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    Institutional Governance

    Lackawanna College offers numerous opportunities for internal and external constituents to meaningfully participate in governance activities, including the following:

    Governing BodyScope of AuthorityReports ToAssessment of Structure
    Board of Trustees
    *functions according to Board of Trustee bylaws
    Approval of mission, vision, and institutional strategic plans;
    Approval of institutional annual budget;
    Hiring and assessment of College leadership
    N/AAnnual Board of Trustee participation survey
    President’s Cabinet
    *comprised of President, Executive Vice President/Chief Innovation Officer, and VPs
    Administration of college operations in support of mission, vision, and institutional strategic plan;
    Resource allocation decisions;
    Strategic-level institutional initiatives
    President Mark VolkRegular, collegial dialog about effectiveness of meeting format and Cabinet parameters
    Institutional Strategic Planning Group
    *comprised of a sampling of department leaders and staff members
    Identification and discussion of institutional initiatives in support of institutional strategic plan;
    Responsible to bring discussions and action items with department, including supervisors and direct reports
    Executive VP/Chief Innovation Officer
    Dr. Jill Murray
    Feedback solicited after each session by EVP, as well as between sessions; changes made to direction, content, group composition, etc as a result of feedback
    Standing and Ad-Hoc Committees Formed for an express purpose and with a specific charge of making recommendations to one of more Vice Presidents Vice President(s) convening the CommitteeAssessment of whether charge is met and purpose is accomplished
    Academic Divisions
    *comprised of full-time faculty
    Curriculum content of programs and courses within each academic division;
    Assessment of student learning outcomes in division courses and programs
    Academic Dean

    Chairs: Academic Development – Adrienne Asbury

    Business/CIS – Carolyn Chupko

    Humanities – Dr. Brian Fanelli

    Science and Allied Health – Lynn DeSanto

    Social Science – Nicole Bradigan
    Feedback collected through Academic Division Chairs; faculty participation; assessment of completed division initiatives shared annually with the academic administration; faculty surveys conducted every three years
    Curriculum Committee Review and approve or deny all changes to curriculum Developmental Education Specialist Shelley Gower

    Chair: Dr. Brian Fanelli, Faculty
    Meetings held, meeting outcomes
    Technology Committee Discuss technology opportunities as related to faculty and the teaching and learning environment; make recommendations for improvementDevelopmental Education Faculty Christine Kiehart

    Chair: Lee Janczak, Faculty
    Meetings held, meeting outcomes
    Assessment CommitteePromote best practices in student learning outcome assessment, review and approve assessment tools, create and monitor program level evaluation scheduleAcademic Development Instructor Karolyn DeMarco

    Chair: Alicia Burns, Faculty
    Meetings held, meeting outcomes
    Faculty Affairs CommitteeRecommend faculty promotions in rankProfessor Lawrence Pugliese

    Chair: Marian Wasilchak, Faculty
    Meetings held, rank recommendations
    Disciplinary Appeal BoardHear disciplinary appeals and make recommendation to the PresidentDean of Students
    Dan LaMagna
    Hearing held; recommendations made to President
    LC Reads CommitteeChoose LC Reads book annually and plan/implement activitiesAcademic Dean

    Chair: Christine Kiehart, Developmental Education Faculty
    LC Reads activities held; participation level
    PTA Program Advisory BoardShare ideas and make recommendations about PTA program improvement related to curriculum, policies, lab equipment, etc.PTA Program Director
    Dr. Kelly Musti
    Meetings held; meeting outcomes
    Sonography Advisory Board Share ideas and make recommendations about sonography program improvement related to curriculum, policies, lab equipment, etc.Sonography Program Director
    Stephanie McDaniels
    Meetings held; meeting outcomes
    Surgical Technology Advisory Board Share ideas and make recommendations about surg tech program improvement related to curriculum, policies, lab equipment, etc.Surgical Technology Program Director Mary Lou PurnellMeetings held; meeting outcomes
    Student Wellness CommitteeCollaborate, review, and develop wellness programming initiatives; provide training to staffMarsha Pigga, Executive Director, Student Wellness ProgramStudent wellness programs held; satisfaction rates
    Health Fair CommitteePlan and execute annual Employee Health FairVice President for HR
    Renee Mundy
    Fair held; participation and satisfaction rates
    Perkins Advisory Group Share ideas and report outcomes related to vocational education strategiesAcademic Dean
    Suzanne Cercone
    Meetings held; meeting outcomes
    Campus Club Coalition Develop collaborative programming with all student groups and provide leadership opportunitiesDirector of Student Activities
    Karen Legge
    Meetings held; meeting outcomes
    Lackawanna College Educational Association (Collective Bargaining Unit)Negotiation of working conditions for collective bargaining unit members (faculty)N/A

    Contact: Lawrence Pugliese, Faculty/LCEA President
    Communications Committee

    *comprised of college-wide staff members
    Communicating new initiative/changes through a college-wide mechanism Director of Marketing and Communications Sharon LynettAssessment of effectiveness of the College’s communication strategies
    Facilities Master Planning Committee

    **comprised of college-wide staff members
    Analyze space opportunities and recommend strategies and decisions about physical resources Director of Facilities
    Derek Gregory
    Director of Facilities
    Derek Gregory
    Student Policy Review Committee

    *comprised of student affairs staff members, includes student representation
    Analyze and make recommendations related to student policies including but not limited to discipline, resident life, and student life Vice President of Student Affairs
    Suellen Musewicz
    Changes made to the Student Handbook and student related policies/procedures
    Academic Policy Committee

    *comprised of academic and student affairs staff, as well as faculty
    Analyze and make recommendations related to academic policies Vice President of Academic Affairs

    Chair: Cynthia Cimini, Associate Registrar
    Changes made to the academic policies and procedures
    Student Government Association Represent the student’s voice and work toward methods of enhancing the student experience;

    Propose changes to existing policies or new policies on behalf of student constituents
    Director of Student Activities
    Karen Legge
    SGA level