What is the Governance Council?

Governance council is a group of appointed members tasked with making recommendations to the president on big picture topics like strategic planning (1, 3, and 5 years in the future), budget alignment, campus culture, major initiatives like Guided Pathways, and the academic calendar. It is extremely important to note, the governance council will not be involved with day-to-day operations. Please see the Participatory Governance Guide link on the left hand side for detailed information and graphics.

Who makes up the council?

The council is composed of 18 members, plus a non-voting facilitator. The 18 members are seated by 3 members of each of the following constituent groups: students, staff, faculty, administration, and affinity groups. To foster diversity and achieve diverse perspectives, each constituent group is further defined as follows:

  • SGA Walla Walla Campus President
  • SGA Clarkston President
  • SGA Executive Board Choice
Staff – Includes Classified and Exempt employees
  • Staff from Operations
  • Staff from Student Services
  • Staff from Instructional Support
  • Adjunct Faculty
  • Full Time Faculty (includes tenured, tenure-track, and annual)
  • Member of Faculty Senate
  • Clarkston Representative
  • CRCC Representative
  • WSP – North Campus Representative
  • Dean or Assistant-Dean
  • Director or Assistant-Director
  • Either of the above two
Affinity Groups
  • Hispanic Caucus
  • Open Seat
  • Open Seat

Who can become a member?

Any member of the college, whether employee or student, can become a Governance Council member, provided they are in good standing. Good standing is defined in the employee and student handbooks. Students must be taking at least 6 credits.

What does a council member do?

Council members research and deliberate on big-picture topics, and then advise the president.

What is the focus of the council?

The topics the council addresses are concerns that touch all or most of the people who either work at or attend the community college. In addition, the council has three areas of concentration: student success, strong communities, and resource stewardship. If you join the council, you would engage through one of these three concentrations.

How do I become a member?

Currently, all seats of the council have been appointed. As opening occur in the future, a campus-wide email will be sent out asking for members to apply with instructions on how to do so.

How long is a membership term?

Terms are for two years except for adjunct faculty and student members whose terms are for 1 year.

How much time will I spend, as a member?

The council will meet twice a month, 1.5 hours each time. Some time is required to research topics between meetings. Estimated total time per month: 3-9 hours.

How are members chosen?

As vacancies occur, the PIO or Temporary Chair, will send out a campus-wide email with instructions on how to apply. Once applications are collected, the PIO or Temporary Chair will then develop a task force with 4 search advocates to appoint the next member. The role of the PIO or Temporary Chair is to ensure all topics in the “Participatory Governance Guide” is followed focusing on seeking ideal diversity and he or she is a voting member on this task force.

Each time an opening occurs, all four search advocates should not have served on this task force previously to ensure power does not reside with one group of people. The new appointed member’s term begins from the date of the first official meeting they attend and will last for two years. Members who have serve previously cannot serve two consecutive terms.

What is “ideal diversity?”

Ideal Diversity is a philosophical position that attempts to include as wide of a scope of opinion, experience, and perspective as possible, in an imperfect world. Ideal Diversity would ensure there is a balanced and fair representation of appointed members chosen for Governance Council. This balance will consider gender, race/ethnicity, academic discipline (i.e. workforce, academic, Bachelor degree), number of other committees serving on (i.e focus on those who are not heard as often), and point in career (i.e. beginning, middle, or end). It also means that if membership applications only come from a homogenous group, the seating body could only choose from a limited range of distinctions.

How do I submit an idea I have for the betterment of the institution?

You have a couple of option. The best method of communication is to contact your constituent group representative. For example, if you are a classified or exempt employee, please contact your staff representatives by clicking on the link appointed members on the left hand side. You can also send an email to [email protected].

What is the role of the Chair and who will be filling it until the Public Information Officer (PIO) is hired?

The PIO is the official chairperson of Governance Council and is responsible for facilitating and ensuring order in meetings, upholding principles and values, safeguarding members and the right to voice their perspective, and meeting are as brief and effective as possible. The PIO is responsible for ensuring transparent communication occurs between the Governance Council, constituents, and the President. PIO will also be responsible for developing and maintaining bylaws. Development of media and training materials is another piece of the PIO’s role, as well as creating and maintaining a web presence. Nadine Barragan is the temporary chair of Governance Council.