Participatory governance, broadly defined, refers to a set of practices through which all constituencies of an institution participate in significant decisions. At Mission, participatory governance includes the active participation of staff, faculty, student, and administrator constituency groups. This structure enables and empowers all members of the institution to participate in the discussion of important issues, and through this dialogue, in institutional efforts to improve practices, programs, and services, all in support of student learning.
Committees, both standing and ad hoc, rely heavily on the participation and leadership of faculty, classified staff, students, and administrators. The specific functions of individual committees vary depending on the committee’s charge, the topic or problem under discussion, and the committee’s predefined role in planning and governance activities. More information can be found in the Participatory Governance and Decision Making Handbook.
Mission College Academic Senate
Mission College Academic Senate
The Mission College Academic Senate (MCAS) is charged with representing all full-time and associate faculty members in academic and professional matters. The shared governance provisions of AB 1725 have greatly increased the role of the Academic Senate in college policy and specify eleven broad areas in which the Board of Trustees must rely primarily upon the advice of the Senate. The Senate also consults with WVMFT, AFT 6554 on work-related issues to ensure a uniform faculty voice. Senators representing each division are elected by the full-time faculty in the division. Senators representing associate faculty are elected by the associate faculty at large. The Senate president represents the Senate on most shared governance committees and is elected by all faculty, both full time and associate. Recommendations of the Senate are regularly communicated to the College President, the Governance and Planning Committee, the Chancellor’s Advisory Council, and the Board of Trustees. MCAS meets every Thursday 2:20-4:15.
Mission College Classified Senate
Mission College Classified Senate
The Mission College Classified Senate (MCCS) represents basic unit, confidential, and supervisory classified staff. The Senate provides a formal structure to ensure the role and participation of classified staff in the college's formation of campus goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and regulations.
Associate Student Government
Associate Student Government
The Associated Student Government (ASG) represents student issues and voices opinions, participates in decision-making process, and discusses school activities and projects. The ASG is responsible for appointing students to college and district participatory governance committees. The ASG provides input to the prioritization process for new planning and resource requests through their appointments to the CBAC and College Council committees. The ASG President also meets regularly with the College President at the President’s Roundtable to discuss student issues or concerns. Students have a responsibility to gather information from these meetings and to disseminate this information to, and collect feedback from, their student peers.
The College Council (CC) serves as an overall coordinating body in the governance of Mission College. The
body coordinates initiatives that arise from either internal college business or opportunities
presented by the community. The group serves as a planning body and provides advice
to and consultation with the President and, at times, through the President to the
Chancellor and the Board of Trustees. The group serves as a body to whom appeals can
be made if decisions of the constituent bodies are in excessive conflict. College
Council meets every other Wednesday at 12:30-2:00.
Academic Senate Subcommittees
Academic Directions Committee – The Academic Directions Committee serves as a standing subcommittee of the Academic Senate to provide support to the Senate and the College as a whole for the examination and maintenance of the balance of curriculum at Mission College. ADC meets the second Thursday of the month from 4:30-5:30.
Associate Faculty Committee – The Mission College Associate (Part-Time) Faculty Committee serves as a standing subcommittee of the Academic Senate to provide support to the Senate and the College as a whole on all academic issues pertaining to part-time faculty.
Career and Technical Education Committee – The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Committee serves as a standing subcommittee of the Academic Senate to lead the College in reviewing, refining and developing innovative CTE programs and initiatives. The CTE committee meets Wednesdays from 4:00-5:30.
Curriculum Review Committee - The Curriculum Review Committee (CRC) is responsible for reviewing proposals for new and revised courses and programs and making recommendations to the MCAS concerning curriculum policies and procedures, general education requirements, certificate and degree requirements, and graduation requirements. CRC meets Wednesdays from 2:15-4:00.
Distance Learning Committee – The Distance Learning (DL) Committee recommends policies for distance education in compliance with Title V regulations. It provides resource materials for best practices in distance education and advocates for new technologies in development of online teaching materials. The DL committee meets Mondays from 2:30-3:30.
Faculty Professional Development Committee – Working with the Professional Development Super Committee, the Faculty Professional Development Committee oversees faculty professional development activities, plans Flex Day workshops, coordinates the new faculty mentor program and evaluates the Teaching, Learning and Improvement fund proposals. The committee also provides recommendations to the MCAS on professional development policies and procedures. The committee meets on Monday a month from 1:00-2:00.
