Brookdale’s Governance Structure

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Brookdale Governance

Governance is a forum for the entire college to discuss and/or resolve campus issues. We want your opinions on all issues, such as smoking, food in the classroom, parking, grade appeal process, and class scheduling.

To participate, simply attend the Forum meetings! You’re also encouraged to join Governance committees, where you can be involved in discussions and suggestions for growth and management.

Advantages of participating in Brookdale Governance:

  • Presenting your point of view on all kinds of issues
  • Raising your concerns about the College
  • Meeting colleagues and making friends from all corners of Brookdale

If you are interested in learning more about Governance, please contact Chair Ave Latte.

Governance Standing Committees

Steering Committee  (1 student)
The Steering Committee is the organizational and management body of the governance system and the College Forum. This committee routes any issue that is raised to the appropriate individual or committee for consideration. Steering also develops the agenda for Forum meetings and monitors committee membership.

Academic Council (2 students)
Oversight of the establishment and discontinuance of all courses and programs and other matters related to curricula. Assures adherence to College policies on academic matters and reviews any actions that affect curricula.

Academic Standards Committee (2 students)
Reviews academic standards pertaining to programs and services offered by the College. Recommends revisions of existing policies, regulations, procedures and practices which impact upon the achievement and maintenance of College standards in the academic purview and suggests new ones. (Grading, class scheduling, course repetition, etc.)

College Life Committee (4 students)
Considers and recommends policies concerning the overall quality of life of the Brookdale community. Relevant matters include the campus environment, non-academic services, facilities use and management, and relations between the College and the community. (Parking, smoking, food in the classroom, etc.)

Institutional Planning and Effectiveness Committee (1 student)
Develops, monitors and evaluates the College’s strategic planning and assessment processes. Provides a set of institutional strategies and objectives that align with each other, address the appropriate external factors and drives the College’s budget. Develops, monitors and assesses the major indicators of institutional effectiveness.

Student Development Committee (4 students)
Addresses the needs and concerns of students outside the classroom by recommending policies to enhance student success, growth and development. May include extra-curricular activities, student behavior, and other issues that effect students’ development. (College communications with students, the new student experience, etc.)

Governance Permanent Committees

These committees have ties to one or more standing committees and have college-wide membership, but are not charged by the Steering Committee.

The Foundational Studies Committee:

-Advises, develops and recommends all policies, procedures and regulations concerning Foundational Studies to the Vice President for Learning or the appropriate Governance committee.
-Facilitates ongoing College discussion regarding the mission, goals, and objectives of Foundational Studies.
-Evaluates and provides guidance for ongoing assessment of Foundational Studies.
-Defines, investigates and develops effective solutions for various problems relating to basic skills that are identified by the committee and/or other areas of the college community.
-Encourages cross-discipline communication in which philosophical, pedagogical and pragmatic issues are discussed.

The General Education Committee

Oversees the list of general education courses.  Specifically, the committee determines which new courses will be suitable for use as General Education credits, reviews program plans and catalog listings to insure compliance with external and internal General Education policies, and conducts hearings to arbitrate disputes over the General Education status of courses and proper format of programs.

The Honors Committee

Advises, develops, and recommends all policies, procedures, and regulations concerning Honors at Brookdale to the Vice President for Learning or to the appropriate Governance committees.

-Facilitates ongoing College discussion regarding the mission, goals, and objectives of Honors.
-Evaluates and provides guidance for ongoing assessment of Honors.
-Prepares semester schedules for Honors course offerings.
-Solicits faculty to develop and offer Honors courses.
-Publicizes Honors course offerings.
-Coordinates with PTK activities.


Brookdale values communication and inclusion.

Through collegial governance and the provision of a Student Life and Activities Board, all members of the Brookdale community have a role of influence in the College`s future. Through ongoing dialogue and discussion with all constituencies of the College, both internal and external, Brookdale seeks to clearly represent all that it does and seeks to achieve.