PRINCIPLES OF COLLEGIAL GOVERNANCE
As administrators, faculty, staff, and students at Columbia College, we recognize our
common interest in the success and well being of the Yosemite Community College
District (YCCD), Columbia College, and its students. In order to ensure success we all share the responsibility of acting jointly so that the college speaks to the district and the community with one voice, maintains stability and continuity, and effectively fulfills its stated mission.
We recognize that in order to ensure a joint effort, each of the college constituent groups (administration, faculty, staff, and student body) must have an initiating capacity and decision-making participation in the important areas of college and district deliberations and actions. Differences in the weight of each constituent's voice will necessarily differ according to the responsibility assumed by the constituent in the implementation of the decision at hand (i.e., Student Services and Academic Senate for matriculation procedures, the student body and Student Services for student government concerns, etc.).
The forum for discussion and final recommendations for college action or initiating
recommendations or reactions to District Council shall be the Columbia College Council.
The Columbia College President should rarely have to exercise his/her power of review or make final opposing decisions since this collegial decision-making process recognizes the variety of skills within the institution and is based upon mutual trust and respect. Any decision made by the Columbia College President that differs from the consensus should be communicated in writing with specific reasons to the members of the Columbia College Council.
All constituent groups and individuals must recognize that outside bodies and agencies having jurisdiction over the YCCD and/or the college will, at times, set limits on the time available for action. At such times, every effort will be made to communicate with or through the Columbia College Council, but the ultimate responsibility for responding lies with administration and must be met. In such cases where time does not allow lengthy consideration, action taken will be communicated to the Columbia College Council.