Noncredit Committee – The Mission College Noncredit Committee serves as a standing subcommittee of the Academic Senate to provide support to the Senate and the College as a whole and facilitate the implementation of noncredit programs and courses at Mission College.
Committee meetings will be held as needed during the academic year but at least twice per semester.
Program Review Committee – The Program Review Committee (PRC) facilitates the annual program review process and provides recommendations to the MCAS on program review policies and procedures. The committee meets Fridays from 11:00-12:00.
College Council Subcommittees
Art on Campus Committee – The Art on Campus Committee acquires, maintains, preserves, protects, and documents works of art for the Mission College campus, and manages the public display cases and areas. The committee meets as needed.
College Budget Advisory Committee – The College Budget Advisory Committee (CBAC) guides the overall budget process, implementation, and timelines as part of institutional planning. Working with the Institutional Effectiveness Committee, CBAC reviews strategic planning and resource requests. CBAC reviews funding sources and provides recommendations to College Council regarding budget allocations. CBAC meets every other Wednesday from 12:30-2:00.
Facilities & Safety Committee – The Facilities and Safety Committee (FSC) oversees college facilities-related issues including maintenance, space allocation, remodeling and construction. The committee will facilitate the college's emergency preparedness plan. FSC will make recommendations College Council regarding how the college can better meet the facilities mandates. The FSC meets every second/fourth Thursday from 12:30-2:00.
Institutional Effectiveness Committee – The Institutional Effectiveness Committee reviews institutional planning activities for completion, develops institution-set standards, evaluates performance on institutional effectiveness measures and works with responsible parties to develop improvement plans when those measures fall short of college standards, and evaluates the Integrated Budget and Program Review Resource Allocation Process. The committee meets every other Wednesday from 4:00-5:00.
Marketing Advisory Committee – The Marketing Advisory Committee reviews research data, recommendations, available budgets and the college's enrollment objectives, and collectively advises the Marketing Director and staff of marketing opportunities and priorities. The committee also assists with marketing activities wherever possible or secures the support of staff who could. The committee support outreach efforts and assist with campus events and event planning. The committee meets monthly as needed.
Organizational and Professional Development Committee – The Organizational and Professional Development Committee guides implementation, oversight and review of the Mission College Organizational and Professional Development Plan, coordinate College Flex Day Activities, makes recommendations to the college and to the district on policies and procedures, serves as liaison with the District related to staff development matters and Flex activities, plans staff/professional development activities, and reviews and makes recommendations regarding staff/professional development accreditation standards. The committee meets the third Wednesday of every month from 4:00-5:00.
Outcomes Assessment Committee – The Outcomes Assessment Committee (OAC) oversees the implementation of the Student Learning and Service Area Outcomes and Assessment process at Mission College. The OAC meets every first and third Thursday from 1:00-2:00.
Student Equity and Success Committee – The Student Equity and Success Committee reviews institutional and state data to make recommendations on activities and policies that focus on three major areas 1) student equity; 2) completion and retention; 3) student engagement. The committee meets the first and third Monday from 2:00-3:30.
Sustainability Committee – The Sustainability Committee acts as a resource and knowledge base for campus sustainability decisions, helps Mission develop a "green" identity in both curricula and practice, and provides information and outreach to increase campus awareness. The committee meets Wednesdays from 2:00-3:30.
Technology Committee – The Technology Committee develops the Technology Plan, and identifies areas of technology need and innovation. The committee meets every second and fourth Thursday from 2:30-4:00.
Division Council – Division Council (DC) coordinates administrative functions and provides support and assistance to faculty colleagues in assigned or merged areas. Committee members assist the executive administration with shared policy development and administration and the promoting of areas of the college both internally and externally. DC is composed of one Department Chair representative from each division, all Division Deans and the Vice President of Instruction. DC meets every other Monday from 10:00-12:00.
Student Services Council – Student Services Council (SSC) advises on matters pertaining to college policies and procedures, strategic initiatives, program review/master planning, budget allocation, and matters that pertain to the well-being and academic success of students. This council also serves as a community information network. SCC meets bi-weekly throughout the Fall and Spring semesters.