Ultimate Goal

Sustain a respectful college learning environment that welcomes an open workplace experience where voices are valued through empowerment, consensus-building, and active participatory governance.

Definition of Participatory Governance: Participatory Governance at Skyline College ensures all constituent groups and the campus community including students, faculty, classified professionals, and managers are given the opportunity to express their opinions at the campus level, to ensure that these opinions are given every reasonable consideration, and to ensure the right to participate effectively in college-wide decision-making.

The Work Ahead

  • Gain an understanding of the work we have done already and transfer of knowledge
  • Continue defining the structure and charge of our committees
  • Ensure broad understanding of our participatory governance structure and decision-making across campus
  • Maintain an interactive website for each committee and ensure open meetings and transparent publication of agendas and minutes
  • Authorize all committees and groups to report out at least annually to the College Governance Council


model of the four groups of the participatory governance structure

Senates and councils provide information reports.
Constituent committees provide action items.
The College Governance Council provides recommendations.
The president uses all of this input to make decisions.

model of Participatory Governance structure: senates and councils provide information reports, constituent committees provide action items, College Governance Council provides recommendations, and the president uses all of this input to make decisions.