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Undergraduate Student Government

What is University Council (UC)?

An initiative that is almost 10 years in progress, UC has been created to provide a process of consultative decision making and shared leadership at UA.

UC is divided into 9 groups, one representing each Vice President at UA:

  1. Student Engagement and Success Committee
  2. Information Technology Committee
  3. Budget, Finance and Benefits Committee
  4. Physical Environment Committee
  5. Communications Committee
  6. Athletics and Recreation Committee
  7. Talent Development and Human Resources Committee
  8. Research Committee
  9. Public Affairs and Development Committee

Get Involved

USG has the responsibility of recruiting 18 individuals to serve on these 9 committees, 2 students per committee.

The University Council represents all UA students, and serves to make recommendations to the President on long-range planning and decisions. There are presently vacant positions on all nine councils.

To see a list of current student representatives click here

Download the application now and return it to USG by 5 p.m. on Friday, September. 7th. 2012

Committee Descriptions:

Note: This list of responsibilities is not intended to be inclusive or restrictive.  The committee, once formed, will have the responsibility to recommend adjustments of this list to the UC steering committee.

Student Engagement and Success Committee

The Student Engagement and Success Committee is responsible for studying, monitoring and making recommendations regarding the university’s student engagement and success strategies and practices. These recommendations will be made to the UC  steering committee for consideration.

The specific responsibilities of the Student Engagement and Success Committee are:

  • Provide continuing feedback on student life with respect to administrative and logistical issues.
  • Review and provide input into university plans to develop appropriate strategies for student life with respect to administrative and logistical concerns.
  • Monitor and assess student engagement and success with respect to UA’s mission, metrics and values, and the university system of Ohio’s metrics and values.
  • Review and provide feedback on policies and practices related to forms and mechanisms for financial aid, registration, advising, and other services and functions that may affect student life.
  • Review and provide feedback on policies and practices related to housing, campus life, campus events, and other activities related to engagement and student life.

Continuously monitor and maintain open communications to ensure that any potential overlap of the work of the student life committee and associated implementation committees will not supplant that of the Faculty Senate. Because of the sometimes complementary nature of these efforts, regular and consistent communication between these groups will be maintained.

Information Technology Committee

The Information Technology Committee is responsible for studying, monitoring and making recommendations regarding information technology strategies and practices. These recommendations will be made to the UC  steering committee for consideration. 

The specific responsibilities of the Information Technology Committee are:

  • Provide/receive continuing input and feedback to/from information technology on systemic and strategic planning issues.
  • Stay abreast of information technology trends in higher education.
  • Provide direct support to the university council communications committee with respect to dissemination of information about information technology matters.
  • Review and provide feedback on the information technology services’ annual strategic plan prior to the plan being finalized.
  • Provide/receive continuing input and feedback to/from information technology services on systemic and tactical execution issues.
  • Provide/receive continuing input and feedback to/from information technology services to productively implement innovative technologies.
  • Meet at least quarterly with the university’s vice president for information technology to review project plans and progress, policies, academic and administrative technology needs, and recommendations.
  • Participate in monthly project approval/prioritization meetings.

Budget, Finance and Benefits Committee

The Budget, Finance and Benefits Committee is responsible for studying, monitoring and making recommendations on the development of all university budget, finance, purchasing and benefits policies and practices, and resource allocation recommendations. These recommendations will be made to the UC  steering committee for consideration.

The specific responsibilities of the Budget, Finance and Benefits Committee are:

  • Review and assess the university’s long-term financial resource utilizations based on the university’s strategic plan, goals and objectives, and its alignment with the university system of Ohio’s master plan.
  • Monitor the university’s resource base to ensure it supports the university and its plans for maintaining and strengthening UA’s quality in the future, including resource development and allocation. 
  • Review and provide feedback on policies and practices related to annual tuition, fees, and budget models.
  • Review and provide feedback on policies and practices related to the annual base budget and the annual budget review process.
  • Review and provide feedback on policies and practices related to purchasing and finance.
  • Review and provide feedback on student billing and collection policies and practices.
  • Review and provide feedback on benefits

Physical Environment Committee

The Physical Environment Committee is responsible for studying, monitoring and making recommendations related to overall campus planning, safety, and the use and assignment of university space, physical facilities and equipment. These recommendations will be made to the UC steering committee for consideration. 

