The community college governance structure, established by reform legislation (Stats. 1988, c. 973), requires the Board of Governors to maintain a consultation process at the state level to ensure local community college district participation in systemwide policy decisions. Local districts are also required to employ participatory governance within their districts and participate in the consultation process established by the Board for the development and review of policy proposals.
This process evolved over the years into the Consultation Council, which is comprised of 18 representatives of institutional groups such as trustees, executive officers, students, administrators, business officers, student services officers, and instructional officers, and representative organizations, such as faculty and staff unions and associations. Its purpose is to facilitate the participation of community college districts in the development of statewide community college policy in order to insure that the best interests of the students, the system, and the state are served.
The Consultation Council is chaired by the state chancellor and meets once per month to review and evaluate new policy proposals, necessitated either by legal requirements or local need, appoint task groups to develop new policy proposals, review and provide advice on policy issues currently in development, and review and provide advice on the work of standing committees developing annual system proposals, such as the budget and legislative programs.
This formal consultation process allows the entire community college system to advise the chancellor, who makes recommendations to the Board of Governors on matters of policy. The purpose of the consultation process is to strengthen a system of communications, policy development, and review, to ensure the quality and effectiveness of college operations and programs.