Senate hopes to better represent student needs
North Central is currently in the process of restructuring its student senate to represent class standing instead of the residence halls, which will take effect in the fall semester of 2015. The change is intended to foster a greater class identity for freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors, and to better represent the needs of students, according to Nicole Palser, the assistant dean of leadership and experiential learning. The senate will consist of one representative from each class standing.
The former structure, which was based on students’ respective residence halls, needed to change because it was ineffective at representing the needs of the student body according to Palser.
“When students want to address a concern, they are more comfortable speaking to their residence advisors and discipleship leaders about it, so the old system was redundant” said Palser.
The new senate will consist of four representatives, one for the freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior classes. Students can reach out to them with their concerns, and they will report to the student body president, who in turn reports to universty president Gordon Anderson.
According to the official job description for student senate, the primary responsibilities for next year’s senate include greeting new and returning students during welcome week, planning class reunions, holding forums to discuss student issues and hosting social events on campus.
Senate positions are hired roles, and while the hiring process has already begun there are some positions still available. Applications are due on Apr. 6, 2015.
Students must meet several requirements in order to be eligible for a senate position. They must be a full time student at North Central (enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits), maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above, and have successfully completed or intend to enroll in Leadership Development I (GS 280). They must also have a satisfactory chapel attendance record, discipline record, and be in good financial standing with North Central, according to the senate’s official job description.
Senators will meet on a weekly basis to discuss student issues and possible solutions. They also have regular meetings with the student body president and their assigned staff and faculty committee in order to communicate student concerns and implement new policies.
For more detailed information on senate requirements and expectations, students may contact the student engagement and experiential learning office.