This section describes the committees at Bakersfield College. The first part gives a classification of the types of committees followed by a definition of common terms used in participatory governance. The second part gives a glossary of the committees using the classification scheme. Links to the individual committee websites on the Bakersfield Committees website are given in the committee glossary. Select the committee websites to find their charge, scope of authority, who they report to, who they communicate with, and their membership.

Understanding Committees

Consultation Function

Consultation Body/Code Function
California Education Code

The body of law that prescribes district and college operational requirements.

Title 5

The body of administrative regulations approved by the State Board of Governors for the operation of districts and colleges.

KCCD Board Policy Manual

District-wide policy and procedure directions for the administration of the district/colleges as prescribed by Education Code and Title 5.

Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC)

The two-year schools division of WASC

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

One of six regional associations that accredit public and private schools and colleges.

Committee Classification

Type of Group Function

District-wide Committees (DC)

Provide advice and recommendations to the Chancellor who designates the chairs of the committees which include representatives from all three colleges and the district office.

Governance Committees (G)

Have prescribed numbers of representatives from academic, classified and/or administrative staff as well as students. Recommend to College President. Attention to 10 plus 1 items that are to “rely primarily on” the Academic Senate.

Arm of the Senate (Curriculum Committee)

A standing committee of the Academic Senate that assumes the role and responsibility for a particular portion of the 10 + 1 academic and professional matters. Informs the Senate but recommends and communicates directly with the President or a Vice President of the college.

CSEA Dual Role

CSEA holds dual roles as an Employee Representation Group and as a classified senate.

Ad Hoc Committees (AH)

Semi-permanent committees that are activated as needed to organize a specific program or activity.

Task Force (TF)

Group appointed to research, address or recommend action regarding specific issues facing the college. A tangible product is the outcome of each task force. When the product is completed, the group is disbanded.

Advisory Committees (Adv)

Usually consists of college staff, students, and members of the community to review and recommend programs or activities of specific departments, divisions, or organizations.

Operational Committees/Councils/Groups (O)

Addresses operational issues of the college and develops procedures for implementation.

Sub-committees (S)

Appointed by the committee or council to investigate, review, and recommend solutions, procedures, or policies to the main body.

Working Committee (WC)

Plans and coordinates specified college activities.

Interest Groups

Groups with an interest in college decisions but no formal recommending power.


Committee Terms Definition
Participate Effectively

Such participation includes the expectation that recommendations and input will be seriously considered.

Significantly Affected

Decisions made by the college will have impact on the functioning of the group or its members or on working conditions.

10 + 1

The items of business that Title 5 assigns “rely primarily upon” responsibility to the Academic Senate.

"Rely primarily upon"

Recommendations of the Senate will normally be accepted; only in exceptional circumstances and for compelling reasons will the recommendations not be accepted; if not accepted, the board/designee shall communicate its reason in writing if requested.

Board Policy Manual

Document that lists all board-approved policies.

Board Procedures

Procedures are associated with a specific policy to provide implementation direction and do not require board approval.

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Glossary of Committees

Key: G = Governance Committee; S = Sub-committee; WC = Working Committee; O = Operational Committee; A = Advisory Committee

Bakersfield College Committees website


Select the committee websites to find their charge, scope of authority, who they report to, who they communicate with, and their membership.

Name Type Membership Definition
Academic Senate G Elected

Represents the faculty to the Administration and the Board of Trustees with respect to academic and professional matters (AB 1725) outside the scope of the bargaining unit.

Accreditation & Institutional Quality G Elected Provides leadership for the overall direction and support of college accreditation and institutional effectiveness.
Administrative Council O Assigned

Coordinates information and recommends administrative action to the President.

Assessment G Appointed Coordinates all student learning outcomes assessment processes and reports to Executive Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs and Student Services.
Bookstore Advisory G Appointed Oversight and evaluation of College Bookstore, ensuring bookstore access to instructional materials at all Bakersfield College locations
Budget G Appointed Makes recommendations to the President regarding budget processed and procedures to insure alignment of college-wide planning and budget allocations.
Campus Health and Wellness Advisory WC Appointed Collects and analyses unique and peer-reviewed information on both individual mental and physical health as well as the health of the built, open space, social and academic environments of Bakersfield College.
CTEC – Career and Technical Education Council O Appointed, Assigned Advocate for Bakersfield College’s Career and Technical Education programs using transparent processes to promote development, expansion, and improvement of CTE programs on campus.
College Council G Appointed, Assigned, or Elected Gathers input from all constituency groups and makes recommendations to College President, particularly on college goals, strategic planning, budget matters, facilities, planning, accreditation, and other college-wide matters.
Commencement WC Invited Coordinates, plans and implements commencement event and makes suggestions regarding the ceremony to the President.
Committee Chairs A Serve by position Two times a year the collegewide committees will prepare brief reports summarizing their goals, accomplishments, and timeline for implementation for College Council and Academic Senate. The reports show how the committee goals help us to fulfill the college goals.
CSEA – California School Employees Association - Executive Board G Elected

Acts as an employee representation group and provides recommendations on behalf of classified employees on issues that significantly impact classified employees.

