Standard IV: Leadership and Governance
- Board and Administrative Organization
In addition to the leadership of individuals and constituencies, institutions
recognize the designated responsibilities of the governing board for setting
policies and of the chief administrator for the effective operation of the
institution. Multi-college districts/systems clearly define the organizational
roles of the district/system and the colleges.6
- The institution has a governing board that is responsible for establishing
policies to assure the quality, integrity, and effectiveness of the student
learning programs and services and the financial stability of the institution.
The governing board adheres to a clearly defined policy for selecting and
evaluating the chief administrator for the college or the district/system.
- The governing board is an independent policy-making body
that reflects the public interest in board activities and decisions.
Once the board reaches a decision, it acts as a whole. It advocates
for and defends the institution and protects it from undue influence
- The governing board establishes policies consistent with
the mission statement to ensure the quality, integrity, and improvement
of student learning programs and services and the resources necessary
to support them.
- The governing board has ultimate responsibility for educational
quality, legal matters, and financial integrity.
- The institution or the governing board publishes the board
bylaws and policies specifying the board’s size, duties, responsibilities,
structure, and operating procedures.
Previous: Standard IVA, Decision-Making Roles and Processes
Next: Standard IVB, Board and Administrative Organization