Senate Committees

All the planning, logistics and further exploration on specific issues and topics are run through committees. They are the nuts and bolts of the Senate. They are lead by a bylaws-appointed or Executive Council-appointed Chairperson. Senators are required to be in at least two committees, and any member-at-large (degree or non-degree students) are able to join and/or be part of any committees.

Senate Committee on Public Relations

Executive Council

Senate Committee on Legislative Affairs

Senate Committee on Rules

Senate Committee on Finance

Senate Committee on Team Development

Chairperson: Jon Jones

Meeting Time: TBD 


The Committee is tasked with the responsibility of communicating with the student body and the campus community. This Committee is responsible for the visibility of the Student Senate. This Committee deals with publications, events, displays, promotional branding, and other public relations-related matters. Other tasks are set by the individual Chairman or the direction of the Executive Council.

Chairperson: Shawn Padley

Meeting Time: TBD


The Committee is responsible for organizing any lobbying efforts by the Student Senate, including the delegation to the annual Wisconsin Student Government (WSG) Legislative Seminar. This Committee is tasked with informing the student body about elections and legistlative acitivity that may affect them, and registering students as voters. Any legislative matters is lead by this Committee. Other tasks are set by the individual Chairman or the direction of the Executive Council.

Chairperson: TBD

Meeting Time: TBD


The Committee is tasked with shaping, reviewing and assessing the Senate Annual Budget and the Three-Year Organizational Plan. It is tasked with updating the expenditure of the Senate. The Student Activites Board, with the approval of the Student Senate, sets the fiscal budget, but the committee administrates Senate Budget expenditure. Other tasks are set by the individual Chairman or the direction of the Executive Council.

Senate Committee on

Commuter Services

Chairperson: TBD

Meeting Time: TBD


The Committee is tasked with the coordination and improvement of the Shuttle Services, overseeing the metro bus pass. and will address any transportation-related concerns that may arise from the student body, and shall serve as the main organizational body for any commuter-related events. Other tasks are set by the individual Chairman or at the direction of the Executive Councill.

Chairperson: Shawn Padley

Meeting Time: TBD


The Committee addresses concerns referred to the Committee related to any changes, updates or improvements to the Constitution and Bylaws of the Student Senate. They review, recommend changes to the constitution and/or bylaws, help enforce policies, and so forth. Other tasks are set by the individual Chairman or the direction of the Executive Council.

Chairperson: Maia Lathrop

Meeting Time: TBD


The Committee is tasked with the continued development and imporvement of members of the Student Senate in the areas of organizational skills, communication, group dynamics, process, etc. The Committee is responsible for the planning and implementation of new member orientation, teambuilding, skill building and retreats throughout the year. Other tasks are set by the individual Chairman or the direction of the Executive Council.

Chairperson: Steven Ansorge

Meeting TIme: Tuesdays 8:15am


Consists of the five Executive Officers (the four Vice Presidents and the President) and the Advisor. It provides leadership and guidance for the Senate.

College Assembly

The College Assembly is the new shared-governance assembly system that governs the decision-making of the College. The College Councils make important recommendations on specific issues to the College Assembly.


The Mission and Purpose of the College Assembly


 The mission of the College Assembly shall be to:


  1. Represent and promote a broad range of perspectives, input, and influence on governance issues;

  2. Facilitate timely, factual, and systematic two-way communication and information dissemination between constituents and the President relative to decisions related to policy and matters important to the development of the college; and

  3. Support a transparent and inclusive decision-making process with clear accountability for the recommendations made and decisions produced.


 The purpose of the College Assembly shall be to: 


  1. Oversee, manage, and review the shared governance process;

  2. Assist in ensuring that college-wide policy-making and policy implementation is consistent with the mission, vision, values, and strategic directions of the college;

  3. Serve as a forum where issues of college-wide importance can be sent for review, examination, formulation, discussion and resolution in a collegial fashion;

  4. Serve as the Shared Governance liaison to the President;

  5. Communicate deliberations and recommendations to the President and the college community;

  6. Make recommendations for revisions of the strategic directions of the college;

  7. Make final recommendations regarding the college budget plan;

  8. Solicit issues to review and make appropriate referrals to councils;

  9. Prioritize issues to review;

  10. Establish effective and ongoing communication and collaboration between and among shared governance councils;

  11. Review recommendations on new policies or changes to policies from the councils;

  12. Forward recommendations concerning policies to the President;

  13. Conduct campus forums at least once per semester to air and discuss issues that are important to the college community and determine the suitability of addressing them through the shared governance process; and 

  14. Review recommendations for the creation of new councils to determine their role and effect within the Shared Governance system.

