For the past two years, this Designing Our Future commons website has been used to post documents and solicit comments about a new governance system for Bellevue College. Last spring, elections were held and appointments made to launch BC Governance (BCG). The official BCG webpage can now be found on the main Bellevue College website (www.bellevuecollege.edu/governance). Please visit that site to find out what’s happening in governance and how you can participate.
President Rule sent the following letter to the college community, emphasizing key aspects of the Strategic Plan for AY 2016-16.
“This is an exciting time to be at Bellevue College as we embrace a myriad of opportunities to collectively develop and implement key initiatives that are aligned with our Strategic Plan. Our new governance structure reaffirms Bellevue College’s commitment to and investment in a collaborative process that is broad based. This update is provided to communicate recent outcomes from the summer retreats of the Board of Trustees and President’s Cabinet.
During the Board retreat the objectives from our strategic plan were discussed and objectives with higher priorities were identified and grouped. Further refinement followed at the President’s Cabinet retreat.
Listed below are the key strategic priority initiatives that will be the foundation for our academy-wide planning and implementation throughout the 2016-2017 academic year. Each of your divisions will meet to determine their contributions and overall foci for moving the college toward achieving these initiatives.
These priority items, in particular 1.1 and 3.1, will also provide an opportunity for continued work that advances the 2015-16 priorities (5% increase in retention and completion) and to continue to use those as indicators/measures of progress.
§ SP 1.1. Create an organized and efficient environment where students are able to set and meet their goals.
§ SP 1.2. Forge leadership and participation in new initiatives, certificates, and degrees that meet the needs of the region such as expanded baccalaureate programs.
§ SP 3.1. Offer equitable opportunities: affordability; programs to support success and retention; initiatives such as closing the gap.
§ SP 3.2. Provide equitable services through the practice of universal design and accessibility.
§ SP 3.4. Integrate the principles of social justice into the everyday college operations.
§ SP 5.2. Create uniform and efficient processes based on guiding principles and best practices.
This is an investment in and commitment to student success, access, and affordability as we strengthen the operational infrastructure at Bellevue College. Your support of and participation in making this year’s work plans a reality will be the key to successfully serving our entire community at BC.
I look forward to the next steps as we serve with a spirit of social justice and ensure that the educational experience at Bellevue College is indeed exceptional.”
The BC Governance College Assembly met Monday, June 13, for the first time and elected the following officers for 2016-2017.
Chair: Jason Fuller (faculty)
Vice chair: Sam Akeyo (student)
Secretary: Becky Turnbull (classified staff)
The election of the Assembly officers completes the election and appointment process. Members are seated for positions on the Assembly and all councils. Council membership rosters and a list of council officers can be found on the BC Governance page.
The Governance Development Team would like to thank everyone who participated in the election and appointment process. Additional opportunities to serve on committees will arise in the coming months.
The Student, Faculty, Exempt, and Classified councils are currently working on their appointments to the functional council. Some positions are still pending, but partial lists can be found on the Council Membership page.
The Bellevue College community has completed its first election for the constituency councils of the new BC Governance system. The Governance Development Team–Jim Craswell, Jason Fuller and Tracy Biga MacLean–and Governance Coordinator Alice Jenkins worked closely with Michèle Royer to achieve a secure and anonymous ballot. We are happy to report that more than 30% of college faculty and staff participated in the voting.
Elected members can expect a welcome email. Details about the first two meetings of the constituency councils can be found here.
The next step will be for the constituency councils to appoint the membership of the functional councils, all of which will meet on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 8 (NOTE DATE CHANGE). The first meeting of the College Assembly will take place on Monday, June 13.
Thanks to everyone who nominated a colleague, ran for a council, or voted. We appreciate your participation.
All BC employees will be emailed an electronic ballot based on their constituency group: classified, exempt, or faculty. Faculty will vote for Faculty Council members based on their academic division, EWD, LMC, or Counseling status. Your voting email will also include a link to the appropriate voter guide.
Members of the Student Councils have already been selected by the Associated Student Government elections that were recently concluded.
Initial meetings of the constituency councils will take place on the following days/times:
- Faculty Council, Monday, May 9 from 2:45-4pm
- Exempt Council, Tuesday, May 10 from 2:45-4pm
- Classified Council, Thursday, May 12 from 2:45-4pm
Voter guides for constituency councils are now available for employee review. Exempt and classified staff will vote for at large positions. Faculty members will vote based on academic divisions, EWD, the LMC, or Counseling in order to ensure representation across the college. An email will be sent on May 2, directing voters to the electronic ballot.
Thanks to everyone who completed the recent Culminating Feedback Survey. The Governance Development Team appreciates the positive results and the many comments, questions, and suggestions. The document below shows the level of consensus by employee group as well as responses to some of the most frequently asked questions about the new system.
Founding documents related to BC Governance are now available for review on the BC Governance page. A survey requesting feedback on the new system will be sent April 4-8, with a nomination period to follow.
The Faculty Advisory Group, which has been working closely with the Governance Development Team, has provided a list of FAQs in response to faculty comments on College Issues Day.