduation requirements by policy level. Guidelines for the governance of policy development cover the steps of identification of need, formulation, adoption, implementation, and review and evaluation of the policy. Next, a checklist provides a framework for individual trustees to use in analyzing the development, establishment, and review of their Board's governing policies and for staff to use in carrying out their related functions. Concluding comments discuss the related issues of policy making and leadership. Contains 10 references. (KP)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: College Cambrian College ON
Note: Some graphics are dark and contain small type. Paper presented at "Leadership 2000," the Annual International Conference of the League for Innovation in the Community College and the Community College Leadership Program on Leadership Development in Community Colleges (6th, San Diego, CA, July 17-20, 1994).