Studies show that 85% of jobs are found through networking. It is common knowledge that the more unique and full your resume is, the better chance you have of getting that dream job. There are a wide variety of Minnesota State committees, and chances are you can find one that aligns with your major or career field. For example, if you’re an IT major, why would you not apply for the Technology Council? Most committees meet 4-5 times a year in the twin cities. Travel reimbursement is available as well as video conferencing. Check out the different topics and meeting schedules below to find one that works for you! 

Apply to Serve on a Statewide Committee

Nomination Process

The application priority deadline is Friday, September 1, 2017. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on Friday, September 15, 2017. In accordance with LeadMN bylaws, appointments will be made by President Isaac Jahraus and ratified by our Governing Council. The announcement and ratification will take place on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at the Governing Council meeting.

Committee Types

There are two types of committees students can serve on, a Minnesota State Committee or an internal LeadMN committee. Both types of committee descriptions and meeting schedules are listed below. 


Contact LeadMN Policy Coordinator Kayley Schoonmaker at 651-203-9465 or with any questions. 


Minnesota State Committees

Technology Council

The Technology Council will advise and make recommendations to the Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs on educational technologies, including instructional related tools, online learning technologies and services, instructional media delivery, library technologies, and other instructional and student services technologies that have system wide application.

Meeting schedule: All meetings are 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, with a 9:30 AM informal meeting and a 12:00 - 1:00 PM working lunch at the system office in room 3304/3306. Wednesday, September 13, 2017; Wednesday, November 8, 2017; Wednesday, December 13, 2017; Wednesday, February 14, 2018; Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Student Affairs Council

The Student Affairs Council provides advice and consultation to the vice chancellor on emerging academic and student affairs issues as they are received from its related subcommittees and user groups.

Meeting Schedule: All meeting are from 1:00 - 3:00 PM at the system office in room 3304/3306. Thursday, September 28, 2017; Friday, November 17, 2017; Thursday, January 25, 2018; Thursday, March 29, 2018; Thursday, April 26, 2018

Policy Council

The Policy Council reviews Minnesota State policies and makes recommendations on any changes to policy. These recommendations go through an extensive consultation process before being brought to the Board of Trustees.

Meeting schedule: All meetings are at the system office from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, with a lunch at 12:30 PM. Thursday, September 21, 2017; Thursday, November 16, 2017; Thursday, January 18, 2018; Thursday, March 22, 2018; Thursday, April 19, 2018

Academic Affairs Council

The Academic Affairs Council will be the principal group responsible for advising the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs on academic initiatives and programs that are planned, piloted, adopted, and/or implemented for system wide benefit. Scope includes: Undergraduate and graduate teaching and learning, including: instructional development, professional development, accountability framework, student readiness and college transitions, career and technical education, career preparation and workforce development, program alignment and effectiveness, e-education, and inter-campus collaboration.

Meeting schedule: All meetings are at the system office room 3304/3306. Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM; Monday, October 16, 2017, 1:00 - 3:30 PM; Monday, November 20, 2017, 1:00 - 3:30 PM; Monday, January 29, 2018, 1:00 - 3:30 PM; Monday, March 19, 2018, 1:00 - 3:30 PM; Monday, April 30, 2018, 1:00 - 3:30 PM

Transfer Oversight Committee

The Transfer Oversight Committee’s purpose is to review course and credit and student transfer issues and information and to provide recommendations for enhancement of course and credit transfer to the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. This includes oversight of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum originally developed and amended by the faculty collaborative process and legislation. The committee’s oversight assures appropriate, high-quality education for students who transfer within the Minnesota State system.

Meeting schedule: TBD

Transfer Pathways Coordinating Team (TPCT)

The TPCT is charged to coordinate the development of transfer pathways for associate in arts, associate in science, and associate in fine arts and to plan for campus advisor training, communication plans, assessment, accountability measures, agreements, and long term sustainability of the processes developed.

Meeting schedule: Typically 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM on Fridays at North Hennepin Community College. First meetings tentatively scheduled for September 8 and September 29, and then every 3 weeks. 

Faculty Development Subcommittee

The Subcommittee is responsible for advising the Academic Affairs Council on issues relative to faculty professional development initiatives and programs system wide. The scope includes faculty professional development needs and interests related to teaching and learning, instructional development, scholarly and professional expertise, e-learning, student learning outcomes assessment, and inter-campus collaboration.

