San Diego Miramar College complies with AB 1725 and the California Administrative Code Title 5, Sections 51023 and 53200, through a participatory governance process wherein faculty, classified staff, administrators, and students participate in collegial discussion and policy recommending activities. The mission of the governance structure at San Diego Miramar College is to:
- Implement the mission of the College through compliance with AB 1725;
- Provide the opportunity for input from all college constituencies;
- Base the decision-making process on open communication and shared information;
- Create a process to promote open communication between constituencies; and
- Encourage all to hear and respect the needs and expectations of faculty, staff, students and administrators in a consensus-building atmosphere.
The participatory governance structure and procedures upholds the San Diego Community College District's Board Policy BP 2510 and Administrative Procedure AP 2510, Participation in Local Decision-Making, which mandates the following: The Board of Trustees shall respond to recommendations of the Academic Senate through either of the following:
- The Board of Trustees shall elect to rely primarily on the advice and judgment of the Academic Senate for the following policy development:
- Degree and certificate requirements;
- Grading policies;
- Educational program development;
- Standards or policies regarding student preparation and success;
- District and college governance structures, as related to faculty roles;
- Faculty roles and involvement in the accreditation processes, including institutional self-evaluations and annual reports; and
- Processes for institutional planning and budget development.
- The Board of Trustees shall attempt to reach mutual agreement with the Academic Senates for the following policy development
- Curriculum, including establishing prerequisites, placing courses within disciplines and assessment of student learning;
- Policies for faculty professional development activities;
- Processes for program review; and
- Other academic and professional matters as mutually agreed upon between the governing Board of Trustees and the Academic Senates.
The governance structure at San Diego Miramar College is designed to encourage participation of the students, faculty, classified staff and administrators. Participation in governance processes and committees occurs through membership of their officially recognized constituent groups, the Associated Student Government, the Academic Senate, the Classified Senate and the College President.
The College’s standing committees and committees of the Academic Senate come under the Brown act and represent “Advisory Standing Committees.” These committees function to gather information, analyze and make proposals, and develop reports and recommendations to their constituent groups through a process of research and collegial discussion. These committees make recommendations to the College President, the Academic and Classified Senates, and the Associated Student Government in accordance with the operating procedures outlined in the College Governance Handbook. All recommendations are forwarded to the College Executive Committee for final resolution.