Councils & Workgroups

Shared Governance

The ϡȱ practices shared governance. The chancellor and other system administrators consult regularly with the legislatively-mandated, system-wide representative bodies. These groups are the:

Council of University System Presidents
An advisory group to the ϡȱ chancellor, the Council of University System Presidents comprises the presidents of ϡȱ's 12 institutions.

Council of University System Faculty
CUSF the official body of faculty from the ϡȱ to advise the System and the Regents on University Matters.

Council of University System Staff
The ϡȱ Council of University System Staff (CUSS) provides non-faculty employees of the ϡȱ with a voice in the governance of the system.

University System of ϡȱ Student Council
The ϡȱSC provides a vehicle to ensure that the System leadership is aware of student perspectives and responsive to student concerns and issues

Alumni Relations Council
The Alumni Relations Council (ARC) is made up of alumni relations leaders from each of the ϡȱ’s institutions. Members collaborate to advance alumni stewardship and engagement throughout the System.

Vice President's Council
The Vice President’s (VP) Council comprises the vice presidents of advancement from our ϡȱ institutions. The council meets three times a year to discuss fundraising progress and trends, resources to build fundraising programs, policies, and other items of interest.

In addition, these systemwide groups work to advance ϡȱ:
  • ϡȱ Communications Council
    The ϡȱ Communications Council (ϡȱCC) comprises the chief communications officers from the system office and each of the ϡȱ institutions. Council members develop public messages in support of systemwide initiatives, and develop strategies and tactics for message dissemination; share best practices in communications; and engage in professional development.


  • The Women's Forum brings together the women of the University System of ϡȱ in order to enhance the status of women, to foster networking among women and to encourage the participation of women in all facets of the System.

  • Diversity Network
    The ϡȱ embraces the concept of multicultural diversity as well as the many other forms of diversity that exist among its students, faculty, staff and other members of our campus communities.
  • ϡȱ P20
    ϡȱ P20 is a collaborative effort among all segments of the educational community. The goal of the Partnership is to give all students in the state the very best public education by setting high standards for teaching and learning.

  • Information Technology Coordinating Council
    The ϡȱ (ϡȱ) Information Technology Coordinating Council shall coordinate information technology activities of the ϡȱ that transcend an individual campus. It is a forum for collaboration, communication, and joint action on information technology issues within the ϡȱ.


  • Led by the ϡȱ, MEEC leverages its size and volume to all education providers in ϡȱ at very attractive prices. Currently, 100+ ϡȱ educational institutions participate in MEEC projects, including higher education, K-12, public, and private schools. The primary bond was forged to negotiate an Enterprise Agreement with Microsoft. Since then, anti-virus software and discounted training for IT professionals have been added. Participation in all aspects of the consortium is voluntary and non-exclusive.

  • System Research Administrators' Group (SRAG)
    SRAG members are those individuals who are responsible for administering research grants and contracts. The group was established as a means to share the ways they are responding to changes in federal or State administrative rules, to clarify reporting requirements, and to propose changes in