Mesa College's institutional governance structure encourages the process of independent and critical thinking based on good observation, questioning and research protocols. This governance process is participatory, meaning that all vested interest groups or individuals have the opportunity to voice opinions. When decisions are formulated based on these standards, the College benefits from the creativity of participating groups.
The Mesa College administration is represented in institutional governance through membership on the Deans' Council, leadership of the schools, and representation on the President's Cabinet and other participatory governance committees.
The faculty is represented in institutional governance through the Academic Senate, President's Cabinet, Chairs Committee, school meetings, and other participatory governance committees. The faculty exercises a voice in academic programs and curricula and faculty personnel through committees such as Academic Review Committee, Student Services Council, Curriculum Review Committee, Academic Affairs Committee, Academic Program Review Committee, and through the faculty hiring process.
The Classified Staff is represented in institutional governance through the Classified Senate, President's Cabinet, school meetings, hiring committees, and other participatory governance committees.
The Associated Students Government is the representative body of the students in the participatory governance process at Mesa College. The Associated Students President and Vice President represent students on the President's Cabinet. Student participation in campus affairs is also strengthened by membership on many college committees.