Standard VII: Governance, Leadership, and Administration

Standard VII: Governance, Leadership, and Administration

View Middle States Higher Education Standards' Criteria

The institution is governed and administered in a manner that allows it to realize its stated mission and goals in a way that effectively benefits the institution, its students, and the other constituencies it serves.  Even when supported by or affiliated with governmental, corporate, religious, educational system, or other unaccredited organizations, the institution has education as its primary purpose, and it operates as an academic institution with appropriate autonomy.

Workgroup Members:

VII - Governance, Leadership, and Administration

*Dr. Trenace Richardson

Interim Asociate Vice President, Human Resources 

Director, Organizational Development and Learning


**PIR Support

*Dr. Sarah Merranko

Professor, English, Communication, and Languages

Faculty Senate President


Chrissy Deen

Assistant Registrar


John Delabrer

Assistant Professor, Business, Technology, and Public Service


Robert Farinelli

Professor, Mathematics


Suzette Wright

Professor, Psychology


Byron Brezina

Associate Professor, Mathematics


Alan Hemming

Coordinator, Campus Operations


Kemar Folkes



Briana Garcia

Student, Class of 2023


Dwight Stephens



**Donna Staff

Research Analyst I


Lines of Inquiry:

The Working Group for Standard VII is asked to find evidence and draft a narrative to answer the following questions:

  1. To what extent does CSM have a clear, transparent, and sustainable participatory governance structure that outlines roles, responsibilities, and accountability for decision-making?
  2. To what extent does the college’s participatory governance processes support:
    1. Student success
    2. Learning, diversity, equity, and inclusion
    3. Financial strength
  3. How does the college maintain and assess the effectiveness of qualified leaders responsible for their areas and an administration that interacts and engages with the college community at large, including the Board of Trustees and College President?
  4. How does the college’s Board of Trustees exercise appropriate authority and decision-making as it relates to the operations, fiscal management, and academic excellence of the institution?
  5. After researching the above questions, how can CSM improve in any of these areas?
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