April 26, 2004
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS URBANA-CHAMPAIGN SENATE
Committee on University Student Life
2003-04 Annual Repor
tThe following report summarizes the activities of the Senate Committee on University Student Life (USL) during the 2003-2004 academic year. The Committee met eight times – September 23, October 21, November 18, December 9, January 27, February 24, March 16, and April 20. One of USL’s primary functions is to serve as a liaison between students and the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs. Another is to raise, discuss, and act on issues of particular concern to student life.
Throughout the year, Vice-Chancellor Askew communicated information and invited discussion on new programs and services, renovation of facilities, and salient issues. At one meeting Askew presented the new strategic plan for Student Affairs, A Powerful Purpose – Strategic Opportunities for Student Affairs 2003-08, which will serve as a framework for annual goal setting, action, and optimal use of resources by the Division of Student Affairs. USL members toured the Turner Student Services Building and Student Services Arcade to learn more about the services provided by the CareerCenter, Student Financial Aid, Student Conflict Resolution, Minority Student Affairs, International Student Affairs, the Counseling Center and the Office of the Dean of Students.A number of issues and problems have been raised during the year.
USL discussion and exploration of these has provided some useful answers to questions and has resulted in ideas for action. The main items USL focused on this year were the following:Expansion and Renovation of Campus Recreation FacilitiesFinancial AidI-VoteIllinois Leadership Initiative and Illinois Leadership CenterStudent Co-Chair USL urges that student input be solicited through as many Senate committees as possible. The Committee especially urges that USL be included in all Senate deliberations in which university student life is or may be affected. This will be particularly important as campus leaders consider how to handle the budget for the coming year.
COMMITTEE ON UNIVERSITY STUDENT LIFE
Jared Bronski, Chair
F. William Simmons
Patricia Askew, ex officio
Bill Riley, ex officio