Frequently Asked Questions
Elections for Governance Councils
- What are the elections for?
- What’s the difference between a council and a committee?
- Who is eligible for election to councils?
- Do I currently have to be serving on a committee to run for election to a council?
- How long a term does a council member serve?
- What is the College Coordinating Council (CCC) and how is membership determined?
- How will these elections affect the committee on which I now serve?
They are for the 6 councils of the new governance structure (see pp. 10, 12, and 18-32 of the Governance System document - PDF*)
Councils are the organizational units of the governance structure. They coordinate and integrate the work of the committees. Positions on councils are elected. Committees are subsets of councils that are grouped according to their function.
Membership on non-contractual committees is open to full-time employees of the college.
Council composition is defined in the Governance System document (PDF*). All constituencies below are eligible for membership on councils:
- Bargaining units
- Classified staff
- College campus (Flanagan, Knight, Liston, Newport)
- Department chairs
- Faculty (full-time)
- Full-time, non-union staff (members at large)
- Professional staff
The Governance System document (PDF*) explains this in more detail, beginning on p. 18.
No. You can be, but it is not necessary.
Three years, except for student members who serve for one year. As the governance system is established, initial terms will be staggered for one, two, or three years. See p. 13 of the Governance System document (PDF*) for more information.
The CCC coordinates the activities of the six college councils, and also reviews matters referred to it by the College President for consideration. For more information, see p. 16 of the Governance System document (PDF*).
Membership is made up of the chairs and vice-chairs of each college council.
The committees will continue to fulfill their missions, as they did in the past. However, each committee will now work with its parent council to develop and refine policies.