• Primary coordinating and recommending body to the College President on matters of college-wide planning.
  • Primary resource for accreditation and program review processing, coordination, and recommendations.
  • It is understood that the authority of the Academic Senate, the Associated Students of Golden West College and the agreements of our established collective bargaining agents are not diminished by the provisions or definitions found in this document.
  • The Planning Council is a shared governance committee.
  • It is not subject to the Brown Act.


  1. Establish long-term and short-term planning priorities for the college.
  2. Conduct and oversee the process of updating the Strategic Plan, College Mission and Goals, Program Review, and Accreditation reports.
  3. Review of data and other campus committee reports to make recommendations for annual institutional priorities.
  4. Develop and implement resource allocation guidelines and recommendations that enable achievement of college-wide planning goals. Make recommendations of same to the college Budget Council.
  5. Present updates on planning to the Budget Council, Academic Senate, and other college committees, as necessary.
  6. Establish, monitor, and review the work of planning task forces to address specific tasks and implementation of task force recommendations once approved by the Planning Council.
  7. Incorporate equity-minded decision-making to create, promote, and maintain activities, programs, and instruction that welcome, celebrate, and promote respect for all. This includes creating equity among disproportionately impacted students across age, ethnicity, race, national origins, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, mental/physical abilities, family status, religion, and socioeconomic status.
  8. Hold regularly scheduled joint meetings with the Budget Council (frequency TBD by Councils)
  9. Agendas and Action items will be posted as part of the shared governance process.


Committee Co-Chair: Claudia Lee, Vice President of Student Services, Meridith Randall, Vice President of Instruction

Recorder: Yadira Lopez-Daly, Office of Instruction

Planning Council Committee Members
VP of Instruction Position Based Continuous Meridith Randall
VP of Student Services Position Based Continuous Claudia Lee
Academic Senate President or Designee Academic Senate Academic Senate


Damien Jordan
Faculty Member Council of Chairs and Deans
Academic Senate 2-years
Erin Craig
Faculty Member At-Large Academic Senate 2-years
Pete Bouzar
Classified Senate President or Designee Classified Senate Classified Senate 1-year
Stephanie Smallshaw
Manager At-Large CDMA 2-years
Dorsie Brooks
Manager At-Large CDMA 2-years
Natalie Timpson
ORIPE Manager or Designee ORPIE Position Based Continuous Kay Nguyen
Equity Manager or Designee Equity Position Based Continuous Susana Castellanos-Gaona
Faculty Member
CFE CFE 2-years
Theresa Lavarini
Classified Member CFCE CFCE 2-years
Student ASGWC ASGWC 1-year
David Le
Student ASGWC ASGWC 1-year
Courtney Ngo

Meeting Schedule

Meeting Schedule: 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, 1:30 – 3 pm (excluding holidays)

Planning Council Teams

Planning Council Committee Agendas and Minutes
Dates Location/Link Agendas Minutes
September 7, 2022 LRC 250 PCC Agenda 09.07.22 [PDF] PCC Minutes 09.07.22 [PDF]
September 21, 2022 LRC 250 PCC Agenda 09.21.22 [PDF] PCC Minutes 09.21.22 [PDF]
October 5, 2022 LRC 250 PCC Agenda 10.05.22 [PDF]
October 19, 2022 LRC 250 PCC Agenda 10.19.22 [PDF] PCC Minutes 10.19.22 [PDF]
November 10, 2022 LRC 250 PCC Agenda 11.10.22 [PDF] PCC Minutes 11.10.22 [PDF]
November 24, 2022
Thanksgiving Break
LRC 250 -- --
December 8, 2022 LRC 250 PCC Agenda 12.08.22 [PDF] PCC Minutes 12.08.22 [PDF]
December 22, 2022
Winter Break
LRC 250 -- --
February 9, 2023 LRC 250 PCC Agenda 02.09.23 [PDF] PCC Minutes 02.09.23 [PDF]
February 23, 2023
Mandatory Flex Day
LRC 250 -- --
March 9, 2023 LRC 250 PCC Agenda 03.09.23 [PDF]
March 23, 2023 LRC 250
April 13, 2023 LRC 250
April 27, 2023 LRC 250
May 11, 2023 LRC 250
May 25, 2023 LRC 250