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The Rogue Community College (RCC) Board of Education (Board) is a single, functioning, governance board consisting of seven (7) elected members representing Jackson and Josephine counties from designated zones in the voting districts. Board members serve four-year terms with no restriction on term limits. Board representatives do not have contractual, employment, or other financial interest in the College. One Board member representative also serves on the Oregon Community College Association Board each year, by appointment, along with board member representatives from the other 16 community colleges and the college president from all 17 community colleges in the state. New Board members must qualify by taking an oath of office before assuming the duties of office (ORS 332.005 (2)). 

Authority: The Board acts only as a committee of the whole; no member or subcommittee of the Board acts on behalf of the Board except by formal delegation of authority by the governing board as a whole. Individual members have legal authority only when acting as a quorum of the Board in session.  The Board cannot be bound by any statement or action of individual members or of employees, except when such statement or action is authorized by the Board.  Decision-making requires a quorum (4 of 7) members.  An executive committee of the Board includes the Chair, Vice-Chair and a third member who rotates monthly with this responsibility.  The Board Executive Committee meets with the President and Assistant to the President one week prior to monthly board meetings to set the agenda. 

Board Policy:  The Board establishes, reviews regularly, revises as necessary, and exercises broad oversight of college policies, including those regarding its own organization and operation. Policies are created, revised and maintained in collaboration with college administrators.  Policies are reviewed monthly, section-by-section, or as needed when new or revised policies are required. 

Responsibility: A key responsibility for the Board is to select a College President and to regularly evaluate the President, who is accountable for college operations. The Board delegates authority and responsibility to the President to implement and administer Board-approved policies related to operation of the College. 

Self-Assessment:  The Board regularly evaluates its performance to ensure its duties and responsibilities are fulfilled in an effective and efficient manner. Copies of the Board’s self-assessment reports are available from the Assistant to the President: dnelson@roguecc.edu.

College Committees: Board member representatives also participate, by appointment, in planning, assessment, accreditation, and overall strategic direction through participation on various subcommittees, including facilities, finance, legislative, special projects, and the Foundation Board.  Board members engage in monthly meetings, program meetings, special sessions, annual retreats, and goal-setting.