CoCWelcome to the Committee on Committees (CoC) website. This site is intended to explain the purpose of the CoC, to outline our goals and processes, and to provide updates on our work.

Why Was the CoC created?

The CoC has been formed in response to a NEASC observation in our accreditation report regarding our shared-governance tradition, which was considered to be “substantial” and its consultative process “many layered” and “cumbersome.”

References to KSC’s current governance processes are detailed in Standard Three of the NEASC report (highlighted in red), but one reference is quoted below:


“The College’s system of governance involves the participation of administration, faculty, staff, and students and demands regular communication among these groups. The consultative process on which decision making at KSC rests is many layered and involves multiple councils, committees, and individuals. Some overlap appears to exist within the roles and/or actions of certain bodies (e.g. Planning Council and Budget Resource Council). The complex nature of this system can and, at times, has impeded communication and a nimble response to a complex issue. This system has also impacted workload for all constituents and may actually reduce the faculty’s participation in teaching, their primary role. The College has recognized these and other potential challenges within its current governance structure. The Cabinet will review the current committee structure by 2012.”


In in her February 10 remarks to the KSC community, President Helen Giles-Gee explained that the charge of the CoC is to:

  1. Review current committee structure
  2. Recommend action (consolidation, dissolution, membership, charge, review) to the President’s Cabinet to achieve greater organizational efficiency and effectiveness

Our Approach

Our overall approach is to align KSC committee practices with outside best practices; attributes of successful committees. The CoC is committed to a transparent process with opportunities for campus input.

You Can Help Us!

How? One way is by taking a look at our current inventory of committees, and if you don’t see your committee listed, take a minute and submit your committee info to be added to the list.


  • February – Inventory and document campus committee structure.  Document best practices for successful committees.
  • March–Determine what additional information needs to be collected based on best practices
  • April – Collect the information
  • May – Determine alignment of current practice on campus with best practices
  • June – Make recommendation(s) to Cabinet

Additionally, the CoC will post periodic updates to keep the community apprised of its progress.