The Student Academic Senate (SAS), formed in 2008, is comprised of student senators from each department on campus. SAS serves as a strong student voice to many entities on campus such as the administration and faculty. The Senate's main goals are to spread awareness of important information throughout every department, and to allocate money to students when appropriate.
How does the Student Academic Senate work?
The senate is comprised of the General Senate, which is a collection of student senators from each department on campus, as well as an Executive Board made up of one student senator from each college. Those senators serve as a link between students in their deparment and SAS. When a student inquires about requesting money the senator mediates the process by making the proposal to the Senate. The process is as follows: The Executive Board will meet prior to the General Senate meeting, then students will come before the Board to make a proposal for funds. The Executive Board recommends an amount then passes the request on to the General Senate. The General Senate then votes and decides the final amount to be allocated.
Senators are responsible for sharing information, and bringing academic proposals for funding to the Board in a timely fashion. Also, senators are required to meet twice a month for a general assembly to carry out said duties. Senators are also responsible for meeting with their department chairs at least once a month in order to stay up-to-date on academic issues.
What are the benefits?
Students involved in SAS will gain leadership and professional skills. Senators will have the ability to create a one-on-one relationship with their deans and department chairs. SAS is the place for top student leaders who learn and build skills in communication and problem solving. In today's economy it is important for students to set themselves apart from others; SAS is a great opportunity to do this, and and excellent addition to a resume.