College faculty, staff, and students participate in the decision-making process through the committee structure. There are three kinds of committees: Governance Committees, Operational Committees, and Advisory Committees.
A complete list of Campus Committees, including designated membership, committee charge, and typical calendar of scheduled meetings, is included on page 6 in the document Making Decisions at Ventura College. The Making Decisions document also includes information on the Ventura College decision-making process: the Mission, Values and Vision Statement( p. 1), The Roles of College Constituent Groups (p. 3), and the College Planning and Program Review Cycle (p. 15).
The charter for governance groups is derived from law and regulation, which outline specific areas in which consultation is mandated (Title 5§.53200c). The composition of governance committees is representative of college constituencies.
Operational committees exist to enable college administrative or organizational units to share information, conduct routine business, and discuss issues of mutual concern. Membership on operational committees is based on one’s assigned, appointed, or elected position at the college.
Advisory committees exist for college programs and services to receive advice and feedback from other members of the campus community and from area constituents. In most cases, membership on advisory committees is open to all interested members of the academic community.