A.1 Institutional Mission

A. Governance Institutional Mission

Responsible Department: Board of Trustees

Date Approved/Amended: December 2, 2010

Houston Community College is an open-admission, public institution of higher education offering high-quality, affordable education for academic advancement, workforce training, economic development, career development, and lifelong learning to prepare individuals in our diverse communities for life and work in a global and technological society.

A.1.1 Governance Board Legal Status

Responsible Department: Board of Trustees

Date Approved/Amended: December 2, 2010

The official title of the governing body of the Houston Community College (the "College") is the Board of Trustees of the Houston Community College (the "Board”). The Board constitutes a body corporate and has the exclusive power, consistent with state and federal trust law, to govern and oversee the management of the programs offered by the College. All authority not vested by the laws of the state in the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Texas Education Agency, or other accrediting entities is reserved to the Board. The Board, in its efforts to represent the community it serves, governs the College through the administration, to promote education for the benefit of the entire community.

A.1.2 Governance Board Legal Status: Board Powers, Duties, Responsibilities

Responsible Department: Board of Trustees

Date Approved/Amended: December 2, 2010

The Board, being composed of lay members, shall exercise the traditional and time-honored role as it has evolved in the United States and shall constitute the keystone of the governance structure. In this regard, the Board:

  1. Is expected to preserve institutional independence and to defend its right to manage its own affairs through its chosen administrators and employees.
  2. Shall enhance the public image of the College under its governance.
  3. Shall interpret the community to the campus and interpret the campus to the community.
  4. Shall nurture the College under its governance to the end that it achieves its full potential within its role and mission.
  5. Shall insist on clarity of focus and mission of the College under its governance.

The Board has numerous powers and duties, including but not limited to the following:

  1. Govern and oversee the management of the College through its policy-making functions.
  2. Delegate to the Chancellor the responsibility for administering and implementing board policy.
  3. Adopt and periodically review policies for the College and such rules, regulations, and bylaws as the Board deems advisable.
  4. Establish goals consistent with the College’s role and mission.
  5. Levy and collect taxes and issue bonds, time warrants and certificates of indebtedness.
  6. Provide for assessing and collecting of taxes.
  7. Adopt a budget and file a copy of the annual operating budget and subsequent amendments with the appropriate state agency.
  8. Have the accounts audited in accordance with the approved financial reporting system.
  9. Submit the required annual report to the Governor, Comptroller, State Treasurer, State Auditor, and Legislative Budget Board.
  10. Accept on behalf of the College bequests and donations or other monies.
  11. Establish an endowment fund outside the state treasury in a depository selected by the Board.
  12. Pledge funds from tuition, grants, donations, and income for the payment of issued revenue bonds.
  13. Select a depository for College funds.
  14. Order elections as required by law.
  15. Exercise the power of eminent domain to acquire property.
  16. Appoint and evaluate the chancellor, and assist the chancellor in the achievement of performance goals.
  17. Appoint or employ agents, employees, and officials as deemed necessary or advisable to carry out any power, duty, or function of the Board; and, upon the chancellor's recommendation, employ faculty and other employees of the College.
  18. Proceed by and through resolutions or orders adopted or passed by the Board.
  19. Fix and collect rentals, rates, charges, or fees from students and others for the occupancy, use or availability of all or any of its property, buildings, structures, activities, operations or facilities in such amounts and in such manner as may be determined by the Board.
  20. Acquire and hold real and personal property and hold title to all property of the College.
  21. Execute, perform and make payments under contracts, which may include leases, leases with option(s) to purchase, or installment purchase, with any person for the use, acquisition, or purchase of any personal property, or the financing thereof.
  22. Employ, retain, contract with, or compensate a licensed real estate broker or salesperson for assistance in the acquisition or sale of real property.
  23. Form a non-member, non-stock, non-profit public facility corporation(s) for the purpose of issuing bonds.
  24. Oversee the investment of College funds and retain a financial advisor.
  25. Build facilities.
  26. Retain legal counsel and an auditor.
  27. Select, replace, dismiss and evaluate the internal auditor in consultation with the Chancellor and the Audit Committee.
  28. Order police protection for the College.
  29. Contract with vendors, except to the extent it has delegated these powers to the Chancellor.
  30. Require regular reports from the College Foundation.
  31. Ensure that its formal position on matters of importance to the College is made clear to the Coordinating Board when such matters are under consideration by the Coordinating Board.
  32. Set admissions standards.
  33. Sue and be sued.