Role of Shared Governance Committee
The Shared Governance Committee was initially formed as a work group of College Affairs in Feb. 2016 and approved as an Advisory Committee in February 2018. Currently, we are a small team of four (representing faculty, staff and administration) that is working to develop and maintain effective Shared Governance at COCC. Below is our charge:
The purpose of the Shared Governance Committee is to primarily function as a resource for the chairs and members of committees doing the work of shared governance at COCC. Shared Governance committee members will be ex-officio guests at policy committee meetings (specifically, Academic and College Affairs) to provide new chairs with guidance on the decision making process. The Committee members will also be available as a resource should problems arise within committees and recommend changes.
The Committee would also be responsible for facilitating the following annual activities:
- Establish and maintain a culture where Shared Governance is both valued and effective;
- Shared Governance Workshops for new committee chairs and members each fall;
- Updating of the Shared Governance Handbook;
- Working with committee chairs, review annually the Committee Matrix and its alignment with the General Policies Manual;
- Develop and initiate a process of assessing the effectiveness of Shared Governance at COCC generally, and do an annual review of the committees, which will entail collecting and compiling End of Year reports, looking for redundancies, and encouraging transparency between committees and with the College at large.
- Develop a process of improving communication between committees and college groups, including determining the best location of a repository of key committee documents.
- Facilitate an annual review of the General Policy Manual by stakeholders.