Computer Science Associates' Charter

Advisory Council for the Computer Science and Engineering 
Department of the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering

In order to fulfill its mission effectively, it is important that the Computer Science and Engineering Department maintain a strong relationship with the community it serves. The Computer Science Associates has accordingly been established, with membership drawn from business, industry and other technically-oriented segments of the community.

The Associates' functions are to:

  • Examine issues relative to the programs of the Computer Science and Engineering Department.
  • Advise, assist and support the Department Head in identifying the needs of Minnesota business and industry, professionals, citizens of the region, and society as a whole relative to the programs of the Computer Science and Engineering Department.
  • Evaluate and constructively criticize programs and plans of the Computer Science and Engineering Department.
  • Support such programs and plans, once agreed upon, in relation with the College of Science and Engineering administration, other university departments, and the business and industrial community.
  • Promote better public understanding of the Computer Science and Engineering Department and its programs.
  • Support programs in the department in other ways that may be defined within the Council.

The Computer Science Associates performs these functions either on its own initiative or on request of the Department Head of Computer Science and Engineering or the Dean of the College of Science and Engineering.

Membership

The Associates members are drawn from businesses and industrial companies with employees using computer science skills as well as companies with a sincere interest in the computer science field. The number of members is not fixed. Nominations for membership shall be solicited from business and industry, from members, and from the department faculty. Members are encouraged to attend at least half of the [regularly and special] scheduled events and meetings set by the Associates.

The Associates will nominate and elect one of its members to be Chair and one to be Vice-Chair. This will be done at the end of each academic year. The Chair and Vice-Chair shall be eligible for renomination. The Chair is expected to attend at least one-half of the meetings of the Associates and to lead the Associates meetings. If the Chair cannot attend, the Vice Chair will run the meeting. Should both members be unavailable the Chair shall find an alternate to attend and conduct the meeting. The Chair will develop a Associates meeting agenda with the CS&E Department Head and distribute it prior to the meeting. The Chair will insure that summaries of meetings are documented and distributed to the membership with action items identified. The Chair will develop a yearly meeting plan with the CS&E Department Head and membership with established goals and directions prior to the start of the academic year.

Meetings

The Associates shall meet as frequently as necessary to carry out the purpose and functions of the group. There shall be three (3) or more regular meetings of the group during each year.

Revised and Approved 11/89
Updated 2/94, 11/98, 02/99