Undergraduate Representatives to University Standing Committees
Undergraduate representatives to university standing committees serve a vital function as links between students and the university, and have the potential to impact high-level decisions across campus. Student serve on committees consisting of University faculty and administration, addressing campus issues, operating within a context of increased specificity.
All undergraduate representatives to University Standing Committees are
- Regularly attend all committee meetings and proactively participate in discussion and provide input from the student perspective
- Carry out one long term project as a part of the committee, culminating in a written report or presentation
- Update the SA EVP after each meeting or on a regular basis
Please visit Committee Charges for the constitutional responsibilities of each committee.
Apply here: University Standing Committee Application by 11:59 PM on March 22nd.
Establish admissions policy and procedure. Discuss issues related to financial aid. Brainstorm ideas about how to deal with common admission problems (ex. How can Rice recruit more out-of-state applicants?).
Meetings: Meetings are held monthly at a time determined by the committee.
Discuss requests for use of athletic facilities and complaints and requests regarding athletic policies. Liaison committee between Rice, C-USA and NCAA.
Meetings: Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month.
Examinations and Standing
Recommend and administer undergraduate academic regulations of the university. Consider individual petitions and student academic grievances and then vote on whether to accept or deny the petition. Provide faculty with a student’s perspective on academic issues.
Meetings: Meetings are held once a week from anywhere between 30 minutes to 1 ½ hours.
Involved in all facets of Fondren regarding present operations and future planning.
Meetings: Varies by year; no more than one meeting a month.
Advise the President on such transportation-related issues as shuttle bus operations, parking regulations, fee changes, and traffic flow. Expected to bring discussions back to the Student Senate and SA Senators to develop transportation-related projects.
Meetings: Meetings are held once a month.
President's Lecture Series
Select the speakers for the President's Lecture Series. Collect input from student body to bring relevant speakers. Work with the SA EVP and Director of Public Relations to advertise the speakers and encourage more undergraduates to attend the events.
Meetings: Meetings are held as needed.
Write assessments of various faculty members' teaching skills to assist in decisions of promotion and tenure. Select Rice faculty for university, state, and national teaching awards. Review faculty proposals for the Brown Foundation Teaching Grants. (This committee charge may be changing next year to work more with the Center of Teaching Excellence)
Meetings: Approximately 12 hours of work for the entire year.
Review the effectiveness of undergrad curriculum. Make recommendations for changes of academic requirements. Work with the SA senators on an as-needed basis to relay back discussions.
Meetings: Meetings are held once or twice a month.