ARTICLE I. PURPOSE
The purpose of this Commission shall be to develop a comprehensive agenda for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) regarding the relationships between public higher education and the issues of human resources and social change. The Commission will focus on the major issues of broadening of access and opportunity; utilizing the diversity of the undergraduate experience to prepare graduates for the 21st century; enhancing diversity within student and faculty populations; and creating partnerships between universities and local and world communities to bring about beneficial social change.
The Commission shall draw on the experience of a broad cross-section of the higher education community. Furthermore, the Commission shall foster and maintain strong lines of communication within and outside APLU to provide linkages between the social and economic needs of the nation and proposals for a greater national investment in higher education.
ARTICLE II. MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Institutional Membership
The Commission shall include institutions expressing interest in working with the Commission’s agenda and holding membership in APLU.
Each member institution may appoint one voting delegate to the Commission. Voting delegates shall be appointed by their respective CEO. The Commission shall consist of an executive committee, delegates, and committees who shall have the right to vote in Commission meetings.
Section 2. Individual Membership
Individual members of the Commission shall be nominated by their institutions. The Commission shall insure that its membership is highly diverse and includes representatives who have demonstrated an interest in the stated purposes of the Commission.
Members of the Commission shall represent all levels of the institution including CEOs, vice presidents, administrators, deans, and faculty.
ARTICLE III. ORGANIZATION
Section 1. Structure
The governing body of the Commission shall consist of an Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall be made up of not more than 12 members including four officers, at least one 1890 representative, at least one 1994 representative and six general institutional members of the Commission.
Terms on the Executive Committee of the Commission shall be three years. The Executive Committee shall establish ad hoc committees, as it deems appropriate. The Commission shall develop its own policies and practices governing the nomination and election of officers, and its administrative relationship with the Board of Directors of APLU.
The Commission shall meet at least annually and additionalmeetings may be called by the Chair.
Section 2. Officers
The officers of the Commission shall be:
Past Chair (CEO)
These officers shall be ex- officio members of all committees of the Commission. The Commission Chair shall be recommended to APLU by the Commission’s Executive Committee and appointed by the Boards of Directors of APLU every three years.
The Chair of the Commission serves on the APLU Board of Directors for a period of three years commensurate with his/her tenure as Chair of the Commission.
The Commission Chair in consultation with the Executive Committee shall (1) call meetings of the Executive Committee and the Commission; (2) establish an agenda and preside at the meetings of the Executive Committee and the Commission; and (3) appoint chairs and members of the standing and ad hoc committees as appropriate.
A Chair–elect shall be elected every three years by members of the Commission and shall succeed to the Chair and Past Chair positions. The Chair-elect shall be responsible for planning the annual program in conjunction with the Program and Activity Committee of the Commission. The Chair-elect shall substitute for the Chair when the occasion demands.
A Secretary shall be elected every three years by the Commission. The Secretary shall be responsible for maintaining communication with all sectors of the Commission.
The term of office for each officer shall begin during the APLU annual meeting.
Section 3. Commission Executive Committee
The Commission’s rules of the operation shall be established by the Executive Committee and approved by the APLU Board of Directors.
The Executive Committee of the Commission shall consist of the following elected officers and members:
Past Chair (1)
1890 Representative (1)
General Institutional Members (6)
1994 Representative (1)
All non-office Executive Committee members shall be recommended to and appointed by the Chair of the Commission.
The primary responsibility of the Executive Committee shall be to develop a national agenda reflecting the major interests and goals of the Commission. This national agenda shall include congressional/federal issues and policies.
The Executive Committee shall be responsible for communicating the policies and programs of the Commission to all Committees, Councils, Boards, Commissions, and other policy-making bodies of APLU. The Chair of the Commission shall serve as the Commission’s representative on the NASUGLC Board of Directors for a period of three years consistent with APLU’s bylaws and practices. The Chair-elect shall serve in the absence of the Chair.
ARTICLE IV. COMMITTEE STRUCTURE OF THE COMMISSION
Section 1. Appointment
Terms on committees shall not exceed three years. The Chair of the Commission is authorized to establish ad hoc committees as necessary to carry out the purpose and mission of the Commission.
Chairs and members of committees shall be appointed by the Chair of the Commission.
Section 2. Commission Committees
• Nominations and Elections
The Nomination and Elections Committee shall recommend nominees and conduct elections for Commission officers. The Committee shall be chaired by the Past Chair of the Commission and members shall be appointed by the Chair-elect upon assumption of the Chair.
• Program and Activity
The program and Activity Committee shall plan and implement program activities of the Commission, including the Commission program at the APLU annual meeting. The Program and Activity Committee shall be chaired by the Chair-elect of the Commission and members shall be appointed by the Chair. The Commission shall establish ad hoc committees as appropriate.
ARTICLE V. MEETINGS
Section 1. Meetings of the Commission
The Commission shall hold annual meetings in conjunction with the APLU annual meeting and shall meet on other occasions as deemed appropriate. The purpose of the annual meeting shall be to establish and formalize a national agenda of the Commission including activities central to carrying out congressional and federal relations. The annual meeting of the Commission shall include members of the Executive Committee and members of the Commission including voting delegates, and members of committees.
Each member institution shall designate its voting delegate 30 days prior to Commission meetings.
Section 2. Rules
Meetings of all bodies within the Commission shall be conducted in accordance with the latest edition of Roberts Rules of Order.
ARTICLE VI. ELECTIONS
The Nominations and Election Committee shall prepare a slate of nominees for vacancies and conduct an election at the annual meeting of the Commission every three years and in accordance with policies and procedures as stipulated by the Executive Committee of the Commission and consistent with APLU’s bylaws.
ARTICLE VIII. AMENDMENTS
These Rules of Operation shall be amended by a majority of the Commission. Members of the Commission shall be notified in writing at least thirty (30) days in advance of the intent to amend Rules of Operation.