New Council Enhances Students’ Role in Student Life Procedures

Student Life at Austin Community College has formed a council to enhance the student voice in procedures governing organizations and clubs.

The Student Organizations and Clubs Council (SOCC) is a new addition this academic year. Student Life established SOCC after respondents to a spring 2011 survey expressed an interest in having a bigger role in determining policies in this area.

“Student Life belongs to students, and we’re dedicated to working with them to make their college experience the best it can be,” says Dr. Kathleen Christensen, vice president of student support and success systems. “SOCC is a wonderful way to ensure healthy, open communication on vital Student Life issues, and we appreciate the students’ suggestions that prompted its creation.”

Student Life developed SOCC based on best practices at other colleges, and each club and organization will have representation. The council will serve as a forum for discussions and decision making; issues to be addressed by SOCC include the requirements to maintain recognized club status.

“SOCC is an avenue of communication and collaboration for all clubs and organizations,” says Quevarra Moten, Student Life coordinator at Northridge Campus and SOCC staff leader. “It is an opportunity for students to lead the process and make their voices heard.”

SOCC will meet monthly, and its members will shape how the council functions and the process for students to share ideas and suggestions. SOCC membership will elect officers at the October 28 meeting at Highland Business Center (10 a.m. – noon, Room 214). Students are invited to attend and observe.

The next SOCC meeting is scheduled for December 1, 10 a.m. – noon.

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