A model of distributed participation is used to implement the functions of Senate. In other words, much of the procedural work of Academic Senate occurs outside the formal Academic Senate meetings via its Sub-Committees. However, Academic Senate has a diverse membership that brings unique talents and insights. The challenge is to recognise what matters can be handled at sub-committee level versus those issues that require further debate at the level of Academic Senate. Under the authority of the CSU By-Law, the Academic Senate may establish one or more committees to which it may assign all or any of its functions. The Committees currently approved under this Rule are:
The specified links provide access to the Membership and Terms of Reference of each Committee.
In addition, Working Parties are established on an ad hoc basis to examine more complex issues which cannot practically be explored within the formal Academic Senate meeting environment. Representation on these groups normally comprises both academic and administrative staff of the University, and recommendations can be very wide-ranging, with impacts across both the Faculties and Divisions of the University. In many ways these working parties pioneered the use of a type of project management methodology at CSU, and have been a way that Senate has been able to integrate both academic, administrative and management viewpoints with issues that cross all of those domains.