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College Council Has Been Prolific: Year-End Observations from Chair Ed Riggs

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Category: Governance

Published: 2017-05-03 00:00:01.000

As Professor Ed Riggs closes out his term as College Council chair in May, he reflects on a governance system that in 2016-2017 has been "very prolific, passing more recommendations than I've seen in previous years."

The College Council alone this academic year forwarded some 15 recommendations to College leadership for consideration. They include recommendations for an employee code of conduct and proposed revisions to the Prevention of Workplace Violence Policy and Procedure with language to define bullying and address situations where it occurs; requests for academic and other types of support for students; proposals that address specific staff issues; a recommendation for an improved central electronic College calendar system; a request to reinstate a reception following graduation; a recommendation for a stronger governance Internet presence, and a recommendation calling on the College to establish mechanisms to assist individuals affected by executive actions on immigration.

The majority of the recommendations came about as a result of suggestions or concerns brought to governance councils by constituents.

Riggs attributed the increase in activity to the fact that "the MC community is now realizing that governance works for everyone. College leadership is actively addressing the recommendations passed by the College Council, and visible changes are being made to improve life at MC. Our successes are now available for all members of our community to see, thanks to much hard work and our increased communication efforts."

Most impressive has been the amount of involvement from the Student Council this year, Riggs said. Six of the recommendations endorsed by the College Council and forwarded to the administration were initiated by the Student Council, and a seventh was a recommendation made concurrently with a Faculty Council recommendation.

"Recommendations brought forward by students directly affect the largest constituency at Montgomery College," he said. "I am very proud to have been a part of these important initiatives."

Calling the current College Council a "very strong group," Riggs noted that even though members don't always agree, each individual "genuinely cares about the success of his or her constituents and the College as a whole."

To the newly elected members of governance who will serve in 12 councils plus the College Council during the 2017-2018 academic year, Riggs offered this advice: "Governance belongs to every person in the MC community. New council members should leave their own personal needs at the door. Respect all constituencies, and actively participate in every meeting."

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