The College of Marin Participatory Governance System is guided by the California Educational Code as specified in Section 70901(b)(1)(E) which states governing boards of community college districts will "ensure faculty, staff and students the right to participate effectively in district and college governance, and the opportunity to express their opinions at the campus level and ensure that these opinions are given every reasonable consideration, and the right of academic senates to assume primary responsibility for making recommendations in the areas of curriculum and academic standards as well as other academic and professional matters as are mutually agreed upon between the governing board and the academic senate." An effective participatory governance system is required to meet accreditation standards. The College of Marin Participatory Governance System aspires to practice transparency in decision-making.

Participatory Governance System (PGS) Plan, Organizational Chart, and Overview

The Participatory Governance System Plan includes an outline of the governance system, committee charges and responsibilities, and governance procedures that guide meeting operation and participatory decision-making processes. A quick link to the Committee Organizational Chart (also included in the Plan) is also posted below.

PGS Standing Committees

The Participatory Governance System consists of the standing committees and councils listed below. Click on the committee name to link to the Committee web page which includes each committee's charge and responsibilities, members, agendas and minutes.

PGS Committee Charges and Web Pages

College Council
Governance Review Council
Planning and Resource Allocation Committee (PRAC)

Educational Planning Committee (EPC)
Facilities Planning Committee (FPC)
Institutional Equipment Committee (IEC)
Guidance, Resources, Integration, and Transformation Committee (GRIT)
Professional Learning Committee (PLC)
Career Technical Education Committee (CTEC)
Technology Planning Committee (TPC)

Constituent Reporting

Governance Committee members are responsible for reporting back to their constituency regarding committee work and actions.

Senates and Associated Students Organization

The Academic and Classified Senates and the Associated Students of College of Marin represent faculty, staff and students and provide the foundation for the College's Participatory Governance System.

Academic Senate

The Academic Senate represents all certificated instructional personnel including credit, non-credit, full and part-time faculty, which includes instructors, counselors, college nurse and librarians. The faculty elects 15 members to the Academic Senate. 

Academic Senate Subcommittees

Classified Senate

The Classified Senate represents all staff other than certificated and management. Senators are elected from the classified staff in proportion to the percentage of CSEA, SEIU and unrepresented employees in the District.

Associated Students College of Marin (ASCOM)

ASCOM represents all College of Marin students to the community and to the legislative bodies.


PGS Committee Participant Surveys

Under the auspices of the Governance Review Committee (GRC), the PRIE Office conducts regular surveys to assess COM employees' perceptions of and satisfaction with the governance system. Results are reviewed by the GRC and used to make recommendations to revise and improve the system.

Governance Digest

The Office of PRIE publishes an annual Governance Digest that summarizes PGS committee activities, recommendations and outcomes. The Governance Digest is published in the fall and represents committee work from the previous academic year.