The college governance committees accomplished a lot this semester, and they all seem to share a common sense of accomplishment and optimism. While the process is not yet perfect, it seems like we are moving in the right direction.
November 17 the Integration Council (IC) forwarded funding recommendations for equipment/supplies, human resources and facilities, based on 10-11 program reviews, to the Budget Committee (BC) for its use in developing the budget. recommendations for funding of technology were developed and are being evaluated and confirmed with the help of the IT Department and Technology Committee.
This is the first time that the governance committees have worked together to make budgeting decisions and important lessons were learned. Chief among these is the importance of ensuring that units include specific requests with sound justifications in the program review and secondarily, that regular meetings of the governance committee chairs is key to improving the alignment of governance processes.
On Friday, December 9, the BC approved its annual budget plan and submitted recommendations to the CC for their discussion and review.
The CC received the BC recommendations for budget allocations for the 2011-12 academic year and began discussion and review at the December 12 meeting. CC anticipates having a final recommendation for the President by the end of January 2012.
The CC also endorsed the Institutional Planning Committee (IPC) to move forward on a proposal for a Strategic Planning Process.
IPC made the following recommendation to CC on Monday, December 12:
IPC recommends that the college begin a process of formal strategic planning and further, that the college enter into a professional relationship with Amistad Associates to develop a comprehensive approach to strategic planning. The CC endorsed this recommendation at the meeting. IPC will begin the process of developing a proposal with Amistad Associates in the spring 2012.
It is now possible for ALL DVC constituencies, including our students, to access our governance committee minutes and agendas through the Insite portal. Follow links above or log on to the portal, click on the committee tab, and scroll down to the list of DVC committees.