Committees

During the academic year, much of Senate's work is carried out at the committee level.  Senators strive to communicate the needs and views of Albertans to the University and the Alberta government, and to interpret to the public the many different facets of the the University.  To accomplish this, ad hoc committees or working groups may be set up to consider specific issues or undertake particular projects.

SENATE COMMITTEES
  • Executive
  • Campus Inquiries and Initiatives
  • Community Connections and Engagement
  • Honorary Degree Selection
  • Nominating and Review
  • U School
SENATE WORKING GROUPS
  • Honours
  • Student Mental Health (ad hoc)
  • Work Plan (ad hoc)
SENATE STRATEGIC PRIORITIES
  1. CONNECT future learners to the University of Alberta.
  2. CONNECT community leaders and advocates IN to the University of Alberta.
  3. CONNECT the University OUT to communities in Edmonton and Alberta.
  4. INQUIRE into public-interest and post-secondary issues of benefit to the University and society.
  5. PROMOTE the University of Alberta's commitment to the public good.

Senate Standing Committees

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

ONGOING MANDATE - Advise Chancellor, contribute to Senate resource planning, recommend the striking of Senate task forces or Senate working groups, and design plenary meeting agendas.

STRATEGIC PLAN ALIGNMENT

  • PROMOTE - Strengthen the relationships between Senate, Alumni Council, Alumni Relations, and University Relations through a joint committee to review opportunities and challenges in university-community communication. 

CAMPUS INQUIRIES AND INITIATIVES COMMITTEE

ONGOING MANDATE - Undertake inquiries and informal campus consultations, increase Senate profile using website and campus initiatives, enhance relationships with Faculties, review applications for Senate funds, and create an annual public event on campus.

STRATEGIC PLAN ALIGNMENT

  • INQUIRE - Undertake a new inquiry, or expand a related Senate task force inquiry, to examine a key issue or public opportunity emerging from community consultations or For the Public Good working groups.
  • CONNECT IN - Leverage university expertise for the public good by hosting forums and Senate plenary panel discussions that engage students, faculty, and administrators in issues identified by community leaders.

COMMUNITY CONNECTION AND ENGAGEMENT COMMITTEE

ONGOING MANDATE - Engage 4 communities outside Edmonton in conversations to enhance connections, gather community perceptions, support ongoing initiatives with Indigenous communities, and share community feedback with senior leadership team.

STRATEGIC PLAN ALIGNMENT

  • CONNECT OUT - Partner with local organizations, including Indigenous, municipal and regional governments, agencies, chambers of commerce, and others, to host off-campus events that highlight the expertise of students and faculty to benefit the community.
  • CONNECT OUT - Collaborate more closely with Alumni Council, Alumni Relations, the Friends of the University of Alberta, and the Faculties to enhance and expand community interaction.  
  • CONNECT OUT - In partnership with the Office of the Provost, connect with Indigenous communities and educational institutions to enhance the University’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. 
  • PROMOTE - Collaborate with the Office of the President, University Relations, Advancement, Students’ Union, Graduate Students’ Association, faculty and staff to enhance the University of Alberta United Way campaign supporting a healthy community and the public good.
  • PROMOTE - Equip Senators with communication resources to personalize and share stories that show the positive impacts of the university.
  • PROMOTE - Investigate opportunities for the Senate, Faculties, and other key university units to collaborate in building public understanding of the social and economic benefits of post-secondary education. 

HONORARY DEGREE SELECTION COMMITTEE

ONGOING MANDATE - Review nominations, approve outstanding Honorary Degree recipients, and enhance University traditions and celebrations.

STRATEGIC PLAN ALIGNMENT

  • PROMOTE - Enhance the Honorary Degree selection and conferral process, continuing to recognize and profile outstanding local, national, and international leaders.

NOMINATING AND REVIEW COMMITTEE

ONGOING MANDATE - Encourage and review outstanding applications to Senate, undertake term renewal and exit interviews, support new members of Senate to engage with their role, and support Senate Alumni.

STRATEGIC PLAN ALIGNMENT

  • PROMOTE - Equip Senators with communication resources to personalize the share stories that show the positive impacts of the university.

U SCHOOL COMMITTEE

ONGOING MANDATE - Support operation and evaluation of program that welcomes students in grades 4-9 from schools in socially vulnerable, Aboriginal (FNMI), and rural communities to a week-long learning opportunity at the University of Alberta.

STRATEGIC PLAN ALIGNMENT

  • CONNECT LEARNERS - Expand, enhance, and assess impact of Senate’s U School program while providing meaningful opportunities for members of the campus community as volunteer mentors and leaders.

Senate Working Groups

HONOURS WORKING GROUP

ONGOING MANDATE - Write Honorary Degree nominations independently or in collaboration with Faculties or community leaders, scan for talented people, and research individuals who have earned local, national, or international recognition.

STRATEGIC PLAN ALIGNMENT

  • PROMOTE - Enhance the Honorary Degree nomination process.

STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH WORKING GROUP (ad hoc)

ONGOING MANDATE - In consultation with the Office of the Dean of Students, support student wellness, engagement, and retention.

STRATEGIC PLAN ALIGNMENT

  • PROMOTE - Collaborate with the Office of the Dean of Students to advance public understanding of and support for healthy campus communities including mental health initiatives.

WORK PLAN WORKING GROUP (ad hoc)

MANDATE - Work with the Chancellor and Senate Director on one-year and three-year plans to support Senate’s 2017-2021 Strategic Plan.