The District Consultation Council is the representative body designed to facilitate cross-District communication, support the governance processes at each College, and assist in District governance as described in the accreditation standards. The District Consultation Council facilitates and integrates communication across the four sites of the District by:
- Reviewing the Board agenda prior to action by the Trustees;
- Recommending appropriate participatory governance structures for the District, and monitoring and assessing effectiveness of the implementation of said governance structures;
- Receiving and analyzing recommendations from College governance bodies and determining the appropriate next step for such recommendation;
- Reviewing District-wide compliance with accreditation standards for the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior College/Western Association of Schools and Colleges; and
- Serving as the District-wide strategic planning body of the District.
Constituent agreement/disagreement on Board items discussed in Consultation Council are noted as a Board informational item in the Chancellor’s summary statement "Chancellor’s Recommendations of Board of Trustees Agenda." Discrete agenda items presented to the Board in areas of senate primacy contain advisory recommendations and comments from Chancellor, President, Executive Vice President, and Dean. The Chancellor has the right to accept, reject, or modify recommendations from the District Consultation Council. When the Chancellor rejects or modifies a recommendation from the District Consultation Council, he/she informs that group of the objections to their recommendation. The Academic Senates and Associated Student Governments (ASG) retain the right to present their comments on the Chancellor’s recommendation directly to the Board of Trustees. The authority of the District Consultation Council is limited by the scope of delegated Board authority to the Chancellor, collective bargaining agreements, and constituent group authority as provided by law. This council meets once per month, unless it is necessary to hold an additional meeting. The District Consultation Council engages in a formative assessment of its processes annually. Members understand that they attend meetings to represent constituent groups at a College or the District Administrative Center. In this role, members formulate recommendations to the Chancellor through consultation and are responsible to serve as a conduit for information and the catalyst for discussion on topics raised at the District group and within the constituent group.
Chair: District Chancellor
Members: Vice Chancellor, Business and Administrative Services; Vice Chancellor, Human Resources; Director, Administrative Relations; Executive Vice President (1), (appointed by Chancellor); District Classified Representative (1); Classified Confidential Representative (1)
From Each College: College President; Academic Senate President or designee; Classified Senate President; Associated Student Government Representative
From the Collective Bargaining Units: AFT President, SEIU President
Typically, the council meets monthly, or as needed.
* Dates changed to accommodate 4/40 summer schedule.