1.Order Fu-Fa-Guei-Zih No. 1010583709A promulgated July 17, 2012
2.Order Fu-Fa-Guei-Zih No. 1060048596A amended January 10, 2017
Article 1 This Self-Government Ordinance is formulated pursuant to Paragraph 1, Article 10 of the Lifelong Learning Act.
Article 2 The Competent Authority of this Self-Government Ordinance is Tainan City Government’s Bureau of Education.
Article 3 In order to encourage lifelong learning; provide city residents with lifelong learning opportunities; enhance public participation of city residents; increase the professional and experiential knowledge and civic literacy of city residents; and promote development of community culture as well as revitalize local studies, the Tainan City Government (hereafter, “the government”) shall establish community colleges.
Those seeking to establish community colleges written above should consider the following factors:
(1) Promote local cultural characteristics.
(2) Focus on the developmental potential of community environments.
(3) Implement balanced urban and rural development.
(4) Community colleges are also responsible for cooperating with any public or private endeavor contributing to Tainan City’s overall development.
The government shall allocate a certain proportion of budgetary funds for community college affairs.
Article 4 If a community college is to be established by commission, the commissioned entity must be a corporation, incorporated charitable association, or educational institution (hereinafter will be collectively referred to as “trustees”). Trustees must be established or registered according to the law. Trustees are to be determined by an open tender.
Commissioned corporations or incorporated charitable associations written above should clearly state the purpose of organizing the community college in their articles of association.
When carrying out commissioning processes according to provisions found in Paragraph 1, the commission period is limited to five years. Once the period has ended, renewal priority is only given to trustees that receive excellent evaluation scores.
Article 4.1 Organizations or institutions not established according to Article 3, Paragraph 1 and/or not commissioned according to Article 4, Paragraph 1 are not permitted to use the title of community college.
Article 5 The organizational structure of commissioned community colleges should be established by the trustees themselves. The organizational structure should be sent to the Competent Authority.
Commissioned community colleges should establish hiring standards for full-time staff according to their institution’s development needs. The hiring standards should be sent to the Competent Authority.
Article 6 The Competent Authority should provide a venue suitable for the community college to educate students and handle administrative affairs. Or, the trustee may select its own location within an approved area, and then the Competent Authority should be contacted in order to examine and approve the venue.
Article 7 To meet the learning needs of city residents, community colleges can establish branch schools, additional classes, and teaching locations after receiving approval from the Competent Authority.
The Competent Authority may incentivize and/or subsidize trustees according to relevant regulations in order to create local learning environments and increase local learning opportunities.
Article 8 Community colleges should establish a school development committee and short-term, medium-term, and long-term school development outlines. Community colleges can form a curriculum development group according to their institution’s needs in order to plan and review all of their institution’s courses and programs. The above information should be sent to the Competent Authority.
Article 9 Student recruitment for community colleges is divided into two semesters every academic year, and each course credit should require 18 hours of class instruction. When recruiting students during winter and summer vacations, the Competent Authority should be notified.
Article 10 Community colleges should collect and refund costs according to regulations. No additional costs are to be charged for any other reason(s). The above restrictions do not apply to costs approved by the Competent Authority.
Criteria for collecting and refunding costs written above shall be separately prescribed by the Competent Authority.
Article 11 In order to establish community college development policies as well as approve bidding methods and evaluation plans for community colleges, the government shall establish a community college review committee (hereafter, “the committee”).
The committee shall have 11 members, and the city mayor shall be the chairperson. The other members shall be appointed by the mayor, and they include the following:
The members of a single gender cannot account for less than one-third of the total members of the committee written above.
Five members that are directors and/or department heads for the government.
Three members who are highly experienced in community college education.
Two members who are experts and/or scholars.
Article 12 The Competent Authority should regularly or irregularly evaluate
community colleges. Incentives shall be given to trustees earning excellent scores. Trustees receiving poor scores must make improvements within a determined time limit. If the community college is unable to make said improvements by the time limit, the Competent Authority must consider the severity of the situation(s) when deciding to suspend or reduce subsidies and/or terminate the commission relationship.
The regulations for incentivizing trustees written above shall be separately prescribed by the government.
Article 13 Community college students attaining a certain level of learning achievements are qualified to obtain a credit program certificate, completion of schooling certificate, and/or lifelong learning graduation diploma awarded in the name of the city mayor.
The regulations of awarding students for completing studies written above shall be separately prescribed by the government.
Article 14 This Self-Government Ordinance shall take effect from the date of promulgation.