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Policy Statements for Kirtland Community College

Kirtland Community College was established by a vote of the electorate of the counties of Crawford, Ogemaw, Oscoda, and Roscommon on March 7, 1966 in accordance with provisions of Public Act 188 of the Public Acts of 1955 of Michigan. Kirtland Community College, in a broad sense, belongs to and is supported by the residents of the college district. This college is operated in the public interest by the board of trustees, a representative body chosen by the community college district electorate and responsible to them for the proper administration of the college.  It is the primary responsibility of the board to formulate the educational ideals, values, and goals of the community into concepts of policy and to ensure that these are translated into actual practice by the President and the administrative staff.

The quality of Kirtland Community College’s educational program depends upon public understanding of what the college is attempting to do since a community college draws its major strengths from the community it services. The kind of educational opportunity which students in this community college district may be expected to receive depends upon the following factors: the extent to which citizens are willing and able to pay for education, and the concept in the minds of citizens of what a good community college is.

The board of trustees of Kirtland Community College believes that a full understanding by the public of college issues and the college curriculum is a very effective means of developing a community college. The board and college administration, therefore, accept the responsibility for encouraging the use of all appropriate means of keeping the community accurately informed about its community college and for understanding community attitudes and aspirations for the college.

The primary educational commitment of Kirtland Community College is to provide learning opportunities for all segments of the college’s constituency. Kirtland Community College emphasizes a teaching and learning approach that is “student oriented”.  Therefore, the entire college will devote all the resources within its scope in fulfilling its basic aim . . . learning.  This approach to learning points out to each student what learning opportunities are available to him; affords the student educational and career guidance to assist him in obtaining information about vocational and career choices; and provides an atmosphere of teaching and learning so that a student can succeed in his endeavors as a learner. Thus, the student is the college’s primary concern, and the degree to which the student succeeds academically reflects the college’s success as a center which stresses a “student oriented” approach to learning. Within the Kirtland Community College setting, students can, to the extent of their abilities, receive intellectual stimulation and learn specific skills.

The Kirtland Community College’s district’s investment in physical facilities has as its first priority in usage the education of students. The resources of the college, both personnel and facilities, should be available for education for all citizens in the community who desire to use them, consistent with statutes, fiscal conditions, and board regulations.

The library has been designed as an integral part of the college and the community which it serves. The library of Kirtland Community College is dedicated to providing the students, faculty, staff, and citizens with the best materials and finest services possible. Every effort is made to gather a collection of materials that continually support the curriculum needs of the college. The library accepts the added responsibility of supplementing the collections of the public and school libraries of the district by providing access to in-depth resources not ordinarily found in rural area libraries.

The board considers it necessary to provide support services to its community. The college will provide services to local and state institutions, community groups, and businesses within the limits of its resources.

As the chief executive officer of Kirtland Community College, the President shall perform such duties as the board may determine. Further, the President shall make reports to the board of trustees and appropriate state and federal agencies as required. The President shall perform his duties in a competent and professional manner.

It is understood by the board that the President, as chief executive officer of Kirtland Community College, assumes responsibility for the administration of the college in accordance with board policy.

Further, the board recognizes the following:

  1. In matters not specifically covered by the board policies, the President is to exercise his best discretion in taking such action as he deems in the best interest of the college, and to report the same to the board no later than the next board meeting.
  2. It shall be the responsibility of the President to keep the board informed on all vital matters pertaining to the operation of the college.
  3. The President shall endeavor, by his professional administration of the college, to establish as its administrative leader a high ethical standard of integrity and honesty necessary for education or career advancement. In working toward these goals, the college serves the following groups of people:
  • Those who expect to transfer to a four year college or university
  • Those who desire specific career training
  • Those who wish to actively participate in community cultural affairs
  • Those who wish educational or career guidance
  • Those who wish to continue to broaden their education

Kirtland Community College adheres to the “open door” policy of admitting individuals who wish to take advantage of the instructional programs offered by the college. These individuals shall be admitted to the college without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, or handicap.

It is the policy of Kirtland Community College to provide equal employment opportunities, equal educational opportunities, and non-discrimination in the providing of educational and other services to the public. The college will make all decisions regarding recruitment, hiring, promotions, and all other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, creed or religion, sex, national origin, age, or other factors which cannot lawfully be the basis for an employment decision. This policy of non-discrimination shall also apply to otherwise qualified handicapped individuals.

Attainment of the objectives of the educational programs conducted at Kirtland Community College requires mutual understanding and cooperation among the board of trustees, the President and administrative staff, faculty, professional personnel, the services personnel, and other citizens of the community. To this end, free and open exchange of views is desirable, proper, and necessary.

As trustees of the state’s and community’s investment in Kirtland Community College, the board of trustees of Kirtland Community College has a responsibility for assuring that the investment is protected and used wisely. Personnel and procedures are essential for looking after this phase of college operations. While board members cannot be expected to tend to business and fiscal affairs personally, they expect that the President will keep them informed through reports, both oral and written, which will satisfy the needs of their responsibility. With the assistance of the Dean of Business Services and other personnel designated by the President, the chief administrator is expected to develop an efficient and business-like procedure for fiscal accounting, purchasing, and protection of plant, grounds, and equipment through effective and economical insurance, maintenance, and operation.

Initial date of approval of this policy cannot reasonable be determined.
Amended December 12, 2013