The specific responsibilities of the Physical Environment Committee are: 

  • Participate in the development of space/facilities long-range plans and capital projects for the campus.
  • Participate in the development of long-range plans concerning all safety related issues impacting the campus community.
  • Participate in the development of long-range plans concerning the utilization of parking, buildings, services and land use, including ADA compliance.
  • Review and provide feedback with respect to facilities decisions for the campus, such as appropriate program space, classroom availability and quality, faculty offices and laboratories, and related topics.
  • Review and provide feedback with respect to safety related issues.
  • Review and provide feedback with respect to parking and transportation services.
  • Review and provide feedback with respect to ADA compliance.
  • Review, provide feedback, and make recommendations related to sustainability.

Communications Committee

The Communication Committee is responsible for studying, monitoring and making recommendations regarding the university’s internal communications policies and practices, as well as external communication and relations issues arising from local, state, and federal issues that affect the university. These recommendations will be made to the UC steering committee for consideration. 

The specific responsibilities of the Communication Committee are:

  • Assess and make recommendations regarding the university’s internal/external communication strategies and practices.
  • Develop and maintain a plan for ensuring an effective communication process for the university community.
  • Provide/receive continuing feedback to/from university council on systemic communication issues.
  • Construct/review long-range plans addressing local, state, and federal issues related to higher education that affect the university.
  • Track public issues that have a direct institution-wide impact and recommend action as appropriate.

Athletics and Recreation Committee

The Athletics and Recreation Committee is responsible for studying, monitoring and making recommendations on strategies and policies regarding athletic issues. These recommendations will be made to the UC  steering committee for consideration.

The specific responsibilities of the Athletics and Recreation Committee are:

  • Review and assess the university’s long-term plans as related to athletics.
  • Review and provide feedback on non-academic policies and practices related to athletics.
  • Review and provide recommendations related to the athletics department budget and budget requests.
  • Review and assess the university’s long-term plans related to recreation.
  • Review and provide feedback on policies and practices related to recreation.
  • Review and provide recommendations related to the budget of and funding of recreation facilities and activities on campus.
  • Review, assess, and provide feedback on the campus climate with regard to the health and wellness of faculty, staff, and contract professionals.

Talent Development and Human Resources Committee

The Talent Development and Human Resources Committee is responsible for studying, monitoring and making recommendations on the development of all university policies and practices regarding inclusive excellence. These recommendations will be made to the UC  steering committee for consideration.

The specific responsibilities of the Talent Development Committee are:

  • Review and assess the university’s long-term plans related to inclusive excellence.
  • Review and provide feedback on policies and practices related to inclusive excellence.
  • Review and provide feedback on accessibility-related practices and issues.
  • Suggest strategies to improve the recruitment growth, development, competence, and success of faculty, staff, and contract professionals who will enhance the diversity of the University.
  • Evaluate specific issues related to the University’s inclusive excellence agenda
  • Recommend approaches to ensure succession planning is developed and implemented.
  • Recommend policies or approaches to proactively anticipate major potential adjustments to the workforce due to retirement system changes or other demographics.

Research Committee

The Research Committee is responsible for studying, monitoring and making recommendations on the universities research strategies and practices. These recommendations will be made to the UC steering committee for consideration.

The specific responsibilities of the Research Committee are:

  • Review and assess the university’s long-term plans regarding research.
  • Review and provide feedback on research policies and practices.
  • Review and provide feedback on strategic investment to stimulate and enable inter- and cross-disciplinary research and scholarship.
  • Review the methodology and provide advice associated with reporting institutional research productivity measures.
  • Make recommendations related to policies and practices associated with distribution of recovered indirect costs generated by contracts and grants.
  • Evaluate the principles and practices associated with attracting highly talented graduate students to the university.

Public Affairs and Development Committee

The Public Affairs and Development Committee is responsible for studying, monitoring and making recommendations on public affairs relations and development issues. These recommendations will be made to the UC  steering committee for consideration.

The specific responsibilities of the Public Affairs and Development Committee are: 

  • Review and assess the university’s long-term plans regarding public affairs.
  • Review and provide feedback on policies and practices related to the public.
  • Review and assess the university’s long-term plans regarding development.
  • Review and provide feedback on policies and practices related to development.

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