The Hillsborough Community College District Board of Trustees is responsible for the policy-making functions of the College. The Board sets policies during its regular meetings (Please see Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes in Supporting Documentation). The College President is responsible for the day-to-day management of the College, as well as the implementation of the Board’s policies, along with the administration and faculty.
Hillsborough Community College Administrative Rule 6HX-10-2.02 clearly delineates the roles and responsibilities of the administration of policy and also defines the process by which change can be made to College policy. The organizational structure of the College also defines the lines of authority in the implementation of policies and procedures. The administrative job descriptions provide further specificity in relation to the implementation and communication of College policy.
The HCC Board of Trustees is provided specific authority to adopt rules, procedures, and policies, consistent with State law and State Board of Education rules that are related to the College’s mission and responsibilities (Florida Statutes, Section 1001.64(4)(b)). The Board is responsible for making cost-effective policy decisions appropriate to HCC’s mission, the implementation and maintenance of high-quality education programs within the law and rules of the State Board of Education, the measurement of performance, the reporting of information, and the provision of input regarding policy, budgeting, and education standards [Florida Statutes, Section 1001.64(1)].
Hillsborough Community College Trustees are trained in their roles as policy-makers through their initial orientation and through the ongoing training that they receive in boardsmanship and effective governance through Board workshops, the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) and the Florida Association of Community Colleges' Trustee Commission (FACC).
New rules are proposed by the concerned HCC administrative unit and are then disseminated throughout the College community for comment. Proposed rules or changes or modifications to existing rules are also advertised in the local newspaper to ensure that the local community remains informed and can offer comment. The College President’s Cabinet approves proposed rules and procedures (while new rules require approval from the Board of Trustees, new procedures require only Cabinet approval. Please see President's Cabinet Minutes in Supporting Documentation). Upon approval, the new rules and procedures are posted in public electronic folders available to the College community. Members of the President's Cabinet also provide this information to the administrative and academic units for which they have direct responsibility.