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    College of Micronesia-FSM



    Terms of Reference



    A.    Authority


    The Finance Committee operates through the authority of and reports to the President. The recommendations from the committee are submitted through the Vice President for Administrative Services (VPAS) for approval by the President.


    B.     Purpose


    The Finance Committeemakes recommendations to the President through the VPASon matters relating to fiscal management of the College.


    C.    Membership


    The members of the Finance Committee are selected at the beginning of each academic year and must include:

    ·               At least one representative from each state campus

    ·               At least one faculty representative from the National Campus

    ·               At least one staff representative from the National Campus

    ·               At least one Student Body Association representative

    ·               Ex-Officio member: College Comptroller


    The Finance Committee will elect members to be chair, vice-chair and secretary. Membership must be kept to a maximum of twenty.


    Responsibilities of the committee members are to:

    ·         Carry out assignments.

    ·         Regularly prepare for and attend committee meetings.

    ·         Actively participate in meetings.

    ·         Share information on committee discussions, recommendations, and decisions within the COM-FSM and gather input from their area of representation.




    D.    Organization


    The elected chairperson leads the Finance Committee.  The chairperson’s responsibilities are to:


    ·               Preside over meetings;

    ·               Ensure the terms of reference for the committee are met and matters brought before the committee are judiciously addressed;

    ·               Prepare and distribute the agenda at least 24 hours prior to each meeting; and

    ·               Ensure committee minutes, reports, and recommendations are completed and appropriately disseminated in a timely manner.

    ·               Orient the incoming FC Chair about the committee functions, fiscal/budgetary policies and his/her duties/responsibilities as Chair. The length of training will depend upon their discretion.


    A vice chairperson is elected at the beginning of the academic year.  The responsibilities of the vice chairperson are to:


    ·               Arrange for the committee meeting venue, teleconferencing number, and PIN;

    ·               Preside over meetings in the absence of the chair; and

    ·               Assist the chairperson with the above responsibilities.


    A secretary is elected at the beginning of the academic yearThe responsibilities of the secretary are to:


    ·               Take and prepare accurate minutes;

    ·               Distribute, and post the minutes of each meeting within three working days after the meeting; and

    ·               Record and report attendance of committee members to the Vice President for Administrative Services every three meetings.



    E.     Meetings


    Meetings are held on the 4th Monday every month; if this day is a holiday, it will be moved to the 3rd Monday of the month.  The schedule is determined at the beginning of each academic term.  The chairperson may call special meetings or upon consent of the majority of the members reschedule the regular meetings.  Meetings may be held face-to-face or via teleconferences or other communication technologies.  A minimum of five members present constitutes a quorum. A quorum must include at least one officer.  Members can vote electronically or during the meetings. Absent members may send a proxy to represent their views and vote.




    F.     Responsibilities


    The responsibilities of the Finance Committee are to:


    ·         Address issues and matters relating to fiscal administration;

    ·         Review budgets (operations budget, FSM FMI budget, infrastructure development plan budget, auxiliary enterprise budgets and other budgets) for the College;

    ·         Recommend tuition fees and other fees charged by the College;

    ·         Recommend fiscal policies and procedures;

    ·         Recommend closure and opening bank accounts and credit card accounts;

    ·         Recommend use of fund balance and excess revenue;

    ·         Act on other fiscal matters as referred by the College community;

    ·         Review assessments/evaluations of financial processes and services and make recommendations.



    G.    Communication & Distribution of Information


    Agenda items may be submitted to the chairperson by other members, other committees, or the President.  The chairperson compiles the agenda and forwards it to committee members prior to meetings. 


    All meetings are to have minutes, which are to be distributed electronically within three working days of the meeting by the chairperson to members for their review.  Members are to comment within the next three working days.  The minutes are officially adopted at the next meeting. 


    Following each meeting, the chairperson informs all concerned of decisions or forwards recommendations from the committee to the President either through the VPAS/VPIEQA/directly to the President.  The chairperson also updates the members of the action taken on the committee’s recommendations.


    Committee members convey concerns and input on current issues from their respective areas to the committee.  They also discuss the issues being addressed by the committee and share committee minutes with the community they represent.




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