ERIC Number: ED462101
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Los Angeles Community College District: It Has Improved Its Procedures for Selecting College Presidents.
California State Office of the Auditor General, Sacramento.
This auditor's report reviews the procedures used by the Los Angeles Community College District (California) to select its college presidents. In September 1999 the district revised its procedures by designating a person who is solely responsible for ensuring compliance with board procedure, establishing timelines for the selection process, and having a greater proportion of selection committee representatives appointed from the campus community. These revisions have improved the accountability of the process and provide for greater community involvement. The district has been slow to replace interim presidents, and in four instances since 1995, the district had an interim president at a college longer than state regulations permit. The district's costs to select college presidents have increased significantly (from $6,200 to $34,000 per search) but are consistent with costs incurred by other districts. Recommended improvements include adopting Community College League of California-recommended practices currently not in use (e.g., establishing a budget), archiving selection documents to demonstrate compliance with all required procedures and to memorialize the process for subsequent searches, performing selection procedures promptly to avoid having interim presidents longer than regulation allows, and developing a system to track all costs associated with each presidential search. (Includes one table and three figures.) (KP)
Descriptors: Administrator Selection, Audits (Verification), College Presidents, Community Colleges, Educational Policy, Leadership, Search Committees (Personnel), State Regulation, Two Year Colleges
California State Auditor, Bureau of State Audits, 555 Capitol Mall, Suite 300, Sacramento, CA 95814 ($3). Tel: 916-445-0255; Web site: http://www.bsa.ca.gov/bsa/.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Office of the Auditor General, Sacramento.