governance at a glance - december 2011

September 2012

The college governance committees are well underway this fall. With the November focus on everyone’s mind, the committees are keeping up with their work and moving forward into an uncertain future.

Please remember that all governance meetings are open to all members of the campus community; you are always invited to attend.

What is in this issue:

Budget Committee (BC)
Institutional Planning Council (IPC)
Integration Council (IC)
College Council (CC)

Budget Committee (BC)

At the last BC meeting, the budget for 12-13 was reviewed and adopted. The BC will have to look at the budget again following the election and the outcome of proposition 30. BC discussed the impact to college finances in each of the scenarios if the proposition passes or fails. They continued a discussion from last term about increasing the committee membership by adding a second constituency representative from each group. This change of committee membership will be on the agenda at the next meeting.

BC will create the annual budget plan in October.
Current chairs: Ray Goralka (faculty), second chair Michael Almaguer (management)

Institutional Planning Council (IPC)

IPC has not yet met this fall – but you have seen a lot about what the Strategic Planning Taskforce is up to (see separate emails from Peter.)
Current Chairs: Tish Young (management) co-chair position is open

Integration Council (IC)

The IC has met twice this fall and is formulating its final recommendations for resource allocation. The recommendations will be contained in the 2011-12 Report, which will be finalized at their October meeting and forwarded to BC and then to CC.

Subsequent meetings this term will focus on themes chosen for 2012-13: “Clarify, Simplify, Improve!” as IC participates in improvement efforts and considers the following topics:

  • Strategic planning
  • Integration of operational committees
  • Revision to PR process
  • Governance structure
  • Accreditation self-evaluation
  • Innovation 

Current Chairs: Beth McBrien (faculty) and Kim Schenk (management)

College Council (CC)

College Council goals for fall 2012 are to:

  • complete review of the college committee structure and make recommendations for improvement;
  • facilitate communication between the four governance committees for effective college governance;
  • review the IC and BC recommendations for resource allocation for 2012-13, in preparation for the completion of CC’s recommendation to the president.

Actions to achieve these goals:

  • CC has reviewed the college committee self-evaluations and is conducting a dialog with many of those committees about the needs of the college and how well DVC’s current committee structure is addressing those needs. From that dialog, CC will formulate recommendations to the president;
  • the CC chair has scheduled monthly meetings of the co-chairs of the four governance committees, at which the co-chairs will share the governance committees progress on achieving their goals, and solicit appropriate input and suggestions. The first meeting was on Aug 29;
  • the co-chair meetings will provide a forum for shared information and dialog across committees about the development of IC and BC recommendations for resource allocation, with the goal that those recommendations, as well as CC’s final recommendation to the president, will be reflective of a shared understanding of the processes, goals, and concerns from each committee.


  • Developing and maintaining timelines for completion of tasks, particularly with respect to governance committee roles in the resource allocation process;
  • Clarifying the CC’s role in oversight and critical evaluation of college committees.

Current Chairs: Rachel Westlake (management) and Nancy Deason (faculty)

For the charges and functions of the above committees, please see the College Committee Handbook.

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.