College of the Rockies Education Council (EDCO)

Introduction to the Education Council

The College and Institute Act (the Act) defines an institution as "a corporation consisting of the members appointed to its board." It goes on to stipulate the objects of a college, its governance structure, and the powers and responsibilities of its governance bodies.

The Act specifies a dual governance structure (the Board and the Education Council) which is not bicameral (a bicameral system has two bodies with roughly equal power which act as a check and balance for each other). In the model specified by the Act it is clear that the Board has senior oversight of the institution: it has responsibility for the long-range planning and the business affairs of the institution. In particular, the Board approves the college mandate, the budget, financial statements, collective agreements, and appoints the President.

The responsibilities of the Education Council are set out in sections 23, 24, and 25 of the Act:

  • the Council advises the Board on the development of educational policy for a variety of matters, including the mission statement; implementation, evaluation, and cancelation of programs; adjudication procedures for student discipline; affiliation with other post secondary bodies; and admission policies.
  • the Council has the power to
    • set policies concerning examinations, student withdrawal, and appeals on academic matters,
    • set criteria for academic standing and awards,
    • set curriculum.
  • the Board and the Council must give joint approval to determine when courses or programs within the institution or from another institution are equivalent.

The Education Council fulfills its responsibilities by approving policy, by forming standing committees, and having its members sit on appropriate College committees. In particular,

  • Education Council standing committees are:
    • the Admission Standards Committee,
    • the Awards Committee, and
    • the Curriculum and Articulation Standing Committee.
  • the Program Planning Committee oversees the program review process. In particular, this committee reviews the data and schedule which are used for program evaluation.

The Education Council values collegial governance and welcomes advice from the entire college community. For example, all policies which the Council is considering are sent to the College Planning Committee for its input.

 James L. Bailey
September, 2012