To seek broad and representative external advisement from alumni to help the College of Education achieve its mission and mandate, and strategic plan.
The council will be a committee of the administration, with clear reporting mechanisms and feedback loops in place to ensure that advice provided from alumni is communicated and considered by the appropriate College departments or units. Advice could be submitted as petitions from the Dean on behalf of alumni to Faculty Council, to Departments, or to faculty and staff as appropriate. The powers of the Alumni Advisory Council will be limited to advisement based on consultations and discussions with College leadership and College faculty and staff. The final decision on whether or not to act on the recommendations will rest with the College, subject to the College’s mission, mandate, strategic plan, capacity and resources.
Dean’s Role as Chair
As Chair, the Dean:
- Provides strong leadership and serves as a liaison between the College and the Council to communicate goals and opportunities.
- Ensures that Council members clearly understand the purpose of the committee and the processes for communicating advice.
- Seeks advisement from members related to the three pillars of the 2025 Strategic Plan:
- Intensify Research and Discovery
- Create and Champion Excellence in Teaching and Learning
- Elevate Respect, Reputation and Engagement
- Fosters an environment where Council members feel comfortable sharing their enlightened, informed and diverse perspectives.
- Ensures the Council’s role is well respected and understood by faculty, staff and students and key stakeholders in the College of Education.
- Strives to balance the knowledge and experience of Council members appropriately to support the College’s strategic plan and stakeholder needs.
- All members must be alumni from the College of Education, whether holding undergraduate, diploma, certificate or graduate degrees.
- Membership will be diverse in terms of graduation year, gender, culture, occupation, age and professional experience. Membership will strive to include a diverse representation of alumni across a range of groups, such as First Nations, Métis and Inuit, and non-Indigenous alumni, as well as alumni of the LGBTQ2+ community.
- Nomination will occur using a nomination or self-nomination process, with nominations reviewed by the Dean.
- Current faculty, staff and students are not eligible.
- Length of appointments are for three-year renewable terms. Appointments will be staggered with rolling intake. Terms will be renewable at the Chair’s discretion.
- Sub-committees may be created with a sub-committee lead appointed based on different purposes.
- Membership will be on a voluntary and service basis without remuneration.
- The composition of the membership will reflect the strength of leadership available to the College of Education within the communities it serves and represents***.
***WHILE IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT THE COLLEGE ALUMNI ADVISORY COMMITTEE WILL BE DIVERSE IN ITS COMPOSITION, THIS COMMITTEE IS NOT INTENDED TO REPLACE THE NEED FOR INDIGENOUS ELDERS AS ADVISORS TO THE COLLEGE. THE COLLEGE RECOGNIZES AND RESPECTS THAT STUDENTS, STAFF AND FACULTY BENEFIT FROM THE GUIDANCE OF FIRST NATIONS, METIS, AND INUIT ELDERS, PARTICULARLY IN THE AREAS OF INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGES, CULTURE, RESEARCH, LANGUAGE, RECONCILIATION, IDENTITY, AND OTHER INDIGENOUS ASPECTS OF OUR WORK TOGETHER. IT IS BOTH ANTICIPATED AND RECOMMENDED THAT ELDERS CONTINUE TO BE INVITED TO THE COLLEGE AS INITIATIVES ARISE, AND THAT THESE IMPORTANT PEOPLE ARE REMUNERATED ACCORDINGLY AS PER THE PRACTICE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN.
- Provide advice and guidance on the College of Education’s strategic direction, implementation and review.
- Help the College of Education increase its connectivity with alumni, friends and other key stakeholders.
- Champion new and existing initiatives of the College of Education.
- Assist the College in building its reputation locally, nationally and internationally.
- Contribute professional expertise to help the College of Education develop its position within areas of professional practice.
- Advise on alumni engagement, development and communication activities to assist the College in enhancing its reputation, fundraising and enrollment goals.
- When requested by the Dean, act as a spokesperson on behalf of the College, which could include being profiled on the College website and in other communication as an Advisory Council Member.
- Opportunity to provide feedback on strategic plans, alumni engagement, program development, events and other activities as they arise.
- Receive a welcome package that includes alumni apparel to distinguish the group.
- Opportunity for communication and engagement with the Dean and College leadership.
- Access to events and invitation to College events; recognition at events.
- Invitations to gatherings/forums that could include a keynote speaker.
- Acknowledgement on the website.
- Opportunity to engage in fireside chats with notable alumni and leaders.
- Opportunity to act as an advocate and spokesperson for the College when needed.