Systemwide Committees2018-05-14T14:03:15+00:00


To better the California State University (CSU) student experience, several systemwide committees have been developed to provide resources, best practices, and policies, addressing issues that impact the 23 California State University campuses. In efforts to increase shared governance, the CSU Office of the Chancellor has encouraged the appointment of CSU students to provide their unique perspectives in suggesting “policies, procedures, and practices that can strengthen shared governance in the CSU at the system level.” While systemwide committees address broad areas, each uniquely impacts student success. Additionally, in order to increase accessibility to students, the CSU Office of the Chancellor covers costs associated with travel and lodging for student systemwide committee members.


Each year, the Cal State Student Association (CSSA) is granted the opportunity to select CSU students to serve on a number of systemwide committees, representing students of the California State University system. Upon the deadline of the applications, the CSSA President, in consultation of the CSSA Board of Directors, will appoint students to any committee vacancies for one or two-year terms.


CSU students interested in applying to serve on a systemwide committee will utilize the following process:

  1. Ensure you have met and intend to meet the requirements prescribed by the CSU Office of the Chancellor Coded Memo AA-2012-05 (page 3).
  2. Review the 2018/2019 committee vacancies, including term length and the number of vacancies.
  3. Review the 2018/2019 Systemwide Committees Information Packet and gather the information required.
  4. Submit your ‘2018/2019 Systemwide Committees Application’ on or before the deadline.
Committee Name Term Length ’18 Vacancies**
Admission Advisory Council 1 Year (July 2018 – May 2019) 1
General Education Advisory Committee 1 Year (July 2018 – May 2019) 2
Honorary Degrees, Trustees’ Subcommittee 1 Year (July 2018 – May 2019) 1
Institute for Teaching and Learning Board 1 Year (July 2018 – May 2019) 1
Services to Students with Disabilities Advisory Committee 2 Years (July 2018 – May 2020) 4
Student Health Services Advisory Committee 2 Years (July 2018 – May 2020) 1
Student Mental Health Services Advisory Committee 2 Years (July 2018 – May 2020) 2
Summer Arts Advisory Council 2 Years (July 2018 – May 2020) 2

*All term cycles are July 1 – May 30
***These are expected vacancies and are subject to change


The opportunity to serve on a systemwide committee is a prestigious assessment offered to a relatively small number of students. In addition to being a critical part of shared governance, student committee members have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of issues impacting the CSU system alongside trustees, university presidents, provosts, vice presidents, faculty, and staff. Above all else, student committee members are uniquely placed to positively impact the student experience of the 480,000 CSU students.

The expectations of student committee members are nearly identical to that of other committee members. All committee members are expected to prepare for and attend all meetings, provide their input, and report back to their constituents. In addition, student committee members are required to participate in systemwide committee training and submit meeting reports to the CSSA Board of Directors.

If selected, the Office of the Chancellor will cover the cost of all approved travel. Travel arrangements are coordinated through the student committee member’s home campus (typically the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs) and reimbursed by the Office of the Chancellor.

CSSA can provide a letter of appointment to inform faculty that a student is on a systemwide committee but it does not excuse a student from academic responsibilities, including attending class. Arrangements must be made between faculty and the student committee member.

No. As long as you meet the qualifications, you are eligible to serve on a systemwide committee.

The President of the California State Student Association (CSSA), in consultation with the CSSA Vice President for University Affairs, will consider all completed applications. Applicants are scored based on their interests and experiences provided in their applications. In some cases, a reference may be consulted.

No. Only completed applications received by the deadline through the online application will be considered.

Although it is extremely rare, an eligible student may rank and serve on up to five systemwide committees. No preference is given to applicants based on the number of committees to which they apply.  

Total seats are the total number of student appointees CSSA has been given. Expected vacancies are the number of vacancies that are expected for the upcoming cycle. The difference is due to appointees that are expected to serve the second of a two-year term.

If you have any questions, please email Brandon Tsubaki, CSSA assistant director for student engagement at [email protected] Please do not contact committee members directly.


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