ERIC Number: ED369440
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Task Force on College Governance Report to the College Community: 3 Years in Progress.
Grant MacEwan Community Coll., Edmonton (Alberta).
In 1990, the President's Task Force on College Governance was created at Grant MacEwan Community College (GMCC) in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada to survey college staff about their attitudes and expectations regarding their involvement in college decision-making processes and to make recommendations for improvement in these processes. The first actions of the Task Force were directed toward forming needed working groups; educating Task Force members about the legislative definition of governance, results of a 1987 staff survey about staff involvement and communication, and the evolution of governance at GMCC; and bringing in speakers from other institutions and agencies to discuss leadership, governance, and organizational development. Subsequent actions of Task Force sub-committees included the dissemination of a review of documents about collaboration governance; the conduct of focus groups to identify staff concerns about decision-making and communication; the development of a working definition of governance; the discussion of values related to governance; a collegewide staff survey and analysis of results; and the clarification of governance values and principles. Based on these efforts, a brief report summarizing key and supporting governance principles regarding college structures, decision-making and communication was circulated. In June 1991, the Task Force made nine recommendations for implementing these principles, including: (1) that all college units develop and implement action plans to put the governance principles into practice; (2) that the college operate on the principle that decision-making should be generally decentralized; and (3) that a series of workshops on empowerment, leadership, and interpersonal and group skills be made available to staff. Progress of the Task Force toward implementing the nine recommendations, and additional recommendations for the future are included in this report. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Grant MacEwan Community Coll., Edmonton (Alberta).