Allan Hancock College is strongly committed to the concept and the practice of shared governance as a process for institutional decision making. Shared governance is the meaningful involvement of those affected by decisions in the decision making process in a climate of mutual trust and respect. In order to implement shared governance the District subscribes to the following principles.
- Faculty, administrators, classified staff, and students each possess a special knowledge and expertise that will enhance the quality of decisions.
- All parties involved must work for the good of the institution in fulfilling its mission.
- The welfare of students is our most important goal and all parties must be committed to the institution's primary mission which is the highest possible quality of education and service to students.
- The decision making process depends upon open communication and full sharing of information with all parties involved.
- While shared governance is time consuming and requires a high level of commitment on the part of all parties involved, the benefits, including greater understanding and acceptance of decisions, are worthy of the effort.
- Consensus will not always be possible and the governing board, as the entity holding the institution in trust for the community, has the ultimate responsibility to act. However, such action should be taken only after every effort has been made to resolve the matter collegially and should only occur in unusual circumstances and for compelling reasons. When such conditions exist the Board's decision will be accompanied by a written explanation to the parties involved.
- In order for shared governance to work, the most critical component is mutual trust.