Glossary of Policy Terms

All Board, State, Federal, and College policies.  Policy – a course or principle of action adopted by COCC; has widespread application; changes less frequently; answers major operational issues; can be legislative in nature; manages actions.  Represents the “what” in terms of what principles or governing actions COCC adopts.  A policy is typically an “umbrella’ for a set of procedures to support the policy.  Example policy;  Non-Discrimination policy (establishes the Colleges position related to non-discrimination).

Any procedure, practice, guideline, identified at the College.  Procedure – an established or official way of doing something; has narrow application; prone to change; often stated in details’ can be judicial in nature; a sequence of steps or activities.  Represents the “how” in terms of how COCC executes daily operations.  A procedure typically supports a policy and provides guidelines for individual actions.  Example procedure: New Business Cards procedures (establishes how you order new business cards).

Academic Program:
Any institutionally established combination of courses and/or requirements leading to a degree or certificate.

Academic Focus:
An area of concentration within the program (e.g. Psychology or Geology).

Direct Service Fees:
The fee is directed to a specific service or tangible good and fee revenues are returned directly to the department coordinating the servic

Indirect Service Fees:
The fee is dedicated to a specific service, but is applied to the College's general fund as a means of covering a portion of the cost.

Governance, with a big G, is the Central Oregon Community College Board of Directors.

There are four governance, with a little g, committees; College Affairs, Institutional Support, Student Affairs, and Academic Affairs.

Refers to initial registration in one or more classes for a given term.

Task Force:
A temporary group of people formed to accomplish a specific task or activity.  It has a well-defined charge and reports back to the creating individual, agency, or committee.

Work Group:
A group formed to investigate/research on a specific project or task sometimes as a subgroup of a committee or a specific group of people reporting to an individual or committee.

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