ERIC Number: ED412792
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
The Student Affairs Committee. Effective Committees. Board Basics.
Goodale, Thomas G.
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
Responsibilities of the college or university governing board's student affairs committee include representing students' interests in all policy decisions, ensuring provision of adequate financial resources to support a comprehensive student affairs program, ensuring that board policies keep pace with students' diverse and changing needs, and promoting the campus as a community. It must keep the institution's mission as its guide and provide leadership for others focusing on students. The committee varies in size, demographics, and term length varies according to the institution's traditions and policies. Members should be familiar with currently enrolled students' interests and have a genuine concern for their welfare. The committee may meet with financial, audit, and/or academic affairs committees to discuss common concerns. Membership should include students, in voting or nonvoting capacities. Meetings should be held in conjunction with board meetings, It may be appropriate for the committee to meet with students in open session to learn of their concerns. The committee should interact with professional staff in student affairs; be conversant with student trends at both undergraduate and graduate levels; and be prepared to discuss policies and regulations affecting students, assessment and outcomes of student experience at the institution. It should plan for new student-life facilities, conduct strategic planning relating to enrollment, and be an advocate for students in the management and operation of the institution. (MSE)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Agency Role, College Administration, College Students, Committees, Governance, Governing Boards, Group Membership, Higher Education, Institutional Mission, Meetings, Student Needs, Student Personnel Services
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.