Participatory Decision-Making

The goal of participatory decision-making is to provide a working environment which encourages the participation of the entire campus community – students, faculty, classified staff, and managers – in the process of making decisions that directly and indirectly affect them.

At Sacramento City College, four complementary components comprise the governance function: 1) administrative structure and process, whereby the operations of the college are implemented within established policies and procedures facilitated by the management staff; 2) the constituent groups who assure representation and participation and speak for the interests of their members; 3) a committee system wherein the various constituencies review and recommend policies, regulations, and processes of the College/District that affect all aspects of the College community; and 4) input from any individual or group in the college on issues, concerns, or recommendations for improvement. The President is both a part of and stands outside of this structure and is ultimately responsible for its effectiveness.

  • Administrative Structure & Processes

    SCC’s administrative structures and processes include distinct groups, units, and councils that share in the responsibility of working across the college to clarify and make decisions regarding issues of mutual concern.

  • Campus Issues & Responses

    The campus issues process is used for major issues that have broad, college-wide implications. A campus-wide issue or concern can be identified by an individual, a department, a constituent group, or a committee.

  • Constituent Groups

    The four constituent groups of the college include students, faculty, classified staff, and managers, who are led by a Senate or Council, work together in committees and administrative units to further the work of the college for the benefit of the students.

  • Governance Guide

    A Guide to Participatory Decision-Making at Sacramento City College (The Governance Guide) provides in-depth details on the history, philosophy, and definition of participatory decision-making, as well as the best practices, components, and processes of shared governance at SCC.

  • Non-Standing Committees

    Non-Standing Committees that support participatory decision-making include: Subcommittees of the Constituent Senates & Council, Long-Term Planning Committees, Long-Term Advisory Committees, and Short-Term Working Groups.

  • Standing Committees

    The shared governance Standing Committees bring together members of the College from all constituencies and components of the administrative structure to represent various interests and levels of expertise.