WTC 3.2.6 Narrative
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Section 3.2 Governance and Administration

3.2.6

There is a clear and appropriate distinction, in writing and practice, between the policy-making functions of the governing board and the responsibility of the administration and faculty to administer and implement policy.

Compliance
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Narrative:

The Western Texas College Board of Trustees has specific responsibilities, duties and powers
outlined in state law through the Texas Education Code, Subchapter G, Section 51.532 (b), (LINK) which provides that the governing board of an institution of higher education “shall provide the policy direction” for the institution.  Board Policy 8300 (LINK) states that the Board functions as the policy-making body controlling the college and delegates “to the president the functions of administering its policies and regulations,” and the same policy lists 23 items detailing the responsibilities of the Board.    Board Policies 8301 and 8310  (LINKS) both reiterate the separation of administrative and policy-making functions.   Board Policy 8330 (LINK) delegates “administrative functions” to the chief administrative officer and requires administrative policy to be consistent with Board policy.   Finally, the By-Laws of the Board provide in Board Policy 9330 (LINK) that the Board “does not adopt administrative regulations unless specifically required by law to do so, or unless requested by the college president to do so.”   Board Policy 2110 (LINK) provides for the Board to select and evaluate the President, whose responsibility is to carry out Board policy, and the policy further emphasizes the division of responsibility by stating that the president “shall be free to implement policies approved by the Board and to administer the institution within the broad policies laid down by the Board.” 

The Board of Trustees also addresses the responsibilities of the administration and faculty to administer and implement policy in Board Policy 2100, (LINK) which states “Within the framework of policies and regulations adopted by the Board of Trustees, the president shall exercise broad discretionary authority in carrying out responsibilities of the position.”   This policy continues with specific guidelines for the President of Western Texas College in performance of his duties and responsibilities and implementation of board policies through administrative, faculty and staff assignments, and it also contains the college organizational chart (LINK) delineating lines of communication and supervision within the administrative structure.   Faculty responsibilities, as specified in Board Policy 4116, (LINK) include the direction “of the development of an instructional program that will accommodate differential learning rates of students and produce measurable evidence of student learning.”   Furthermore, Administrative Policy 4116 (LINK) provides that faculty members are “responsible to the Dean of Instruction for carrying out policies of the board of trustees as they relate to the function of the college, to the classroom, and to the immediate contact with students.” 

Finally, Board Policy 2110 (LINK) provides for the Board to select and evaluate the President, whose responsibility is to carry out Board policy, and the policy further emphasizes the division of responsibility by stating that the president “shall be free to implement policies approved by the Board and to administer the institution within the broad policies laid down by the Board.”  An examination of Board minutes (LINK) for the 2004 – 2005 and 2005 – 2006 school years reveals no instances of the Board having attempted to assume administrative responsibilities.

Evidence of Support:

Administrative Policy 4116
Board Policy 2100
Board Policy 2110
Board Policy 4116
Board Policy 8301
Board Policy 8310
Board Policy 8330
Board Policy 9310
Board Policy 9330
Texas Education Code, Subchapter G, Section 51.532b
Western Texas College Board Minutes, 2004-2005
Western Texas College Board Minutes, 2005-2006
Western Texas College Organizational Chart 


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