Updated on 11/16/2011
The Basics: The Shared Governance system is the governing body here at CCSF. It is comprised of three systems, all of which have permanent committees with them. For policies to change and for new policies to be adopted, all must go through the proper channels of shared governance.
Structure: Shared governance is a three tier system that includes the Academic Senate, the College Advisory Council, and the Planning and Budgeting Council. Issues passed through any one of these systems is then passed to the Chancellor of CCSF, and upon approval, is then presented to the Board of Trustees for final approval – this is the final step in shared governance, where policies can either be passed or denied.
Student Involvement: Each shared governance system has permanent committees within them. This means that before issues are brought to the Academic Senate, College Advisory Council, and Planning and Budgeting Council, they must have passed through a committee. The individuals that make up the councils and committees are CCSF administrators, classified, faculty, and students. The checks and balances of the shared governance system rely heavily on the input of members from all areas of CCSF’s community. Students representatives are the voice of the student body and in many cases, are the only ones to stand up for their best interests.
Opportunity: Student representatives work closely with CCSF leaders and gain valuable experiences discussing and thinking critically about the issues presented to them.
The Shared Governance System provides a unique opportunity for students to have a real say in the policies that shape our community – from the inside out.
For more information on how to get involved, please visit the Associate Dean of Student Activities or the Student Governance Coordinator in the Student Union building.