Governance Systems (Policy)
Office of Origin: Board of Trustees
Original Date Adopted: 04-17-2018
Dates Reviewed: 04-17-2018
Last Date Modified & Approved: 04-30-2020
The governance systems of Lake Michigan College (the College) are intended to involve all segments of the College in decisions related to their roles and responsibilities in achieving the mission of the College. This is in acknowledgement of the shared commitment among the Board of Trustees (the Board), the faculty, and the staff to the educational and institutional excellence of the College.
Roles and Responsibilities of the Board in Governance
The Michigan State Constitution of 1963 provides the basis for community colleges throughout Michigan, whereby community colleges are to be supervised and controlled by locally elected boards. The Community College Act of 1966 outlines the powers and duties of boards of trustees, which are summarized as follows:
- Function as the legislative and policy making body of the college.
- Select, appoint, and employ a suitable person as President of the college.
- Establish policies, by-laws, rules, and regulations for its own governance and for control and governance of the college.
- Review and pass on the recommendations of the President regarding personnel policies, chief administrative appointments, budgets, curricula, capital expenditures, and other matters of policy affecting the general welfare of the college.
- Protect and promote the college’s public relations in order to inform the citizens of the district of the college’s programs.
- Encourage adequate financial support of the college through local and state actions.
- Provide counsel and advice to the President regarding the administration of the college.
- Require of the President such periodic reports as the Board deems necessary to keep it properly advised on the administration of the college.
- Protect the faculty from unreasonable pressures from the community and accept the moral obligation to provide such leadership and such service as will engender trust and confidence in education.
- Reserve to itself all of its legal responsibilities for the operation of the college.
Roles and Responsibilities of the President in Governance
The President is the chief planning officer, chief executive officer, and chief operating officer of the College. The President possesses the authority to:
- Administer the policies adopted by the Board, using such discretion as is necessary to implement such.
- Recommend adoption, modification, or repeal of policies to the Board.
- Make recommendations pertaining to College personnel to the Board.
Roles and Responsibilities of the Administration in Governance
The administration has the obligation and authority to develop and modify procedures that implement Board policies. The administration has the further responsibility to consult appropriately with the faculty and staff on issues pertinent to the effective operation of the College in a manner responsive to faculty and staff advisement and initiatives.
Roles and Responsibilities of the Faculty in Governance
Faculty have the obligation to participate actively in College governance through involvement with College committees, taskforces, and councils.
Roles and Responsibilities of the Professional-Technical and Classified Staff in Governance
The Professional-Technical and Classified Staff have the obligation to participate actively in College governance through involvement with College committees, taskforces, and councils.
At a minimum, the following governance communication processes will occur:
- At least once a semester, the President will meet with the Cabinet and Faculty Communication Committee (CFCC) to discuss matters of concern to either or both parties.
- At least once per year, the President will meet with the Classified Staff to discuss matters of concern to either or both of the parties.
- At least once per year, the President will meet with the Administrators and Professional-Technical Staff to discuss matters of concern to either or both of the parties.
- Whenever a standing or ad hoc committee containing faculty representation forward written recommendations to the appropriate administrator, said administrator will respond, in writing, to that committee as to the disposition of the recommendation as well as reason for the disposition within 45 days.
- Whenever College policies or procedures affecting faculty contractual conditions are adopted or modified, such adoptions or modifications will not take effect until after consultation with the faculty has taken place and the adopted or modified policies or procedure has been published on the College’s website (for policies) or intranet (for procedures) and disseminated among the faculty via the College’s Chronicle e-newsletter.
- Whenever College policies or procedures affecting administrators, professional-technical staff, or classified staff are adopted or modified, such adoptions or modifications will not take effect until after the adopted or modified policies or procedure has been published on the College’s website.
References: Human Resources - Administrators & Professional Technical Staff Overview policy; Human Resources - Classified Staff Overview policy; Labor Agreement between Lake Michigan College and the Lake Michigan College Education Association MEA\NEA; Board Governance policy