What is the Employee Advisory Council?
Established by the Board of Regents in 2000, the Employee Advisory Council (EAC) was created to provide a forum for communicating ideas and information between employees, the Board of Regents, and the Executive Officers of UT System. Delegates from each institution and System Administration meet quarterly to discuss employee concerns and to be briefed on new System initiatives. The EAC presents information and recommendations regarding issues of importance to UT System employees at a Board of Regents meeting each year. The Executive Committee, made up of the chair, vice chair, secretary, and historian, also serves as an information resource and sounding board for the Chancellor on issues of importance to UT System employees. The four ad hoc committee are: Communication (One System, One Voice), Regents Outstanding Employee Award, Employee Satisfaction and Benefits, Compensation and Salaries. All UT System employees are invited to share any issues or concerns by submitting a completed Issue Proposal Form to the Chair of the Employee Advisory Council. Click here to find out who the Employee Advisory Council representative is from your institution.
Regents Approve Program to Honor Outstanding Employees
During the November meeting, the UT System Board of Regents approved an EAC recommendation to create a Regents’ Outstanding Employee Awards program. The EAC proposed the awards as a way to recognize non-teaching staff, who make up nearly 80 percent of all System employees. Employees will be recognized with a one-time gift of $5,000 for performance, customer and community service, contributions to the institution/system and teamwork.
The EAC is developing the detailed criteria and nomination process, with the goal of selecting the first award winners in 2018. A committee of EAC executive officers and representatives from UT System offices will review the institutions’ nominations and select the award recipients. Awards will be made on the strength of individual nominations, not proportionally by campus.
System-wide Campus Safety Assessment
The EAC recommended during the November meeting of the Board of Regents that a system-wide campus security assessment be conducted. The assessment would be similar to one conducted at UT Austin by the Texas Department of Public Safety last spring after the death of a student. Campus EAC representatives identified safety as a concern in part as a result of campus carry legislation. In response, the EAC requested in the November 2015 Board of Regents meeting that training and education be a focus as the UT System made preparations to comply with the campus carry legislation. That assessment resulted in improved campus lighting, building access and security, and evening transportation programs, which the EAC believes could benefit all UT System institutions.