• In the Spring of 2009, the AS Executive board hired a consultant
team to evaluate the effectiveness of Associated Students
• The review team looked at important documents (constitution and
by-laws), gathered surveys and interviewed students and
• The information was fairly consistent across the various groups of
students and administrators
• All parties have a readiness for change
• Associated Students focuses mainly on programming
• Associated Students has too many positions
• Desire for AS to play a greater student advocacy, representation and
• Simple financial processes
• Weak Senate that does not act as a governance group
• AS is well funded but current emphasis on programming limits the
ability to use money more creatively
• Associated Students is not a representative body because its
primary emphasis is on student organizations
• In the Fall of 2009, the AS Executive board created a Review
Committee composing of different student leaders.
• With these findings, the Review Committee has begun to discuss
structural and substantive changes to the AS Team.
• The AS Executive Board reviewed the materials with the AS team
• The AS Advisors team made a series of recommendations
Current Organizational Chart!
Vice President Vice President
Vice President Vice President Vice President Vice President Multicultural Student
Academics Programming Finance Marketing Relations Organizations
Academics Alumni Relations Controller Issues Sports Orgs
Honor Council Multicultural
Arts Elections Programming (2)
Asst. Concerts Marketers (2)
Proposed new structure - Executive Board!
• The Executive Board will act as executors of the Senate’s
legislation. It will focus on advocating student issues and
administering elections and finances.
• Divided into four separate branches:
- Vice-President (elected) !
- Speaker of the Senate (elected) !
- Communications (appointed) !
- Finance (appointed)!
Speaker of the Communication
Vice President Finance Chair
Academics Senators (30) Historian Controller
Chief Of Staff Web
(one of 30 Senators
*(from the 30 Senators)
(Academic, Inclusion & (one of 30
Diversity, Student Life, Senators)
• Enforce the constitution
• Attend faculty meetings
• Chief of Staff
• Senators based on residency and college to allow (30 total)
» More united feeling, better advocacy!
» Proportionally represented based upon statistics !
• Four mandatory committees: Academic, Inclusion and Diversity, Student
Organizations, and Student Life.
» Additional Ad-hoc committees !
• Senators will report to the Speaker of the Senate and are not a part of the AS team
• Leadership Councils (IFC, Panhellenic, RHA, UFLC, and WCLC) act as liaisons
to the Senate
Senate Break Down!
• Based on USD 2009-2010 Data!
• Academic Senators!
- College of Arts and Sciences (11)!
- School of Business Administration (3)!
- School of Business Administration, Engineering (1) !
• Residency Senators!
- Camino/Founders (1)!
- Commuter (8)!
- Maher (1)!
- Missions A (1)!
- Missions B (1)!
- Vistas (2)!
- UTAs/Manchester/SAPs/San Buenaventura (1)!
Selection Process - Committee Chair!
• An elected Senator must apply and undergo an interview process
• To ensure the most skilled and passionate for the position
• Interview process by AS Executive board
• Concerning the Inclusion and Diversity chair, the selection
committee shall be composed of the Director of the UFMC and any
student representative deemed necessary
Chair of Inclusion and Diversity Committee !
• Job Description states that individual will work with United Front
Multicultural Center and UF Leadership Council
• Encouraged to be a member of the United Front Multicultural
Inclusion and Diversity Committee!
• Example of Job Description
• 7-8 Senators will choose to be a part of the Inclusion and
Diversity committee based on interest!
• Diversity and Inclusion Training (does not occur on
• Committee will meet with student representatives from
the United Front (similar to current MRB)!
• Allows for empowerment of the newly created UFLC!
• Committee members will attend important meetings such
as PABID !
• Will legislate on behalf of the students (occurred
once in past three years on current senate)!
• Focus more on advocating for student issues, instead of advertising for
student group events
• Strategic information position to innovate new ways to advertise and
• Additionally, Web and Historian
• Marketing designers will report directly to the Creative Zone and will not
be under Associated Students.
» Responsibility: produce paper marketing products (posters,
» Allows ﬂexibility for AS, Student Orgs, and the Program
» Creative Zone can supervise and not advise the process !
• Streamline current AS Financial procedures
• ASBC and ICC combined into at least monthly distribution
• Finance committee - no longer AS Executive Branch
How are Student Organizations
• Within the Senate
- Constitutional Sub-Committee focused on Student
- Vice President Branch responsible for ICC meetings!
How are Multicultural Issues,
Programming, and Relations represented?!
• Multicultural Issues and Relations
- Constitutional subcommittee focused on Multicultural
issues and relations !
• Multicultural Programming
- Position remains under the Program Board!
• Separate programming board entirely from Associated Students
• The program board chair would be:
– appointed !
– given substantial funds !
– have separate advisors!
– appoint his/her own program board allowing
independence and discretion of programming!
• Aimed to reduce over-programming and specialize for better, larger
• While programming offers instant returns for student issues, it is not
necessarily the best method to advocate for student issues
Program Board - Positions!
• Athletics (NCAA and Club)
• Special Events
• Weekend Programming
• Class Programming
Why a Separate Program Board?!
• Aimed to reduce over-programming and specialize for better,
• While programming offers instant returns for student issues, it is
not necessarily the best method to advocate for student issues
• By separating the boards. Both aspects of governance can be
Thursday, February 18 - Proposed in AS Student Senate
Thursday, March 4 - Voted on in AS Student Senate (needs 51%)
Thursday, March 18 - Campus wide vote (needs 67%)
March 22-26 - Election Information Meetings
March 29-March 31 - Turn in Eligibility Packets
Tuesday, April 6 - Campaigns begin
Tuesday, April 13 - Election
Thursday, April 15 - Runoff (if needed)
Where to learn more!!
• Visit our Website
• Upcoming Events
- Tuesday, February 16 - Informational, Outside of SLP,
Dead Hours !