Shared Governance Booklet

Introduction to Shared Governance at Cerritos College

Shared governance is a collaborative collegewide process dependent on trust and open communication among stakeholders in an environment of mutual respect, collegiality and accountability.

Shared governance at Cerritos College operates through a collaborative decision-making process in which the members of each of the major campus constituencies -- the Board of Trustees, the Administration, the Management, the Faculty, the Classified/Confidential Staff, and the students -- play an appropriate role. This shared governance process functions in accordance with the Education Code, Title 5 (including AB 1725), and approved policies of the Board of Trustees. As a result, the Board utilizes each constituency group's knowledge, training, experience, and expertise in the formulation and development of college policies and procedures.

When a management representative is to serve on a college committee or other governance group, the ACCME group shall appoint the representative unless a manager is a member of a committee by virtue of the function of the position. When a faculty representative is to serve on a college committee or other governance group, the Faculty Senate shall appoint the representative unless a faculty member is a member of a committee by virtue of the function of the position. When a CCFF representative is to serve on a college committee or other governance group, the CCFF chapter shall appoint the representative. When a classified staff representative is to serve on a college committee or other governance group, the CSEA chapter shall appoint the representative unless a classified staff member is a member of a committee by virtue of the function of the position. When a confidential representative is to serve on a college committee or other governance group, the confidential employee group shall appoint the representative. When a student representative is to serve on a college committee or other governance group, the ASCC shall appoint the representative unless a student is a member of a committee by virtue of the function of the position. This process intends to ensure that campus decision making is the result of timely and pertinent advice from relevant constituencies.

This collegial decision-making process encourages the campus communities to work together to find the best responses to issues the college must address. This collegial governance process assigns primary responsibility for academic and professional matters to the Faculty Senate in accordance with both Title 5 and approved Board Policy. For classified, confidential, and administrative staff, shared governance at Cerritos College functions through the shared governance committee structure and collaborative decision making among the representative college constituencies. This governance process provides opportunities for effective participation in the development and formulation of district policies and procedures, and ensures that jointly developed recommendations for action are forwarded to the Governing Board

For students, shared governance at Cerritos College promotes opportunities to participate in the development and formulation of district and college policies that will have a significant effect on students. This process ensures that positions or recommendations developed by students are given meaningful consideration, and further ensures the collegial development of all recommendations to the Governing Board.

The Cerritos College shared governance process ensures that decisions regarding policies and procedures to be recommended to the College President and Board of Trustees are the result of contributions from appropriate college constituencies that have been developed through the campus committee structure and forwarded to the College Coordinating Committee. Committee members will draw upon their expertise to make informed recommendations that support the mission, goals, and needs of Cerritos College. This collaborative shared governance structure in no way infringes on any of the roles, responsibilities, or legal powers of the College President or the Board of Trustees. The intent of this document is to promote a more efficient, cooperative, and productive environment at Cerritos College. (See Appendix A, Cerritos College Board Policy 2510)

Within each committee, the decision-making processes occur and lead to institutional recommendations. Consensus shall be the preferred decision-making process. If consensus cannot be achieved, committees shall use majority vote of members present and voting as its voting method. In the interest of moving agenda items forward and recognizing the time demands on committee members' schedules, a substitute may be selected to represent any shared governance committee member in his or her absence by the appropriate constituent group. The substitute shall have full voting rights; however, constituent groups must inform the committee chairperson in advance of the meeting. All Institutional, District and Faculty Senate committee meetings are open to the public.

Please view the shared governance document in its entirety for additional information.

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