WTC 2.2 Narrative
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Section 2: SACS Core Requirement

2.2

The institution has a governing board of at least five members that is the legal body with specific authority over the institution. The board is an active policy-making body for the institution and is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the financial resources of the institution are adequate to provide a sound educational program. The board is not controlled by a minority of board members or by organizations or interests separate from it. Both the presiding officer of the board and a majority of other voting members of the board are free of any contractual, employment, or personal or familial financial interest in the institution.

A military institution authorized and operated by the federal government to award degrees has a public board on which both the presiding officer and a majority of the other members are neither civilian employees of the military nor active/retired military. The board has broad and significant influence upon the institutionís programs and operations, plays an active role in policy-making, and ensures that the financial resources of the institution are used to provide a sound educational program. The board is not controlled by a minority of board members or by organizations or interests separate from the board except as specified by the authorizing legislation. Both the presiding officer of the board and a majority of other voting board members are free of any contractual, employment, or personal or familial financial interest in the institution. (Governing Board)

Compliance
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Narrative:

In compliance with the Texas Education Code, Section 130.182 and Section 130.184, (LINK) Western Texas College (WTC) is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees that has the authority and responsibility to ensure that the mission of the institution is carried out.  The By-Laws of the Board (Policy 9341) (LINK) require the Board to meet monthly on the second Monday of each month, and special meetings may be called as necessary.  Unless special committees are appointed to carry out specified tasks, board work is done by members of the Board sitting as a committee of the whole (Board Policy 8110). (LINK)  Because WTC is a publicly-supported community college, Board members are elected at large by voters within the Scurry County Junior College District.  Members serve six-year terms, with terms staggered at two-year intervals.  In accordance with the By-Laws of the Board (Board Policy 9122) (LINK) of the Institutional Policy Manual, members of the Board elect the president and vice-president from within the membership of the Board, and must elect a secretary who may or may not be a member of the Board.  Duties and responsibilities of the board are set forth in Board Policy 8300 (LINK) of the Institutional Policy Manual.  Members of the Board of Trustees are listed in the College Catalog (LINK to page 8) and the college web site. (LINK to web site)

An examination of the Board Minutes (LINK) and Board Agendas (link) demonstrates that the board addresses agenda items appropriate to its function as the institution’s controlling entity.

 The WTC Board is an active policy-making body for the institution and, as provided by Board Policy 8300 (LINK) and discussed in Comprehensive Standard 3.2.4, is not controlled by a minority of board members or by organizations or interests separate from the college.  The Board of Trustees approves all policies of WTC and reviews and approves all financial resources and financial transactions at each board meeting.  In accordance with Board Policy 8251 (LINK) of the Institutional Policy Manual, neither the presiding officer of the Board of Trustees, nor any other voting member, can have contractual, employment, or personal or familial financial interest in the institution.  Further, as required by the external auditor of the college, each board member is required to sign the Related Party Questionnaire, (LINK) which is maintained in the office of the auditor, Hrbacek and May, 301 E. 3rd St., Sweetwater, TX 79556.  

Western Texas College is not a military institution authorized and operated by the federal government.

 

Evidence of Support:

Related Party Questionnaire
Western Texas College Board Policy 8300
Western Texas College Board Policy 8251
Western Texas College Board Minutes, 2004-2005; 2005-2006.

 


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