College-wide Council was formed in the summer of 2008. The purpose of College-wide Council is to provide a forum for the leaders of the institution to improve “one college” communications among the four campuses and the centers, and to enhance and support implementation of the strategic priorities of the College. Membership consists of approximately one hundred fifteen individuals including the members of President’s Cabinet and their direct reports from all College sites, all other director level administrators and above, the AFT Executive Committee, the Chairman of College Council and SEIU Council. College-wide Council meets three or four times each year and holds an extended retreat each summer.
College-wide Council also functions as the College planning committee. Its initial planning task was to review and update the college strategic plan for 2006-2011. College-wide Council is currently engaged in finalizing the 2011-2016 Strategic Plan, an effort that began during the council’s Summer 2010 retreat.
The College-wide Council also engages in action planning related to organizational development. The council developed and implemented projects and strategies to respond to perceptions about the organization identified in a climate assessment survey titled the Culture’s Contextual Elements Questionnaire (CCE). Projects undertaken in response to the CCE include: establishing consistency in hours of operation for student services units at all campuses, a review of job descriptions in relation to learning centered aspirations of the college, improved integration of program review and budgeting processes and an initiative to improve awareness of the College mission.
College-wide Council also functions as a forum for the professional development of its members. Professional development is provided through guest lectures by authoritative presenters on educational and societal topics such as Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton, President of Cuyahoga Community College, a nationally recognized speaker on community college’s roles and responsibilities, and Dr. Ronald Williams, Vice President of the College Board.