Shared Governance

Council and Committee Structure

The college community participates in LWTech’s governance through its formal council and committee structure which allows for open discussion, opportunity for input, and the development of recommendations to present to the Executive Cabinet and to the President.

All councils have at least one executive cabinet member to serve as a resource to the council and facilitate communication directly back to executive cabinet. With minor exceptions, committees are open to all members of the college community. Agendas and minutes are shared in public folders for easy access to information by all employees. Many councils and committees also maintain a web presence.

Current Shared Governance Groups

Councils

Committees

Accreditation Committee

Description

LWTech is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities at the associate and bachelor degree level. Accreditation of an institution of higher education indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. 

Contact

Ruby Hayden

More Information

Accreditation webpage

Applied Research

Description

The goal of the Applied Research Committee is to expand the use of applied research and industry experiences so that all LWTech faculty and students have an opportunity to participate. Applied research is a high-impact teaching practice that improves achievement for all students, with especially strong outcomes for students in historically underrepresented groups. LWTech’s Applied Research Committee emphasizes interdisciplinary projects, with the goal of building access for students and developing working relationships among members of the college community. Specific outcomes of the committee’s work include: 

  • Expanding research opportunities for students
  • Designing curriculum in support of research activities
  • Designing a sustainable program by identifying funding sources and other means to support faculty-led student research
  • Developing partnerships with government and industry
  • Publicizing research efforts in order to further develop internal and external partnerships

Contact

Doug Emory

More Information

This is a newly formed committee, scheduled to begin meetings in Fall 2019.

Art Committee

Description

Many of the campus’s art initiatives have been guided by the Instructional Art Committee, featuring employee and student membership from the following academic programs and departments

Contact

Greg Bem

More Information

Art Committee webpage

Bias Response Team (BRT)

Description

The Bias Response Team (BRT) works collaboratively with existing groups on campus to offer proactive education related to hate/bias incidents and advise college administration regarding a comprehensive response to hate/bias incidents that impact the college community.

Contact

Ruby Hayden

More Information

Bias Response Team webpage

Campus Assessment, Response & Evaluation (CARE) Team

Description

The Campus Assessment, Response, and Evaluation (CARE) team uses collaboration, information collection, risk assessment, and intervention to create a safe campus community. Based upon reports of student behavior, the CARE team plans preventive strategies and interventions to assist students, faculty, and staff in supporting students who may be at risk.

Contact

Ruby Hayden

More Information

Campus Assessment, Response & Evaluation (CARE) Team webpage

Curriculum Review Committee

Description

The purpose of the Curriculum Review Committee is to review curriculum for submission to the Instructional Council and to serve as a resource to faculty and staff in curriculum development and procedures.

Contact

Sally Heilstedt

Data Governance Committee

Description

The Data Governance Committee works to ensure LWTech remains in compliance with federal, state, and local requirements related to data governance.

Contact

Ruby Hayden 

E-Learning Committee

Description

The eLearning committee explores, adopts and promotes the use of eLearning tools and practices which support a variety of instructional activities. The committee advocates for the needs of faculty to college stakeholders.

Contact

Sherry McLean

More Information

The committee meets on the second Monday of each month from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Faculty Professional Development Committee

Description

The Faculty Professional Development Committee works to ensure that all LWTech Faculty are provided with relevant professional development through planned learning opportunities that support the mission of the college.

Contact

Rhonda DeWitt

More Information

Professional development resources for faculty

Faculty Professional Development Funding Committee

Description

The Faculty Professional Development Funding Committee vets and approves applications from faculty for professional development opportunities.  The budget for this fund was bargained for by the faculty union and is approximately $20k per annum.

Contact

Letty Barnes

More Information

Professional development resources for faculty

HR Advisory Committee

Description

The HR Advisory Committee's mission is to attract and retain diverse employees that view LWTech as an ‘Employer of Choice.The Advisory Committee reviews and makes recommendations for Human Resource plans and procedures, which go to the Executive Director of Human Resources. Issues for discussion may be submitted to the HRAC from any staff member of the LWTech community by contacting the HR office.

Contact

Meena Park 

International Advisory Committee
 

Description

The International Advisory Committee actively engages in supporting
international students become integrated on-campus and within the community
at large.

