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3.2.6 There is a clear and appropriate distinction, in writing and practice, between the policy-making functions of the governing board and the responsibility of the administration and faculty to administer and implement policy. (Board/administration distinction)
✔ Compliance Partial
Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) is in compliance with this comprehensive standard. The FTCC Board of Trustees' (BOT) statutory framework and its foundational documents make clear that the BOT is responsible for establishing policy and that the President is responsible for ensuring that day-to-day operations are consistent with the policies of the Board. This is not only the written policy of the BOT but also the practice of the College.
The statutory framework of a community college in North Carolina provides substantial evidence of a specific division between the policy-making function of the Board of Trustees and the President’s responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the College. NC State law specifically establishes colleges as “governed by a board of trustees….” (G.S. § 115D-12(a)), and NC State law provides specific authorities to this governing body. (See G.S. § 115D-20.)
Among the authorities granted to the BOT is the authority to hire a president, subject to the approval of the NC State Board of Community Colleges (G.S. § 115D-20(1)
). The BOT is also authorized to approve the senior administrators of the College, upon the recommendation of the College president (G.S. § 115D-20(2)
The BOT as the College’s governing body exercises its authorities through "the adoption and enforcement of reasonable rules, regulations, and bylaws for the government and operation of the institution.” (G.S. § 115D-20(7)). The Bylaws of the Board of Trustees of Fayetteville Technical Community College make clear the division of authority between the BOT and the President. Article II, Section I(B) of the Bylaws specifically states that the Board “shall establish the mission of the College and shall establish policies that provide direction to the President and other College employees engaged in the day-to-day operations of the College.”
Article III, Section V(C) of the BOT Bylaws makes it clear that the President “is responsible for all administrative and managerial aspects of the development and operation of the College under the policies and rules and regulations of the Board of Trustees and of the State Board of Community Colleges and within the budgets approved by the Board.”
Article III, Section V(G) of the BOT Bylaws states “the President shall be responsible for employing all faculty and staff, pursuant to the employment policies of the Board, except the employment of a vice president shall require Board approval of the President’s recommended candidate.
Finally, the division of authority is also reflected in the FTCC Organizational Handbook, which is annually approved by the Board of Trustees. The Organizational Handbook provides a detailed job description for each category of College employee. The President's job description is located in the Organizational Handbook.
The documentary evidence of compliance with this Comprehensive Standard is also supported by the practices of the BOT. The BOT minutes demonstrate that the BOT regularly considers policies, budgets, programs, facility issues, and other issues facing the College and empower the President to operate and manage the College.
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