WHO WE ARE.
The State Student Advisory Council (SSAC) is comprised of students elected by each of the established student governments from across the Colorado Community College System (CCCS). SSAC is charged with advising the State Board of Community Colleges and Occupational Education on matters of interest and concern to all CCCS students.
INITIATIVES & COMMITTEES
We will impact students by building relationships and bridges in order to identify and eliminate barriers, and ensure pathways to student success. We will accomplish this by improving communications and acting as a liaison between the students, CCCS, and legislators. Furthermore, we commit to a continued collaborative effort of service and excellence for the benefit of all students.
OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
Open educational resources are freely accessible, openly licensed text, media, and other digital assets that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing as well as for research purposes. The State Student Advisory Council is partnering with the Colorado Department of Higher Education to explore more ways to bring awareness about OER and increase the amount of OER courses system wide. Currently Community Colleges are at the forefront of OER saving students hundreds of thousands in textbook cost.
ETHNIC STUDY PROGRAMS
With this initiative, our goal is increase the amount of Ethnic Studies System Wide. Ethnic Studies empowers our students with their history while giving them the ability to connect and see themselves in other minority history. Ethnic Studies increase intercultural competence, self advocacy and help students excel in the classroom. The purpose of this committee is to explore the current offerings of Ethnic Studies course work, identify deficits and suggest resolutions
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
The purpose of this committee is to research the availability of mental health resources system wide and find ways to implement more initiatives at each campus to better serve students. The State Student Advisory Council looks forward to increasing mental health resources at all colleges in the system particularly the rural ones.
STUDENT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
Each year, a Fall Student Leadership Conference is planned by CCCS, the State Student Advisory Council, and Student Life staff from across the System. The conference brings over 100 of our Colorado community college students together to engage in skill-building activities, leadership development exercises, and peer networking opportunities.
This year’s conference theme is: “Everyday Hero – Discovering Your Superpower.” Our goal is to cover the following student learning outcomes throughout the duration of the conference experience: Advocacy & Activism, Critical Thinking, Cultural Competency, Effective Communication, Professionalism, and Realistic Self-Appraisal.
#NOTHING ABOUT US WITHOUT US CAMPAIGN
Elevating the Student Voice.
A $1 Per Student, Per Semester fee.
Below is more information about what the fee will do:
ELEVATE THE STUDENT VOICE & EMPOWER STUDENTS
We are equipping the student body with a strong, unified voice across the State of Colorado.
CREATE MORE DIVERSE, EQUITABLE AND INCLUSIVE CAMPUSES WITH A GRANT WRITER.
The Grant Money will be used for but not limited to:
Fund Affinity Organizations
Large Scale Student Organization Events that benefit all students.
STATE STUDENT ADVOCACY COORDINATOR
This will be a dedicated professional who would:
Provide Advocacy Training to All Students
Facilitate Advocacy workshops and recruitments.
Elevate the Efforts of the Council, Marketing, and Outreach.
Increasing the visibility and range of Student Voice.
Conduct thorough research to aid initiatives for the benefits of students.
This Campaign will establish a yearly official review of the state of SSAC and the impacts it has had on the student body. This Campaign will also establish a 10-year evaluation of SSAC by the Colorado Community College System President's Council & State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education.