Overview: The President's Council on Student Affairs is a new, University-wide council formed by President Bollinger to provide a more direct link between the president and the provost, and the student body and the administrators who address student issues.
Mission: The council will serve as a formal venue for students, the Office of Student Services, the Office of the University Chaplain and the deans of student affairs to bring important community matters and other issues of student concern directly to the attention of the president and the provost. The council also is designed to supplement the informal interactions between the president and the provost and students throughout the year.
Frequency: The Council will meet three times a year.
Membership: The council will be composed of 15 members representing students from undergraduate, graduate and graduate professional programs, as well as members of the University administration charged with overseeing student welfare. They include:
- President Lee C. Bollinger and Provost Alan Brinkley;
- A student representative and the dean of student affairs from Columbia College, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of General Studies and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences;
- Student representatives and the deans of student affairs from four of Columbia 's graduate professional schools, all of whom will serve on a rotating basis. For example, in the first year, students from the School of the Arts and the Business School will be represented on the council along with deans of student affairs from the School of Social Work and the Mailman School of Public Health; and
- University Chaplain Jewelnel Davis and Vice President of Student Services Lisa Hogarty.
Selection of Students: The student councils for each school will nominate three students, who are not officers, to join the council. From these nominees, President Bollinger and Provost Brinkley will select the final student representatives. The selection of students for council representation in the 2005-2006 academic year will take place by May 2005.