1.7 Committees of the Institution

1.7.1 President Committees and Councils

1.7.1.1 Administrative Assembly

The Administrative Assembly meets at the call of the president, normally once per month during the academic year. Its primary functions are to:

  1. advise the president and the vice presidents on matters of institutional policy and practice;
  2. share information across the college's administrative and academic divisions that will enable each member of the administrative assembly to perform their own leadership tasks as effectively as possible;
  3. act as a conduit of information from the Administrative Assembly to the various administrative and academic offices.

The Administrative Assembly is composed of the president, vice presidents, all other members of the President's Council, and all staff and faculty whose positions of leadership and responsibility within a division, school or office suggest the value of their participation in the conversations described above. The total size of the Administrative Assembly will be maintained between 70 and 90 people, all members by virtue of their offices.

Invitation to membership in the Administrative Assembly comes from the president's office and is based upon one's level of supervisory or leadership responsibility as determined by the Office of Human Resources.

1.7.1.2 All-Ithaca College Communications Council

(This was moved from section 1.7.1.7.7.)

The All-Ithaca College Communications Council is the body which fosters communications among or between various governing councils. It consists of the leadership of the Faculty Council, Staff Council, and Student Government Association and will be convened by the president as appropriate.

The president or a designee shall serve as chair of the All-Ithaca College Communications Council.

1.7.1.3 Faculty Advisory Committee to the President


Philosophy

The Faculty Advisory Committee to the President serves to advise the president informally and confidentially on any matters that might benefit from faculty input prior to being framed as a formal proposal to the campus community. Examples of areas in which the committee's input might be sought include but are not limited to: strategic planning initiatives, offering counsel on interim appointments of academic administrators, or formulating a college response to some opportunity that may arise and that has significant implications for our academic programs.

The existence of the committee does not obligate the president to consult with it on any given topic and does not alter any of the shared governance arrangements established elsewhere in this Policy Manual.

1.7.1.3.1 Membership

The committee will be composed of at least six and not more than twelve faculty members at any one time, ideally with representation from each school. There will be up to four members from the School of Humanities and Sciences, and up to two members from each other school. Faculty in each school will nominate to the chair of the Faculty Council the names of twice as many faculty members as there are openings for representatives from that school. The Faculty Council or its Executive Committee will determine membership on the committee.

1.7.1.3.2 Term of Office

Terms of office will be for two years. Initial appointments to the committee will be for one or two years in order to establish a rotation of members from each school.

1.7.1.3.3 Responsibility and Function

The committee will advise the president or designee on those topics that the president chooses to put before it. Such consultation is intended as a confidential early sounding of faculty opinion on a given topic, employed to uncover implications and considerations that may not be apparent in the absence of faculty consultation. This consultation, where it occurs, does not substitute for full review of a proposal through all normal governance channels.

1.7.1.3.4 Authority

The committee reports to the president.

1.7.1.3.5 Meetings

The committee will meet as needed, when requested by the president. There are no minimum or maximum number of meetings per year.

1.7.1.3.6 Sunset Provision

The charge, membership and functioning of the committee will be reviewed by the president, provost and Faculty Council no sooner than three years and no later than five years after it is established to ascertain whether any adjustments should be made in order to ensure the most effective and efficient achievement of its goals. 

1.7.1.4 President's Council

The President's Council meets at the call of the president and is responsible to the president. Its primary functions are to:

  1. advise the president on matters of institutional policy, practice and strategic direction;
  2. serve as a collective leadership body for deciding important matters of college policy and for formulating management recommendations to the Board of Trustees;
  3. share information across the college's administrative and academic divisions that will enable each member of the President's Council to perform their own leadership tasks as effectively as possible;
  4. act as a conduit of information from the leadership to various administrative and academic offices.

In all these functions, members of the President's Council will operate as a collegial body focused on advancing Ithaca College as a whole rather than serving as representatives of their own divisions. 

The council is composed of the president, vice presidents, and the assistant vice president for community and government relations. The president may alter the composition of the President’s Council at any time.

1.7.1.5 President's Advisory Committee on Diversity


Philosophy

The President's Advisory Committee on Diversity (PAC-D) coordinates and integrates diversity planning and programmatic initiatives for the College. It focuses attention on ensuring that the college continues to make progress toward achieving the goals of the Diversity Strategic Plan, which is a component of IC 20/20. The PAC-D advises the Institutional Effectiveness and Budget Committee on key diversity priorities and their potential budgetary implications. When requested, the PAC-D advises the president on the relevance and adequacy of the college’s strategic diversity plan. In addition, the PAC-D may serve as a resource to campus communities and offices by advising on comprehensive and coordinated delivery of diversity programming, educational experiences and services.

1.7.1.5.1 Membership

The PAC-D has 14 members drawn from the faculty and staff, who are appointed by the president upon nomination by the PAC-D. One of those members will be the chair or co-chair of the Diversity Advisory Committee (DAC). The term of office will be either three or four years, as determined at the time of appointment. 

The chair of the PAC-D will be appointed by the president and will serve at the pleasure of the president. The president and the PAC-D chair will have an annual meeting to review the committee’s goals and performance.

The assistant vice president for community and government relations serves as an ex officio member of the PAC-D.

1.7.1.5.2 Term of Office

Members of the committee will serve three or four year terms. Terms will be staggered to maintain an orderly rotation of members.

1.7.1.5.3 Responsibility and Function
  1. To advise the president on progress toward fulfilling college objectives with respect to diversity, and on the adequacy and appropriateness of those objectives.
  2. To advise the Institutional Effectiveness and Budget Committee on key diversity priorities and their potential budgetary implications.
  3. To be available to give a periodic review of the diversity objectives of the college.
  4. To monitor the implementation of the college's planning priorities with respect to diversity.
  5. The PAC-D will make an annual report to the president on its activities and observations with respect to diversity planning and accomplishments within the college. It may in this report make specific suggestions with respect to diversity planning and process in future years.

The committee will observe confidentiality in its work.

1.7.1.5.4 Authority

The PAC-D reports to the president. It shares recommendations and findings as appropriate and approved by the president to the respective governing bodies that are represented.

1.7.1.5.5 Meetings

The committee will meet monthly or as need is determined by the committee chair. 

The president may call a meeting of the committee at any time.

Last Updated: October 14, 2011