College Councils

Academic Council

The Academic Council will help to develop, review, set direction, and offer guidance on fair and innovative policies in areas related to academic excellence. Areas of focus might include, but are not limited to, quality of instruction, innovative teaching and learning practices, academic support, infrastructure development or improvement, academic planning and portfolio management, curriculum, academic integrity, assessment of student learning, and instructional planning for faculty relating to teaching, service and professional development.



Diversity and Community Relations Council

Professional Development Advisory Council

Members make recommendations regarding college policies needed to create a more equitable, inclusive and diverse environment for students, faculty, staff, administration across the college to meet the needs of our diverse communities.



Madison College is especially committed to promoting positive and productive relationships amongst employees along with professional development and education for our employees. The PD council, and its affiliated subcommittees, consult, advise, provide interests, and address proposed policies, when appropriate, that attract, nurture, support, and celebrate employees including, but not limited to: Input in best practices around hiring methodology and onboarding, Professional and talent development (succession planning and performance appraisals), Total rewards (wellness and benefits), Other miscellaneous employee pathway components



Facilities Planning and Investment Council

The Facilities Planning and Investment Council reviews and recommends policies related to the College’s facilities and facility usage in alignment with the strategic and academic plans of Madison College, keeping student success as the primary goal. The policies addressed by the council guide fiscally responsible planning to ensure the college facilities are safe, accessible, and sustainable environments for our diverse students, employees, and community stakeholders.The scope of work for FPIC includes, but is not necessarily limited to: Development and review of the College’s Facilities Master Plan, Development and review of policies related to sustainability, Transportation, Emergency Preparedness, Facility usage, maintenance, and improvement, Communication with all College constituents, Communication with related committees and other Shared Governance bodies, Assessment and evaluation of facilities-related policies and plans development in accordance with those policies.


Finance Council

The FC may: Develop and recommend college-wide budget and financial planning policies that are informed in part by financial performance metrics, Provide recommendations and input on college policies to improve their cost effectiveness, Communicate interests from college community to Assembly; communicate interests/decisions from Assembly/Cabinet/President to constituencies, Reach consensus using Interest Based Problem Solving (IBPS) principles, Support financial and budget literacy initiatives for the Assembly and College community, Work with other councils to create cross-functional work teams, Assign issues to ad-hoc work teams as it deems appropriate, Develop and foster - through budget, etc. - a system of open communication that aligns priorities among key constituencies and creates a culture of shared responsibility for the welfare of the institution.



Information Technolgy Council

The ITC will advise the College, via the Assembly - and specifically the College’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) - on IT policies and strategic directions and major decisions for the future of computing, telephony, video, other information technology and information (data) resources at Madison College, district-wide. The Council will consider “technology and information resources” in broad terms, including all applications, computer equipment, systems, data and digital assets and resources that assist the COllege in fulfilling its mission. The Council’s primary responsibilities are to: Assess and develop options and recommendations for assignments from the Assembly, Help develop, review and evaluate a College IT Strategic Plan, Assist the Academic Council to develop an Instructional Technology Plan, Collaborate with appropriate council and departments to develop College Technology Plans including Student Services, Human Resource, Facilities and Administration, Help develop and recommend policies related to managing, safeguarding and using technology and data at Madison College, in accordance with the vision, mission, core values, learning principles, service needs and strategic direction of the College, and ensure that the Madison College Community is kept informed about information technology issues and initiatives, and provide a channel to bring into the College’s planning and evaluation processes the concerns and suggestions of Madison College faculty, students, staff and management.


Institutional Effectiveness Council

Utilize college-wide feedback, gather ideas and data to develop, review, set direction and/or offer guidance on sustainable, fair and innovative policies related to improving the institutional effectiveness of the College. Provide recommendations for the ongoing work of monitoring and adapting strategic planning and related policies. Serve as a consulting/advising body for related Issues. Areas of focus for the new Institutional Effectiveness Council may include: Accreditation, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), Institutional Assessment, Monitor KPIs, Performance Measure, Planning (Strategic and Unit Planning), Process Improvement, Organizational Culture, and Quality Improvement.



Student Affairs Council

Provide policy recommendations, strategic direction, and guidance for Madison College student initiatives, student services, and oter support systems that will enhance the Madison College student experience. Areas of focus may include: Student Affairs, Student-led initiatives, Advising, Tutoring, Financial aid, Student clubs, Student health services, Testing services, Peer networks, Veterans’ affairs, Enrolment management, Retention and persistence, Placement and aptitude testing, Transfer and employment assistance.


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  • Represent the interests of all students

  • Promote student/faculty understanding

  • Participate in community affairs that concern, involve, or affect the Madison College student body

  • Ensure all students have a voice in the governance of Madison College

  • Listen to and voice the needs, wants, and concerns of all students at Madison College

  • Above all, encourage students to become involved in the educational activities and social community of Madison College

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