The College Council is a committee of students, faculty and staff that develops college policy in any areas other than educational policy or curriculum (including social and legal policies). It has significant governing power over how the college operates and regulates relations in the Carleton community.
The makeup of the College Council is intended to be representative of a broad cross-section of the college community. According to the official site on Carleton.edu, its membership consists of the following 18 members:
- The president of the college (who acts as chair)
- Three senior administration officials, selected by the president of the college
- Two staff members: one selected by and from the salaried staff and one by and from the hourly staff
- Five members of the faculty: the president of the faculty, the chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee, and three faculty members elected by the faculty (two of them tenured, one not)
- Five students: the president of the CSA and four students elected by the student body
- One alum
- One trustee.
The alum and trustee have observer (non-voting) status on the Council. A review of the most recent minutes, however, suggests that there are currently six students on the council, and that the alum observer is also the trustee observer. According to the Council's March 7, 2006 minutes, the membership consists of:
- President Robert Oden
- Dean of the College Scott Bierman, Dean of Students Hudlin Wagner and Vice President for Budget and Finance Fred Rogers '72
- Staff members Cris Jensen and Rodney Oto
- Faculty members Carol Donelan, David Musicant, Stephen Strand, Laura Goering and David MacCallum
- Students Jaime Anthony, Ben Barclay, Seth Fowler, C.J. Griffiths, Scott Konzem, and Colin McLain
- Alum/trustee observer Louis Heffelfinger
The College Council generally meets about once a month while school is in session, and meetings are generally open to the public. Proposals are approved with a simple majority vote. As Chair, the president of the college determines the agenda, but proposals may also be made with the agreement of any five members of the Council. Proposals passed by the Council may, if necessary, be submitted to the Board of Trustees for approval.
Most of the Council's work is done via subcommittees, which generally meet weekly until their work is done. The exception is the Budget Committee, which is a permanent subcommittee with specially defined membership. The Budget Committee's purpose is to advise the Dean for Budget and Planning on the creation of the college's annual budget and on longer-term financial plans.
The College Council was created during the tenure of President John Nason '26, in an attempt to allow for more collaborative decision making on broader college policy than had been done previously.
- Official Site on Carleton.edu