Contact

David Rector

More Information

International Programs webpage

Institutional Planning & Effectiveness Committee (IPEC)

Description

The IPEC team is responsible for monitoring our progress towards the goals and strategies outlined in the college's strategic plan. This committee also reports performance outcomes, reviews surveys, and makes recommendations to college leadership. This committee also serves in an advisory role for other committees around data collection and reporting.

Contact

Cathy Copeland 

Information Technology (IT) Advisory

Description

The Information Technology (IT) Advisory Group considers issues related to the use of information technology at LWTech and recommends actions to the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and policy changes to College Council.

Contact

Jeff Steffens 

Labor Management (Classified) Committee

Description

The LWTech Labor Management committee is made up of members from LWTech Leadership and the classified union. Leadership and union members meet on a quarterly basis to discuss and resolve issues as they pertain to the classified bargained agreement.

Contact

Heidi Davis

More Information

Contracts & Bargaining Agreements webpage

Labor Management (Faculty) Committee

Description

The Labor Management Committee for Faculty meets as needed. Members are selected by union leadership or administration.

Contact

Meena Park

More Information

Contracts & Bargaining Agreements webpage

Labor Management (IUOE) Committee

Description

The Labor Management Committee for the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) meets three times per year to discuss effective employee and management understanding as it pertains to the bargained agreement. Up to four representatives from both College Administration and the union can participate.

Contact

David Kasold

More Information

Contracts & Bargaining Agreements webpage

Living Well Committee

Description

The purpose of Living Well @LWTech is to assist employees by promoting a healthy lifestyle. The committee is designed to educate, motivate, and support the LWTech staff in taking charge of their personal health and wellness.

Contact

Allen Levine

More Information

Living Well webpage

Open House Committee

Description

The Open House committee coordinates the annual Open House event.

Contact

Meisha Wanergin

More Information

Open House webpage

Policies & Procedures Committee

Description

The Policies & Procedures Committee is responsible for providing the college with a written record of guidelines, rules, and policies. The committee makes recommended updates and changes to be adopted by the Board of Trustees.

Contact

Meena Park

More Information

Policies & Procedures webpage

Safety & Security Committee

Description

The Safety & Security Committee works to create and maintain a safe and healthy workplace. The team will review safety and health inspection reports to help correct safety hazards, evaluate accident investigations to identify cause(s) and potential unsafe situations and make recommendations for correction.

Contact

Anthony Bowers

More Information

Campus Public Safety webpage

Services & Activities Fee Committee

Description

The student majority committee forms in November and begins work in winter quarter. Budget proposals are sent to the college community in January. All proposals are reviewed by the committee through a hearing. Funding decisions are determined after all proposals are heard. The Board of Trustees makes the final decision on the budget.

Contact

Sheila Walton

More Information

The Associated Student Government (ASG) and college trustees annually approve a services and activities fee based budget. Among other things, these fees make up the student government budget that funds clubs, campus activities, student employment positions, tutoring, childcare services and student focused emergency grants.

Student Achievement Committee (Formerly SEM)

Description

The LWTech Student Achievement Committee analyzes trends and uses data to set enrollment targets and manage initiatives that lead to optimum recruitment, enrollment, and retention of students. 

Contact

Ruby Hayden

More Information

Student Achievement Committee webpage

Suicide Prevention Committee

Description

The Suicide Prevention Committee works to ensure that emotional well-being is a campus wide responsibility. The team makes recommendations to establish systems, protocols and processes that best coordinate necessary care for students.

Contact

Ruby Hayden

More Information

The Suicide Prevention Committee works with the JED Campus Program funded by the JED Foundation.

Technology Fee Committee

Description

The student majority committee forms in November and begins work in winter quarter. Budget proposals are sent to the college community in January. All proposals are reviewed by the committee through a hearing. Funding decisions are determined after all proposals are heard. The Board of Trustees makes the final decision on the budget.

Contact

Sheila Walton

More Information

The ASG, LWTech student body, and Board of Trustees approved a technology fee for use by students to fund on-campus technology improvements. This fee is managed by the college and expended by students through an annual process.

Title IX Committee

Description

The Title IX Compliance committee works to ensure LWTech remains in compliance with federal, state, and local requirements related to Title IX legislation.

Contact

Sheila Walton

More Information

Title IX Committee webpage