- The Board of Trustees
- Disappearing Task Force (DTF)
- Governance at Evergreen
- Revised Code of Washington (RCW)
- Washington Administrative Code (WAC)
The Board of Trustees is an eight member governing board that provides TESC with its long-term strategic leadership. The BOT directs TESC into the future, initiates policy and delegates authority to the president, who reports to the Board. The BOT meetings are open to the public. The Governor of Washington appoints 7 of the members from the external community and alumni, and the eighth member is a student chosen by the governor from a group of nominees selected by campus peers.
The Board of Trustees, the President, and Vice Presidents charge DTFs to address specific issues or problems. When a DTF has accomplished its task(s), it disbands. Members of DTFs generally include classified and exempt staff, students and faculty. Members are chosen in a variety of way though faculty members are always approved by the Agenda Committee. DTFs look at a wide range of issues, such as long-range planning, hiring, parking and air-quality. DTFs make recommendations for policy and/or draft policy to then be approved as appropriate.
Governance at Evergreen is guided by a philosophy of collaborative problem-solving. Evergreen has two established governance times a week- Mondays, 3-5pm and Wednesdays, 1-5pm. To accommodate participation in this campus-wide governance time, programs and classes generally do not meet during these times. It is during these time blocks that committees, student groups, etc. convene. The Board of Trustees recognized the Geoduck Union as Evergreen's student government in the Spring of 2006.
Washington State laws, in their entirety, can be found in the RCW. These laws usually originate in the state legislature, but they can also be introduced as public initiatives. While it is the responsibility of the legislature to develop laws, it often falls to individual agencies and organizations to develop ways to enact them. This implementation of law is often codified as a WAC.
The Evergreen State College
While the RCW is law, WACs are rules and regulations. Agencies are often required to develop WACs to implement new laws and statutes in the RCW. Any agency rule that affects the general public must be incorporated into the WAC. For instance, any rule that restrains or confers benefits to the public should go through the WAC process; this would include access to public records, parking fees and fines, etc. Evergreen has its own chapter of WACs- Chapter 174. Much like law, WACs are legally binding once they have been codified.