Governance at san diego mesa college
Governance at mesa

At Mesa

Mesa College - Participatory Governance Defined

Education Code, section 70901(b), states “procedures established by governing boards in community college districts to ensure faculty, staff, and students the right to participate effectively in district and college governance, and the opportunity to express their opinions at the campus level and to ensure that their opinions are given every reasonable consideration.”

At San Diego Mesa College, participatory governance, sometimes referred to as shared governance, permits all stakeholders (faculty, students, staff, and administration) the opportunity to take part in decision-making processes. This process includes collegial consultation and dialogue resulting in suggestions and recommendations that are strongly considered.

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SDCCD - Participatory Governance Board Policy

The Board of Trustees of the San Diego Community College District is committed to collegial governance. In accordance with Title 5, Sections 51023.7, 51023.5, and 53200-53204, and the mission of the San Diego Community College District: To provide accessible, high quality learning experiences to meet the diverse educational needs of the community; the District shall adopt policies for the appropriate delegation of authority and responsibility to the Academic Senates, and provide students and staff with an opportunity to participate in the formulation and development of policies and procedures that have or will have a significant effect on students and staff.

Board Policy 2510 was adopted with the intent of ensuring that faculty, students and staff have the right to participate effectively in the governance of the District. The policy also ensures the right of the Academic Senates to assume primary responsibility for making recommendations in the areas of curriculum and academic standards. This policy also does not limit other rights and responsibilities of management and the Board as specifically provided in existing State and other regulations

The Benefits of Participatory Governance

  • Expertise and Analytical Skills of Many
  • Understanding of Objectives/Decisions
  • Commitment to Implementation
  • Leadership Opportunities
  • Promotion of Trust and Cooperation
  • Opportunity for Conflict Prevention and Resolution
  • Less Dissent
  • Transparency

Who is involved

All campus constituents have a role:

  • Faculty
  • Students
  • Staff
  • Administration
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