Arizona Western College defines Shared Governance as a system of decision-making incorporating the informed collective input of stakeholders willing to participate in the deliberative process for the best interest of the college and the communities we serve.

Proposal Form

This form is to facilitate the processes of shared governance of this institution. It is possible for any student or employee of the institution to submit a proposal to the presiding council in order to enhance the development and support the implementation of the strategic plan for the betterment of the institution.

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Group Creation Proposal Form

Please refer to Shared Governance Handbook Section 6: Committee, Workgroup, and Taskforce Creation & Protocols for further details related to facilitation and documentation of committee work.

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Academic Council

Purpose

The purpose of the Academic Council is to monitor, provide input, and make recommendations on procedures concerning academic and curricular issues. It may also provide input, make recommendations, decisions, and approvals concerning academic and curricular practices. It also oversees and decides on matters from committees, workgroups, and taskforces concerned with specific issues related to these areas. Authority: For matters of strict academic and curricular concern, the Academic Council has the authority to make decisions; though some decisions may require final approval from the College Governance Council, College President, or the District Governing Board.

Such areas include:

  • Curriculum
  • Articulation
  • Guided Pathways
  • Academic Calendar
  • Honors Program
  • Class Scheduling Guidelines
  • Placement Testing

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College Governance Council (CGC)

Purpose

The College Governance Council (CGC) exists to ensure district-wide representation in larger matters impacting the college by establishing and maintaining consistent communication, transparency, and accountability standards in order to focus efforts on our College mission for student success.

Purview of the CGC: All areas of college interest that exceed any individual council’s or association’s area of purview.

Relation to President: The CGC shall function primarily as a recommending body to the College President. 

Membership: Cabinet, PAA representative, CEA representative, Faculty Senate representative, 5 Master council representatives.  

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Community Advancement Council

Purpose

The purpose of the Community Advancement Council to monitor, provide input, and make recommendations on procedures concerning the college’s partnerships with other Yuma and La Paz county institutions and the college’s public face. It may also provide input, make recommendations, decisions, and approvals concerning practices involving those same issues. It also oversees and decides on matters from committees, workgroups, and taskforces concerned with specific issues related to these areas.

Authority

For matters strictly concerned with the college’s external relations, the Community Advancement Council has the authority to make decisions; though some decisions may require final approval from the College Governance Council, College President, or the District Governing Board.

Such areas include:

  • KAWC Radio
  • Social Media
  • Website
  • K-12 Outreach
  • Continuing Education
  • AWC Foundation
  • Conference & Events

Officers

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District Operations Council

Purpose

The purpose of the District Operations Council is to monitor, provide input, and make recommendations on procedures concerning services and activities that support, enhance, and maintain the quality of services and facilities for staff and students. It may also provide input, make recommendations, decisions, and approvals concerning practices involving those same issues. It oversees and decides on proposed actions coming from committees, workgroups, and taskforces concerned with more specific issues related to such services and activities.

Authority

For matters strictly concerned with district services, the District Operations Council has the authority to make decisions; though some decisions may require final approval from the College Governance Council, College President, or the District Governing Board.

Such areas include:

  • Facilities
  • Grounds
  • Financial Services
  • Travel
  • Human Resources
  • Space Utilization

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Institutional Development Council

Purpose

The purpose of the Institutional Development Council is to monitor, provide input, and make recommendations on procedures concerning the assessment and enhancement of college-wide services broadly conceived. It may also provide input, make recommendations, decisions, and approvals concerning practices involving those same issues. It also oversees and decides on matters from committees, workgroups, and taskforces concerned with specific issues related to these areas.

Authority

For matters strictly concerned with institutional enhancement, the Institutional Development Council has the authority to make decisions; though some decisions may require final approval from the College Governance Council, College President, or the District Governing Board.

Such areas include:

  • Technology
  • Assessment
  • Professional Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Master Calendar

Officers

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Student Experience Council

Purpose

The purpose of the Student Experience Council is to monitor, provide input, and make recommendations on procedures concerning services and activities that support and enhance the student experience at all AWC campuses. It may also provide input, make recommendations, decisions, and approvals concerning practices involving those same issues. It oversees and decides on proposed actions coming from committees, workgroups, and taskforces concerned with more specific issues related to such services and activities. Authority: For matters strictly concerned with the student experience outside of the classroom, the Student Experience Council has the authority to make decisions; though some decisions may require final approval from the College Governance Council, College President, or the District Governing Board.

Such areas include:

  • Accessibility Services
  • Career and Transfer Preparation
  • Co-curricular Support Services
  • Extracurricular Experiences
  • Student Wellness
  • Housing & Food Security
  • YCAT Relations
  • Service Learning
  • Student Leadership

Officers

 Agendas and Minutes