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Participatory/Shared governance at the Rio Hondo Community College District is achieved in the spirit of cooperation, collaboration, and collegiality. It promotes the Vision, Mission, and Value Statement as well as the Code of Ethics statement of the College and ensures their achievement through policies and procedures, via a structure of councils, committees, and task forces that have effective processes of planning, implementation, and evaluation.

Basic Skills Committee

(Committee of the Planning and Fiscal Council)

Charge: To review and develop supplemental student support for basic skills development and completion of college level English and Math in collaboration with Student Equity (SE) and the Student Success and Support Program (SSSP) under the new, consolidated Student Equity and Achievement Program (SEAP).

Meeting Schedule: Monthly, First Thursday of the month, 2:30-3:30PM
Classified Representatives (3):

COMMITTEE FOR CLASSIFIED POSITIONS

(Committee of the Planning and Fiscal Council)

Charge: This committee is responsible for using a multiple-criteria based process for prioritizing classified staff position requests through the District’s Annual Planning and Resource Allocation processes*

Meeting Schedule: On an as-needed basis
Classified Representatives (4) Including Co-chair:

COMMITTEE FOR FACULTY POSITIONS

(Committee of the Planning and Fiscal Council)

Charge: This committee is responsible for using a multiple-criteria based process for prioritizing full time faculty position requests through the District’s Annual Planning and Resource Allocation processes*

Meeting Schedule: On an as-needed basis
Classified Representatives (4):

CURRICULUM COMMITTEE

(Committee of the Academic Senate)

Charge: The Curriculum Committee reviews and recommends course and program additions, revisions, deletions, and recommends policy related to academic offerings to the Rio Hondo Community College District Board of Trustees.

Meeting Schedule: Wednesdays (as needed) from 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Classified Representative: Rose Sanceda (non-voting)

DISTANCE EDUCATION COMMITTEE

(Committee of the Academic Senate)

Charge: Develops and recommends quality standards for distance education. Develops best practices to ensure regular and effective contact for distance education. Makes recommendations to ensure distance education instructors conform to legal requirements including Title V, the California Education Code, Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other applicable provisions. Recommends training standards for faculty teaching through distance education. Provides input regarding the selection of course management systems.

Meeting Schedule: The Distance Education Committee will meet once a month or as needed.
Classified Representatives (3): Zulma Calderon, Gabriela Olmos

EQUIPMENT AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE

(Committee of the Planning and Fiscal Council)

Charge: The Technology Committee has overall information technology governance responsibility at the Rio Hondo Community College District with the purpose of furthering the institution’s strategic priorities. Included in this mission are evaluating, prioritizing, and approving technology initiatives that assist the student, faculty, staff, and administrators of the Rio Hondo Community College District in achieving educational excellence. The Technology Committee is a subcommittee of the Planning and Fiscal Council.

Meeting Schedule: Once per month September-May, or as needed.
Classified Representatives (3): Ruben Aus, Robert Graham,  Albert Bretado

FACILITIES COMMITTEE

(Committee of the Planning and Fiscal Council)

Charge: To review facility requests related to maintenance and renovation, grounds, custodial issues, campus access, and traffic patterns; monitor the Campus Facilities Master Plan; and provide recommendations to the Planning and Fiscal Council.

Meeting Schedule: Minimum: Twice each semester. Additional meetings as needed.
Classified Representatives (2): Sandra Rivera, Albert Bretado

GUIDED PATHWAYS STEERING COMMITTEE

(Committee of the Academic Senate)

Charge: To discuss the campus needs relating to Guided Pathways and to provide recommendations for the implementation of the Guided Pathways framework at Rio Hondo College.

