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Articulation committees have, at minimum, two required leadership positions: the committee chair and the System Liaison Person (SLP). Articulation committees may use any other leadership positions that they feel will maximize the effectiveness of the committee and its operations to ensure efficiency, continuity and an equitable distribution of work among members.
Committee Chair: Articulation committee meetings are led by the committee chair who is elected or appointed by the committee membership. The committee chair is the committee’s main contact with BCCAT and is usually the member of the committee who facilitates the committee’s year-round operations, including the committee’s meeting(s). BCCAT recommends that chairs have a two-year term of office, so that the chair can develop adequate knowledge of the committee’s year-round operations and the chair’s responsibilities.
Co-Chair: The committee membership may decide that it is necessary to elect or appoint members to additional leadership positions such as vice-chair, meeting coordinator/host, or co-chair. Co-chairs are beneficial when the committee is divided between two or more sub-committees to address different disciplinary focuses or as succession planning, to ensure continuity of leadership. In some committees, the terms of the leadership positions overlap or are laddered (e.g., the vice-chair and chair may each have a two-year term, but the chair’s term begins one year before the vice-chair’s), so that the vice-chair spends one year as vice-chair and, after the chair’s term of office ends, becomes the new chair.
System Liaison Person: The SLP is usually an instructional administrator at a BC Transfer System member institution whose institutional responsibilities include oversight of courses or programs relevant to the articulation committee. The SLP is appointed by BCCAT in consultation with the articulation committee members (usually through a motion passed by the articulation committee recommending a candidate for the position). For trades and technical articulation committees, the appointment of the SLP also involves consultation with the BC Association of Trades and Technical Administrators (BCATTA). The SLP is a non-voting member of the articulation committee. The SLP’s role in an articulation committee is to provide the committee with information on systemwide trends and events that may affect the committee’s work and to play an advocacy or advisory role as needed.
The following sections describe in more detail the responsibilities of each role, as well as BCCAT: