Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 29.05
Liaison Sally Hopley
Submission Date March 31, 2016
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Metropolitan Community College
PA-3: Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00 Sally Hopley
Coordinator of Sustainable Practices
Campus Planning and Sustainability
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Do all enrolled students, regardless of type or status, have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies (through direct participation or the election of representatives)?:
Yes

A brief description of the mechanisms through which students have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies:

Each Campus and Center annually will elect a Campus Student Representative to serve for a one-year term on the College Student Advisory Council. The nomination and election process shall be in accordance with procedures prepared by the College’s Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, approved by the Board of Governors.


Is there at least one student representative on the institution’s governing body who was elected by peers or appointed by a representative student body or organization?:
Yes

A brief description of student representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:

There shall be a Student Ex Officio Member of the Board of Governors, who shall be elected annually for a one-year term from among the members of the College Student Advisory Council.


Do students have a formal role in decision-making in regard to the following?:
Yes or No
Establishing organizational mission, vision, and/or goals No
Establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives No
Strategic and long-term planning Yes
Existing or prospective physical resources Yes
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning No
Communications processes and transparency practices No
Prioritization of programs and projects No

A brief description of the formal student role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:

In developing MCC's strategic and long-term planning, students were invited on many occasions to take part in MCC’s Master Planning process. Focus Groups, surveys and sessions were provided to include them in the planning process and feedback concerning student furniture in the commons and classroom spaces.
Regarding existing or prospective physical resources, students can participate via focus groups, surveys and sessions were provided to include them in the planning process and feedback concerning student furniture in the commons and classroom spaces.


Do all staff, regardless of type or status, have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies (through direct participation or the election of representatives)?:
No

A brief description of the mechanisms through which all staff have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies:

While MCC does not have a formal mechanism for governance or change, we believe that the lines of communication within departments and reporting relationships, voices of the staff are heard and honored.


Is there at least one non-supervisory staff representative on the institution’s governing body who was elected by peers or appointed by a representative staff body or organization?:
No

A brief description of non-supervisory staff representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:
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Do non-supervisory staff have a formal role in decision-making in regard to the following? :
Yes or No
Establishing organizational mission, vision, and/or goals No
Establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives No
Strategic and long-term planning No
Existing or prospective physical resources No
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning No
Communications processes and transparency practices No
Prioritization of programs and projects No

A brief description of the formal staff role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:

N/A


Do all faculty, regardless of type or status, have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies (through direct participation or the election of representatives)?:
Yes

A brief description of the mechanisms through which all faculty (including adjunct faculty) have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies:

The Faculty Ex Officio position was created by the MCC Board of Governors to enhance communication at the college. Serving as a non-voting faculty representative on the MCC Board of Governors, this individual provides updates at the monthly board meetings regarding faculty interests and issues.
The Faculty Ex Officio is an elected position with a two-year term of office ending November 30 in even-numbered years. To be eligible, a faculty member must hold a full-time faculty position and be willing to commit to a two-year term of office.


Is there at least one teaching or research faculty representative on the institution’s governing body who was elected by peers or appointed by a representative faculty body or organization?:
Yes

A brief description of faculty representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:

The Faculty Ex Officio position was created by the MCC Board of Governors to enhance communication at the college. Serving as a non-voting faculty representative on the MCC Board of Governors, this individual provides updates at the monthly board meetings regarding faculty interests and issues.
The Faculty Ex Officio is an elected position with a two-year term of office ending November 30 in even-numbered years. To be eligible, a faculty member must hold a full-time faculty position and be willing to commit to a two-year term of office.


Do faculty have a formal role in decision-making in regard to the following?:
Yes or No
Establishing organizational mission, vision, and/or goals No
Establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives No
Strategic and long-term planning No
Existing or prospective physical resources No
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning No
Communications processes and transparency practices No
Prioritization of programs and projects No

A brief description of the formal faculty role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:

The Academic Council, which has been in existence more than 12 years, serves as the primary academic body to consider all issues related to teaching and learning. It is comprised of one faculty member from each of the ten dean areas, a curriculum design expert, two adjunct faculty members, and two deans. These individuals are elected by their faculty cohorts and serve a two year term. The Council solicits, reviews, and researches relative topics and makes recommendations to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. They also serve as the sounding board for policies that affect teaching and learning and they report their activities to the faculty within their represented academic dean areas. Faculty provide invaluable input and feedback to the decision makers; however, they do not directly make the final decision.


The website URL where information about the institution’s governance structure is available:
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