Meeting Schedule: Once per month or as needed.
Classified Representative (7): Albert Bretado, Sable Cantus, Sally Willsey, Jim Sass

INSTITUTIONAL EFFECTIVENESS COMMITTEE (IEC)

(Committee of the Planning and Fiscal Council)

Charge: The Institutional Effectiveness Committee (IEC) is a committee of the Planning and Fiscal Council (PFC). The IEC facilitates and evaluates the annual planning process in conjunction with the Office of Institutional Research and Planning (IRP). The IEC analyzes evidence of institutional effectiveness and forwards recommendations for improvement to the PFC. Such evidence includes, but is not limited to, the Educational Master Plan, accreditation documents and processes, surveys, and student success data.

Meeting Schedule: Second and Fourth Tuesday from 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Classified Representatives (3): Lisa Sandoval

INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY PRACTICES COMMITTEE

(Committee of the Academic Senate)

Charge: Instructional Technology Practices Committee is charged with providing guidance, documentation, assistance, effective practices, and recommendations for secure use of technology on campus. The focus will be on the use of technologies by faculty and related policies, including cybersecurity. The ITP will make recommendations to the Academic Senate for resources and training for Rio Hondo College employees.

Meeting Schedule: Up to twice per month minimum during the Fall and Spring Semesters on a first and third Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.
Classified Representative (1): Sable Cantus

OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE

(Committee of the Academic Senate)

Charge: The purpose of this committee is to discuss current trends in higher education of utilizing Open Educational resources* (OER), to keep abreast of California legislation regarding the use of OER, to encourage faculty on this campus to explore and adopt OER, to monitor and recommend best practices of OER, and to inform the campus of the findings through the Academic Senate.

*Open Educational Resources are high-quality teaching, learning, and research materials that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and repurposing by others. OER include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, techniques used to support access to knowledge. (Source: William and Flora Hewlett Foundation)

Meeting Schedule: Monthly, during academic year
Classified Representative (1):

PLANNING AND FISCAL COUNCIL (PFC)

Charge: The Planning and Fiscal Council (PFC) is established in accordance with AB 1725, California Education Code, Title V, and the Rio Hondo College AP 3250 to make recommendations to the Superintendent/President regarding the development, planning, and budgetary needs of the College.

Meeting Schedule: Second and fourth Tuesday of the month (and as needed), 2:30 p.m., Board Room
Classified Representatives (3) includes CSEA President: Sandra Rivera, Lisa Sandoval

POLICY AND PROCEDURE COUNCIL (PPC)

(A Sub-Committee of the Planning and Fiscal Council)

Charge: The Policy and Procedure Council (PPC) is a subcommittee of the Planning and Fiscal Council (PFC). The committee is charged with updating, creating, developing, and systematically reviewing Administrative Procedures (AP) and Board Policies (BP). The workgroup will ensure a continuous evaluation of the APs and BPs, will create taskforces and invite subject matter experts, including students, when appropriate for input in the process. The committee forwards recommendations for changes to APs/BPs to the PFC.

Meeting Schedule: First and third Thursday of the month (and as needed) 2:30 PM
Classified Representatives (3):

PRESIDENT'S COUNCIL

Charge: The purpose of the President’s Council is to serve in an advisory capacity regarding district-wide issues; serve as a clearinghouse for the Governance Manual; and facilitate the understanding of college decision-making
processes.

Meeting Schedule: Once a month, Tuesday, 8:30 a.m.
Classified Representative (1): Sandra Rivera

PROGRAM REVIEW COMMITTEE

(Committee of the Planning and Fiscal Council)

Charge: Intensive, collaborative review/discussion of all programs with the objective to make program level and institutional level recommendations.

Meeting Schedule: Fall
Classified Representatives (2):

SAFETY COMMITTEE

(Committee of the Planning and Fiscal Council)

Charge: The purpose of the Safety Committee is to provide education on health and safety issues to the campus community and to review/recommend policy and/or procedures relating to these issues to the Planning Fiscal Council. Areas to be addressed by the Safety Committee may include emergency preparedness/training, hazardous materials, safe working conditions, compliance with laws and regulations regarding health/safety, and communication of health/safety issues with the campus community.

