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Participatory Governance at MPC refers to the participation of faculty, staff, and students in institutional decision-making. MPC values the voices of its constituent groups; good decisions are made when groups are able to share and listen to diverse perspectives.

Through MPC’s participatory governance structure, constituent groups communicate their perspectives and voices to those who have the responsibility for making final institutional decisions:  the Superintendent/President and the Board of Trustees. The Resource Guide to Institutional Decision Making contains information about decision-making processes and norms.

Decision Making Committees and Groups

There are two types of groups in institutional decision-making:  governance groups and operational groups:

  • Governance groups focus on governance tasks: developing recommendations on Board Policies and on the academic and professional matters defined in California Code of Regulations Title 5 § 53200 (10+1). MPC has two governance groups: the Academic Senate and Curriculum Advisory Committee.
  • Operational groups focus on the operational tasks required to implement Board Policies and administrative procedures and ensure smooth operation of the college.  MPC relies on a number of operational groups to complete this work, including administrative unit groups, and college-wide committees.

Current operational groups include:

In addition to these groups and college-wide committees, several important committees come together as needed to complete seasonal or irregularly scheduled tasks (e.g., the Calendar Committee, Professional Recognition Board, Student Grievance Committee, etc.)

Please see The Resource Guide to Institutional Decision Making at MPC for a full list and description of each committee’s scope.