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Responsibility for the operation of the College is imposed by law upon the Board of Trustees. The Board must assign the functions to a range of administrative officers, faculty, and other individuals or groups. At Carleton, much of the policy regarding the life of the College falls naturally into two categories: educational policy, which is established by the faculty, and a number of other matters of campus governance, on which policy is formulated by the College Council.

Certain aspects of College life may require the creation of college committees. In particular, there is a Budget Committee, which formulates recommendations regarding annual budgets and longer-term financial plans, and a Committee on Student Life, which assists the Dean of Students in implementation of social policies of the College as they affect the lives of students.

While the Board of Trustees cannot lawfully abrogate the duty to review, ratify, or reject decisions made in the performance of those functions which are delegated to campus committees, administrative officers, faculty, or the College Council, it recognizes that the orderly running of the College depends on a high degree of decentralization of responsibility for formulation and administration of policy.

College Committees

Function: In general, Committees are created by action of the Council or senior administrative officers to examine special areas or programs or to help administer policy. The Committees are responsible for making reports to the appropriate administrative officer. All College Committees serve only for the year in which they are established; although many are routinely re-established each year, this provides an opportunity for Council and senior administrative officers to review the necessity for the existence of any or all of them.

Membership: College Committees are made up of students, faculty, and staff primarily selected for their competence, concern, and effectiveness in the exercise of each committee’s responsibility. The faculty members are ordinarily selected by the Faculty Affairs Committee, the students by the CSA Senate, and the staff by the President of the College.

Amendment to the College Governance System

Changes in the nature or operation of the governance system may be proposed by the Council or by the faculty meeting, the CSA Senate, the President of the College or the Board of Trustees. If not of a fundamental character, they may be adopted by a two-thirds vote of the Council (subject to the ultimate approval of the Trustees). More serious changes, after discussion by the Council, should be referred to the Trustees for final action.

Adopted by the Board of Trustees March 18, 1992, upon recommendation of the College Council.


Budget Committee

The Budget Committee advises in the construction of the annual budget and in the development of a longer-term financial plan

College Council

College Council develops non-curricular policies

Committee on Student Life

CSL addresses issues specifically concerning student life

Education and Curriculum Committee

The ECC articulates educational policy and reports to the faculty, who are the final voting authority on such matters