Governance Terms
Governance Terms


Governance Terms

Committee - A group of persons elected or appointed to perform some service or function, as to investigate, report on, or act upon a particular matter. A committee only has power as assigned by its appointer.

College Governance Committee - A group of persons elected or appointed to perform some service or function, whose recommendations ultimately will be made to the presidents cabinet and president. 

Operational Committee - A group of persons elected or appointed to carry into effect the work of the college based on recommendations or ideas that have been approved through the governance process.

Subcommittee - A subdivision of a committee usually organized for a specific purpose.

Task Force - A temporary work group comprised of individuals with specified knowledge for the purpose of accomplishing a definite objective, with the expectation that the group will disband when the objective has been completed.

Task Force objectives are often time sensitive, and as such will need to move expeditiously to complete identified objectives on behalf of the college. The College relies on the Executive Leadership of each constituent group to appoint members to a Task Force to meet their objectives in a timely manner.

Advisory Committee – A committee established for a specific discipline that is comprised of discipline faculty and members in their field of expertise outside the institution.

Steering Committee -The steering committee is a body responsible for guidance, policy and direction within an organization. Committee Membership

Committee Membership is outlined for each PG Group as to the number of representatives from each constituent group. Members are appointed by their respective constituent group as follows:

  • Faculty (includes Associate Faculty, where specified): Academic Senate
  • Students: Student Government Association
  • Management: President/Vice Presidents
  • Classified (includes Supervisory and Confidential): Classified Senate

Committees may also contain resource and/or non-voting members based on need and can be invited to participate by consensus of the committee.