The Palomar College governance structure involves faculty, staff, administration, students, and the community in the planning and operation of the College.
The governance structure and practices embrace the Palomar College values of supporting inclusiveness of individual and community viewpoints in collaborative decision-making processes; promoting mutual respect and trust through open communication and actions; and fostering integrity as the foundation for all we do. The Governing Board is the final authority for governance at Palomar College. The Governing Board delegates authority to the Superintendent/President who in turn solicits and receives input through the shared governance decision-making process.
The Strategic Planning Council is the recognized participatory governance body of the College. The Strategic Planning Council implements the strategic plan, develops or revises governance policies, and communicates with the respective groups. Each of the Vice Presidents have a planning council for their area that reports to the Strategic Planning Council. Recommendations made by the planning councils will reflect the values and support the mission of the College and be in the best interest of improving student success and serving the community.