ERIC Number: ED454934
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Community College Trustees: Protecting the Public Trust after Appointment to the Board. Occasional Paper.
Carletta, Charles F.
This paper highlights the responsibilities of trustees of the New Jersey Community Colleges. It especially clarifies the relationship between trustees and their presidents, and the relationship between trustees and their county sponsor. Citizen governance of the public colleges has two principal functions: (1) to be responsive to the public interest by bringing the perspective of informed citizens to the heart of the college for setting missions, approving policies and budgets, and selecting and evaluating institutional leaders; and (2) to be thoughtful and knowledgeable advocates for the needs of the college to elected officials and the public. As community college trustees carry out these functions, they must maintain good relationships among themselves while conducting business in an open meetings forum. College trustees must also balance the division of responsibilities between the board and the college administration. Trustees must be prepared to identify priorities, shape institutional responses to New Jersey's needs, and communicate progress to local elected officials. In addition, how a decision is communicated can often be as important as the decision itself. Trustees need to empower their administration and to serve as buffers and bridges between the campus and the larger society it serves. Trustees also need to network with businesses and corporations in an effort to link business with academics. (NB)
Descriptors: Budgets, College Administration, Community Colleges, Educational Administration, Educational Finance, Governing Boards, Public Service, Trustees, Two Year Colleges
New Jersey Council of County Colleges, 330 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08618. Tel: 609-392-3434; Web site: http://www.njccc.org.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Jersey State Dept. of Higher Education, Trenton. Office of Community Coll. Programs.
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey