West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 • Phone (408) 867-2200

Inside West Valley College

Committee Websites

Committee

Charge

Accreditation

Institutional Self Study For Reaffirmation Of Accreditation

Academic Senate

To make recommendations to the administration of West Valley College and to the Board of Trustees, with respect to academic and professional matters. As outlined in Title 5, the Senate's responsibilities include curriculum, degree and certificate requirements, grading policies, instructional program development, standards regarding student success, professional development, accreditation process, program review, institutional planning and budget development.

Academic Directions

The West Valley College Academic Directions Committee serves as a standing subcommittee of the Academic Senate to provide support to the Senate and the College as a whole to ensure ongoing maintenance of student needs at West Valley College.

All College Day

To plan and execute an inclusive celebration of community that is holistic in its approach and inclusive of the entire WVC community, once per semester on the academic calendar FLEX day. The charge further includes promoting a climate of collective engagement by proactively encouraging campus-wide involvement in these two general sessions.

Basic Skills Advisory

To implement recommendations of the Basic Skills Task Force and to make recommendations about basic skills as needed.

Budget and Resources  Advisory Council

To guide the overall budget and resource allocation process including establishing the budget and planning timeline, implementation of related procedures, and the policies and criteria used as the basis for evaluation of proposals. Reports to College Council.

Classified Senate

To participate in the district and WVC shared decision making process by collecting, evaluating and disseminating information for the classified staff, and representing the aggregate interests of the classified staff before or on any district or college committee or task force; to promote and encourage activities which provide an opportunity for enhancing the involvement and staff development of the classified staff.

College Council

To facilitate communication and appropriate involvement of all members of the college community through assigning issues to Executive Councils as appropriate; report on the status of issues before the councils; create committees or task forces as needed; serve as a steering committee for college-wide projects; plan resource allocation; track the work effort of the councils; report on the status of issues before the councils; and coordinate maintenance of the governance information system. The Chair votes to break a tie vote only.

Curriculum

To review and recommend approval to the Board new / revised curriculum, degree and certificate programs that meet Title 5 requirements and Accreditation standards.

Distance Learning Committee

To serve as a resource for and advisers to the Academic Senate, faculty, staff and administrators in matters of policy, practice and pedagogy regarding distance learning and technology-enhanced instruction; assist faculty in learning about and integrating technology and distance learning into the curriculum; plan and implement innovative and creative opportunities that help to grow distance learning.

Division Chair Council

To review and recommend procedures for all divisions, as well as facilitate operational decisions in cooperation with the Academic Senate and the College Council.

Facilities and Safety Advisory

To determine on-campus facility uses and needs based on educational, rental, and safety issues. Resources are identified and upgrades and/or repairs are prioritized, funded, and implemented.

Global Citizenship

To advance understanding of global concerns as they pertain to every aspect of education in the community college.

Mental Health Services Advisory

Enhance campus community awareness of, de-stigmatize, and respond to the mental health needs of West Valley College students in support of access, retention, and success

Performance Goals Committee

The Performance Goals Committee determines the annual WSCH/FTE goals and planning for each of the departments’ instructional programs and the workload goals for the other service areas in order for the college to obtain the overall assigned workload goals.

Professional Development

To provide time and opportunities for faculty, staff, and administration to participate in growth and development activities related to staff, student, and instructional improvement, hence, supporting WVC's mission of facilitating successful learning, providing students opportunities to participate in a wide spectrum of educational experiences and encouraging them to be lifelong learners.

Program Review

To provide and refine procedures that enable the systematic evaluation of programs to continuously improve student learning, student achievement, and institutional planning and effectiveness.

Student Learning Outcomes

To lead an ongoing college-wide dialogue that facilitates student achievement of course, program, and institutional learning outcomes. To implement a systematic institutional process that captures and maintains student learning outcome and assessment data and evidence for continuous quality improvement in compliance with ACCJC standards.

Student Services Council

A policy recommending group to the College Council.

Student Success Team

To implement required elements of the Student Success Act of 2012 and ensure Student Success at West Valley College.

Sustainability

The Committee serves as an advisory group to College Council and other participatory governance groups regarding sustainability recommendations, activities and progress on campus. The committee is also responsible for writing the college’s sustainability plan using the template provided by the CCCCO.

Technology Advisory Committee

To provide recommendations to the college regarding the development and use of instructional and information technology at West Valley College.

Vice-Presidents and Information Systems Committee

To establish and articulate district technology directions, review and approve technology strategic and operational plans, establish technology priorities, review and approve proposed technology policies, develop I.S. budget alternatives for the district, and meet accreditation standards.

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