Meeting Schedule: Minimum: Twice each semester. Additional meetings as appropriate.
Classified Representatives (2):

STAFF DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

(Committee of the Academic Senate)

Charge: The purpose of the Staff Development Committee is to facilitate faculty fulfillment of Flexible calendar obligations. To plan and facilitate the offering of professional development activities for the campus, including institutional, departmental, and individual initiatives.

Meeting Schedule: Second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 2:30-3:30PM
Classified Representatives (3): Kathy Gomez, Sandra Rivera, Lisa Sandoval

BOOKSTORE COMMITTEE

Charge: To review and update the sale of text books, policies, and pricing.

Meeting Schedule: Two times a year: Fall and Spring Semesters/as needed
Classified Representatives (2):

CATALOG COMMITTEE

Charge: This committee will meet on an as needed basis to review the college catalog and make suggestions in preparation of the creation of the new catalog that comes out annually.

Meeting Schedule: The committee will meet as needed
Classified Representatives (5): Sylvia Viramontes

COMMENCEMENT COMMITTEE

Charge: To plan, coordinate, and execute the annual Commencement
Ceremony.

Meeting Schedule: Once or twice a month from the beginning of January through May
Classified Representatives (6): Sylvia Viramontes

ENTERPRISE SYSTEMS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Charge: The Enterprise Systems Advisory Committee (ESAC) addresses the broader ongoing issues of administrative systems and the deployment of information technology to meet the operational
needs of the Rio Hondo Community College District. The Chair will be the IT Director and the co-chair will be a faculty member elected from and by the membership for a one-year term.

Meeting Schedule: Once per month September-May, or as needed.
Classified Representatives (5):

FINANCE AND BUSINESS COUNCIL

Charge: This council identifies issues of common concern in providing faculty, staff, and students support services; develops joint plans and strategies for addressing issues; and facilities coordination of services across the campus and district.

Meeting Schedule: Quarterly (TBA)
Classified Representatives (8):

FOOD SERVICES COMMITTEE

Charge: To review the cafeteria operations. Recommend improvements such as menu items, pricing, and hours of operation.

Meeting Schedule: Two times a year: Fall and Spring Semesters/as needed
Classified Representatives (2):

STUDENT EQUITY COMMITTEE

Charge: This committee will be charged to review and develop specific goals/outcomes and actions to address disparities that are discovered by disaggregating data for student success indicators; identifying disproportionate impacts for disadvantaged student populations and reviewing and recommending changes to policies, activities, and procedures to improve student equity and access.

Meeting Schedule: The committee will meet every other month as needed.
Classified Representatives (4):

STUDENT GRIEVANCE COMMITTEE

Charge: The purpose of the Student Grievance Committee is to provide a forum where a student may request a hearing when he or she reasonably believes a college decision or action has adversely affected his or her status, rights or privileges as a student.

Meeting Schedule: As needed
Classified Representative (1):

STUDENT SUCCESS AND SUPPORT PROGRAMS COMMITTEE

Charge: The committee provides leadership in implementing practices and policies that promote successful entry into the college and ongoing student services support.

Meeting Schedule: Monthly
Classified Representatives (6):

TRANSFER AND COMPLETION COMMITTEE

Charge: The Transfer and Completion Committee focuses on improvement of university transfer rates and completion degrees and/or certificates through;

  1. Collaboration among campus constituents
  2. Support the development of transfer and completion pathways.
  3. Support of transfer and completion events and activities.
  4. Evaluation of Transfer and Completion related issues on campus and system wide.
  5. This committee supports Rio Hondo College Institutional Goals and Objectives 1.1., 1.2., 2.1., 2.2.,
    2.3., 3.1., 5.1., 5.2., 6.1., 6.2., 6.3.

Meeting Schedule: Once a month, Mondays at 9:30 a.m.
Classified Representatives (2): Sylvia Viramontes