The Trustees held its Board workshop on Saturday, January 20, 2108. Here is a brief summary of the discussions and actions taken.
Vice President of the Board Bruce Emad presided over the meeting in President of the Board Mathew's absence. Trustee Emad did a great job facilitating the discussions (we adjourned earlier than expected).
Accreditation Training with Dr. Richard Winn. Dr. Richard Winn, President of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), led an extremely informative and engaging discussion with the Trustees relative to accreditation and on the vision Dr. Winn has for the ACCJC. Dr. Winn talked about the new partnering/collaborative relationship between the ACCJC and the member institutions, why Trustees should care about accreditation, the peer review process, the three types of accreditation (regional, national and programmatic), the purpose of accreditation, as well as the accreditation process. Dr. Winn also spent time familiarizing and/or re-familiarizing the Trustees on Standard IV.C. Governing Board. I included the IV.C handout in this article.
Discussion on Board Roles and Protocol. The Board of Trustees have fiduciary responsibility for the governance of the District and serving to oversee and shape its broad policies. The role as a CR Trustee involves important work and requires a significant time commitment. Because our Trustees recognize that all members of the college community have high expectations for the effectiveness of the Board as a whole, the Trustees agreed to re-engage in a dialogue of their role and responsibilities.
The Board's discussion was extremely honest and enlightening on a variety topics including: The discussion and voting process of agenda items going in front of the Board, Trustee education and professional development, protocols related to community comments at Board meetings, and the Board/President relationship. The Board asked me to review AP 2345 Public Participation at Board Meetings. They also asked me to make sure that BP 2715 Code of Ethics/Standards of Practice and AP 2715 Board Protocols for Effective Trusteeship had the proper references included in the documents.
I want to reiterate to the college community how lucky we are to have Trustees who are accomplished, dedicated, and who share a loyalty for, and commitment to, College of the Redwoods.
Discussion on Trustee Advocacy. Trustee Dorn introduced the topic of Board advocacy last fall semester. The issue was so important to the Board that the Trustees wanted to have an in-depth discussion on the issue. In the end, the Trustees asked me to draft a policy for Board discussion.
Approval to make an offer, negotiate and sign all necessary documents to purchase surplus property from the County of Humboldt. The Trustees agreed that the purchase and renovation of this property would be a great opportunity to expand our Construction Technology (CT) education program. Thank you to Derek Glavich, faculty member in the Construction Technology Department, and Angelina Hill for moving us forward!
The Trustees had a great conversation, during the discussion of this agenda item, about the wonderful reputation of our Construction Technology Program. I agreed to include a presentation of the CT Program on a future Board meeting agenda.
Initial Proposal from the Redwoods Community College District to the College of the Redwoods Faculty Organization. The District sunshinned our desire to open discussions with CRFO relative to Article V Benefits.