Regional Advisory Councils are one of the networks the University of Saskatchewan uses to connect more closely with Saskatchewan communities. They are located in Saskatchewan Senate Districts and include representatives from many regional groups including health, education, Aboriginal groups, business and industry, Chambers of Commerce, Regional Economic Development Associations, municipal government and community based organizations. They are chaired by University of Saskatchewan Senators elected in each region and liaise with multiple groups within the University about important community issues.
Role The role of Regional Advisory Councils is to: • provide the University Senate a means to carry out its role to promote enhanced communication with the public • assist the University in identifying and implementing strategies to respond to the communities it serves • advise the University on matters pertaining to university policies, procedures, programs, initiatives, etc. • increase public awareness and act as an advocate for University programming and activities, seek out new engagement initiatives, and provide feedback from the community • provide a vehicle for consultation related to University programs and activities • provide opportunities to build new partnerships with communities and sectors • facilitate two-way communication with the public about the university’s academic programs and research • provide input into, and receive information from, the Senate Round Table on Outreach and Engagement
Working Together with Regional Advisory Councils As the farthest-reaching community networks, Regional Advisory Councils serve as a “window on the province” for the University. Regional Advisory Councils will work together with the Senate Round Table with to promote community-University engagement. Communication will flow freely between both groups and information will be reported back to Senate.
TRICAMERAL GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE:
In accordance with The University of Saskatchewan Act, our University has a Tricameral Governance Structure, which means it has three governing bodies: Senate – responsible for public issues, gives graduates, the community and key stakeholders a voice in university affairs The Board of Governors – responsible for fiscal issues, administers and manages property, revenues and finances University Council – responsible for academic issues, oversees and directs the University’s academic affairs with items ranging from degrees, scholarships and programs to evaluation, academic dishonesty, admission, scheduling and library policy