Curriculum Committee G,S Appointed Oversees all curriculum changes, additions and requirements, makes recommendations to President and seeks Board approval.
EAC – Educational Administrators Council O all educational administrators Coordinates and recommends actions concerning instructional and student services programs and policies to President, Vice President
Enrollment Management Committee G Appointed Establishes process for setting enrollment goals, defining actions to meet the goals, and monitors progress toward achieving them. Reports to President.
EODAC – Equal Opportunity Diversity Advisory Committee G Appointed Educates and orients the college on diversity issues. Reports to Affirmative Action Officer.
Equivalency Committee O Appointed Determines if faculty applicants’ qualifications are equivalent to the minimum qualifications prescribed in Title 5. Reports to Board of Trustees
Facilities & Sustainability Committee G Appointed Reviews and suggests new and improved facilities, infrastructure enhancements, and future learning environments. Recommends to College Council, President.
FCDC – Faculty Chairs/Directors Council O Serve by position Coordinates student services and instructional issues and procedures affecting faculty, departments, teaching and learning processes. Advises Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Services, and the Associate Vice President of Student Services.
Guided Pathways Implementation Team WC Assigned, Appointed, Invited The work team that is implementing the Guided Pathways System redesign. Will help students achieve our momentum points and provide support for our completion coaching teams and collegewide communication plan for the GPS.
ISIT – Information Services Instructional Technology G Appointed Recommends policy, procedure on college information systems and instructional technology to Academic Senate, College Council.
Levan Center for the Humanities Committee A Invited Advises, reviews, and suggests programs and activities of the Levan Center. Reports to President, Levan Center Director.
President's Cabinet O Serve by position Coordinates decision making and recommends actions to the President.
Professional Development Committee G Appointed

Coordinates and supports activities to enhance job performance, professional growth, and collegiality among all members of the campus learning community. Advises President.

Program Review Committee G Appointed Act as a resource to administrative, instructional & student services programs to develop their assessment plan and program review. Makes recommendations based on program reviews to President, College Council, and Curriculum Committee.
Safety Advisory Committee O Invited Identifies health and safety concerns and issues on campus and address them. Informs the college community of new policies and procedures as they relate to health and safety. Develops and maintains current emergency response plan.
Scholarship Committee WC Invited Reviews applications and recommends awards to Financial Aid Office. Oversees the annual scholarships and ensures the timely and fair distribution of scholarship funds.
Self-Evaluation Committee WC Appointed

Identifies areas needing improved practices and/or documentation of practices; documents findings; writes the Self Evaluation Report for ACCJC site visit.

SGA – Student Government Association G Elected

Acts as a student representation group and provides recommendations on behalf of the students on issues that significantly impact students.

SGA Committees

S Elected
  • Senate: legislative branch of the student government that is vested to help voice the student opinions.
  • Academic Affairs: responsible for policies regarding academic reform, College academic policy, evaluation of professorships and courses, calendar issues, and library operations.
  • Advancement: voices student concerns regarding the Bakersfield College Tuition and Fees and review all matters of student concern external to the college.
  • Gov't Ops: responsible for reviewing BCSGA Constitution and the COBRA, creating new initial interview of appointments, and all internal Senate matters.
  • Finance: ensures responsible expenditure of SGA funds and to review finance bills, review spending practices, regularly review balance sheets of SGA accounts, inspect budgets and expenses of agencies and departments.
  • Legislative Affairs: tracks local, state, and federal legislation to ensure that students are represented fairly and to advocate on behalf of students to the Faculty Senate, University officials, City and County officials, the KCCD Office of the Chancellor, California State Government, and the California Congressional Delegation.
  • Student Activities: inspires and unites the Bakersfield College students through programming derived from traditions, cultural diversity, large-scale entertainment, academia, and athletics.
  • Stud Orgs: executes the laws and functions related to the affairs of student organizations at BC, while managing the matters and serving as a resource for all BC recognized student organizations.
  • Elections: provides for a fair and efficient election for BCSGA. The Elections Commission provides an avenue for motivated BC students to start their understanding of a career in public service. BCSGA Officers are engaged in local as well as national politics and are instilled with a deep sense of leadership and civic responsibility that contributes to the development of engaged citizens.
  • E-Board: charged with implementing all Resolutions and Senate Codes which are passed by the Senate.
  • Judicial Review: works to maintain the integrity and conduct of the Association by evaluating BCSGA Officer absences, and reviewing personal matters.
Strategic Directions WC Appointed The Strategic Directions team will evaluate the 2015-16—2017-18 work and develop goals and Strategic Directions to shape the work of the College for the next three years.
Student Conduct/Complaint Hearing Committee O,S Appointed

Hears and recommends action on student conduct appeals or student complaints.