Central Oregon Community College has used a system of academic rank throughout its history as a means of recognizing the quality of a faculty member's contribution to the College. The system of rank encourages and guides the ongoing balanced evolution of faculty engagement at the levels of primary assignment, professional development, and service to the College and to the community. The College believes the system of rank fosters and rewards excellence that enhances the learning experiences of COCC students, facilitates engagement with our colleagues and the larger community, and reinforces COCC's mission and values. Promotion recommendations are made to the President by a faculty- chaired committee. Promotion is awarded by the Board of Directors upon recommendation by the President.