Comprehensive Standard 3.2.6

 

There is a clear and appropriate distinction, in writing and in practice, between the policy-making function of the governing board and the responsibility of the administration and faculty to administer and implement policy. (Board/Administration Distinction)

 

COMPLIANCE

 

Narrative:

 

Vernon College distinguishes in policy and practice between the policy-making function of the Board of Trustees and the responsibility of the administration and faculty to administer policy as outlined in the Vernon College Board Policy Manual. The Vernon College Board Policy Manual outlines the Powers, Duties, and Responsibilities of the Board and the qualifications and duties and responsibilities of the “President of the College.

 

The responsibility of the Board is outlined in the Vernon College Board Policy Manual, Section BAA Legal (Powers, Duties, Responsibilities) and is excerpted as follows: Is expected to preserve institutional independence and to defend its right to manage its own affairs through its chosen administrators and employees.  Provide policy direction for the College District and adopt such rules, regulations, and bylaws as the Board deems advisable. Appoint or employ agents, employees, and officials as deemed necessary or advisable to carry out any power, duty, or function of the Board; employ a dean, or other administrative officer; upon the College President’s recommendation, employ faculty and other employees of the College District. The Texas Education Code, Section 51.352 affirms the role of the Board of Trustees as the policy maker of the institution by stating the governing board of an institution of higher education shall provide the policy direction for each institution of higher education under its management and control.

 

The Vernon College Board Policy Manual, Section BFA Local (College President Qualification and Duties) states that, in part, the President  in addition to the legally required duties, the College President, within the framework of Board policies and District regulations, shall exercise broad discretionary authority in carrying out responsibilities of the position. In the performance of duties and responsibilities, the President shall perform the following functions: 1. Act as chief executive administrator and be responsible for implementing the policies of the Board…4. Develop administrative principles and procedures for implementing Board policy and proper functioning of the College; and …6. Ensure that an administrative organization exists that reflects the purpose and philosophy of the institution and enable each functional unit to perform its particular responsibilities as defined by the stated purpose of the institution.

 

The Vernon College Board Policy Manual, Section BH Local (Administrative Rules and Regulations) states, in part, the College President and other appropriate staff shall be responsible for developing administrative regulations, consistent with law and Board policies, to serve as detailed guidelines for the operation of the District. These regulations shall be designed to implement Board policies and to achieve the goals and objectives of the District. In the event of conflict between Board policies and administrative procedures, Board policies shall control.

 

The Vernon College Board Policy Manual, Section BGC Local (Faculty Senates and Councils) states, in part, in an effort to promote campus-wide participation in the decision-making processes, the College has established and utilizes a standing committee structure. This structure is designed to assist the administration to make better decisions on given administrative issues with the advice and input of faculty, students, and staff.

 

These items confirm that the Board of Trustees is the policy-making arm of the College, while the President and the College staff are responsible for implementing policy through the administration and management function of the institution.

 

Documentation

 

1.    Vernon College Board Policy Manual, Section BAA Legal (Powers, Duties, Responsibilities)

2.    Texas Education Code, Section 51.352

3.    Vernon College Board Policy Manual, Section BFA Local  (College President Qualification and Duties)

4.    Vernon College Board Policy Manual, Section BH Local (Administrative Rules and Regulations)

5.    Vernon College Board Policy Manual, Section BGC Local (Faculty Senates and Councils)

6.    Vernon College Standing Committees

7.    Vernon College Organizational Charts