ERIC Number: ED318494
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: 0
Collegial Governance at College of Marin: A Governmental Model. Management Report 1989-90/2.
Stetson, Nancy E.
The College of Marin has adopted a model of collegial governance that involves the entire campus community in recommending policies and procedures that determine the rules by which employees and students live. The model, which was designed by a task force representing faculty, staff, and students, is based on the U.S. Government model of executive, legislative, and judicial branches. Its major components are an Academic Senate, a Classified Senate, a Student Senate, and a Senate Executive Board. Each of the three Senates has two major roles: (1) to review and recommend District policies and College procedures; and (2) to recommend appointments from its membership to College governance committees. The Senate Executive Board is composed of an equal number of representatives from each of the three Senates. Proposals for new or changed policies or procedures travel through a number of committees before reaching the Senate Executive Board (comparable to a legislative conference committee), where the proposals are refined using suggestions from the three individual Senates. The Board of Trustees has the final authority to veto or amend policies recommended to it by the Superintendent/President, who serves as the chair of the Senate Executive Board. The Superintendent/President has the authority to change recommended procedures if she or he feels they are not in the college's best interests. Through the collegial governance system, the College of Marin has established committees; these include the Affirmative Action Committee, Employee Development Committee, Planning Committee, and Instructional Equipment Committee. Since the model's implementation, 42 policies and procedures have been recommended and approved. (WJT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of California Community Coll. Administrators.