Committees and Chairs
The Senate of College Councils includes seven internal standing committees and two individual chair positions that work closely with the Executive Board. Each Senate committee and individual chair is thematically focused on a particular academic issue. Committees and individual chairs play a major role in setting Senate’s legislative agenda and are frequently responsible for researching, writing, presenting, and ultimately implementing the legislation introduced during Senate General Assembly meetings. Additionally, many Senate committee teams and individual chairs coordinate major programming events throughout the year to raise awareness on campus regarding their particular academic focus.
The Academic Enrichment Committee is responsible for promoting educational experiences that go beyond the classroom and that provide another learning dynamic to a student’s education. This committee will mainly focus on programming and policy initiatives to improve academic service learning, study abroad opportunities, promotion of internships, and technology use in the classroom.
The Academic Integrity Committee is devoted to fostering a culture of integrity and honor at The University of Texas at Austin. By working with faculty, administrators, athletics, and students, this committee helps integrate the university’s Student Honor Code and Core Values into all facets of Longhorn life. The Academic Integrity Committee promotes the importance of integrity on campus through writing legislation and organizing events such as IntegrityUT Week, which is a week devoted to developing awareness for academic integrity issues on campus. We have also utilized UT’s strong network of alumni and staff in order to garner support for our endeavors, which has included filming Matthew McConaughey, and Coaches Aston and Strong this past year for an honor code promotional video.
The Academic Policy Committee is responsible for addressing issues dealing with the curriculum of the university, as well as standardized academic processes and regulations currently in place. In the past this has included registration, degree plans, and course instructor surveys, among other issues. The Curriculum committee hopes to respond to current matters such as advising, course transformation, and refining the core curriculum.
The Communications Committee is responsible for working with the Communications Director to help publicize all Senate and College Council programming initiatives. The committee designs advertisements, creates videos, writes blogs, and uses any other form of publicity needed to adequately inform the university community about Senate and its initiatives.
The Faculty Affairs Committee is dedicated to fostering a closer relationship and a deeper appreciation between UT students and their faculty through various programs designed to showcase honorary professors. The main initiative Faculty Affairs pursues is to increase interaction between the two bodies is hosting Faculty Appreciation Week, along with hosting student-faculty events throughout the year and facilitating Senate’s Professor and TA of the Year awards. Additionally, members of the committee will work closely on teaching assistant issues and other legislation pertaining to faculty affairs.
The Fundraising Chair assists the Financial Director in fundraising. Responsibilities include coordinating on-campus fundraising events and reaching out to potential corporate and alumni donors.
The Policy Drafting Chair assists the Policy Director in drafting legislation. Responsibilities include researching various legislation topics, drafting legislation and policy briefs, and aiding members of the Leadership Team in writing legislation.
The Recruitment and Retention Committee focuses on increasing the retention of current students and faculty by improving the academic experience for transfer and dual degree students. Along with these initiatives, the Recruitment and Retention Committee is focused on improving recruitment programs to promote the pursuit of a higher education at The University of Texas at Austin.
The Undergraduate Research Committee's mission is to improve the accessibility, feasibility, and quality of undergraduate research on the Forty Acres. This committee seeks to work with faculty, administrators, and college councils to promote research opportunities on campus and strengthen the University’s undergraduate research culture. The committee’s policy initiatives include administering the Undergraduate Research Grant, implementing the First-Year Opportunities in Research (FOR) program, and hosting the University-wide Research Week, a celebration of undergraduates’ creative research.