Meeting schedule: All meetings at the system office room 2226. Friday, September 15, 2017, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM; Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM; Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM; Friday, December 8, 2017, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Graduate Education Subcommittee

The Subcommittee is responsible for advising the Academic Affairs Council on issues relative to graduate education initiatives and programs system wide.

Meeting schedule: TBD

Global Education Committee

The Global Education Subcommittee is a group responsible for advising the Academic Affairs Council on issues relative to global education initiatives and programs system wide. Global education needs and interests related to teaching and learning, education abroad, globalized curricula, intercampus collaboration, international scholar exchange, world languages, international partnerships, globally connected classrooms, risk management, compliance, and reporting.

Meeting schedule: TBD (scheduled by the committee members)

Equity & Inclusion Student Taskforce

This taskforce is charged with brainstorming and advocating for reform at the statewide level to ensure an equitable experience for all students.

Meeting schedule: All meetings are from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM at various locations throughout the state. September 22, 2017; October 27, 2017; November 17, 2017; January 19, 2018; February 9, 2018; March 23, 2018; April 27, 2018

Assessment for Course Placement

The Assessment for Course Placement Committee (ACPC) is a standing committee, which exists to ensure the consistent and effective implementation of Board Policy 3.3 Assessment for Course Placement. It periodically reviews the policy and recommends needed changes or implementation strategies; reviews and makes recommendations for the designation of system-endorsed instruments; helps design and carry out a research-based process for establishing scores for course placement; advises on assessment-related research needs of the system; and helps plan and implement professional development activities.

Meeting schedule: TBD – This schedule is set by the committee members through a doodle poll. However, in the past the meetings have occurred on Fridays from 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM in October, December, February, and April. 

Developmental Education Workgroup

This workgroup will identify best practices for developmental education and address education needs of incoming students who require more basic developmental work, share best practices with other campuses focused on the best interests of lower level developmental students, and make recommendations for action.

Meeting schedule: September 6, 2017, 10:0 AM - 12:00 PM; November 1, 2017, 1:00 - 3:00 PM; February 6, 2018, 1:00 - 3:00 PM; April 4, 2018, 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Learning Environment Committee

Learning Environment Committee: (Description TBD)

Meeting schedule: September 5, 2017, 1:00 - 3:00 PM; October 31, 2017, 9:00 - 11:00 AM; December 5, 2017, 1:00 - 3:00 PM; February 6, 2018, 9:00 - 11:00 AM; April 3, 2018, 1:00 - 3:00 PM 

Learning Environment: Next Gen

The Learning Environment: Next Gen Committee will be investigating a possible move to D2L’s cloud services. Likely to meet for only 1-2 years.

Meeting schedule: TBD

Tuition and Fee Policy Review Advisory Group

The Tuition and Fee Policy Review Advisory Group will be tasked with reviewing the current policies around tuition and fees.

Meeting schedule: TBD

Internal LeadMN Committees

Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee seeks to serve the student body and greater campus community of all public two-year community and technical colleges in Minnesota through researching, educating, and connecting by providing information on issues of diversity, as it pertains to higher education to include but not be limited to: international, minority, underserved, underrepresented individuals or groups, and people with disabilities.

Meeting schedule: This committee meets at each student leadership conference, and outside of them as needed. See the conference schedule for more information.

Fiscal Committee

The Fiscal Committee reviews all financial documents and presents monthly profit and loss statements at regularly scheduled General Assemblies and Governing Council meetings. This committee can also help develop the budget.

Note – you must be a Governing Council Representative or Alternate to be eligible for this committee. Members will be determined by election at the September Governing Council meeting.

Meeting schedule: TBD

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee reviews LeadMN working documents and presents any recommended changes for the General Assembly to approve in spring. This committee also administers elections at the General Assembly, including verifying eligibility of candidates. Membership to this committee is determined by election. Interested candidates should submit election materials for the September Governing Council meeting.

Meeting schedule: TBD

Other Committees

Minnesota Office of Higher Education Student Advisory Council

The Minnesota Office of Higher Education Student Advisory Council is made up of stakeholders from every higher education system in Minnesota, including the private schools and the University of Minnesota. The council makes recommendations to the Commissioner of the Office of Higher Education, shares best practices, and identifies areas for collaboration among the various student groups.

Meeting schedule: TBD