Membership & Certification
The responsibility of the EOA Membership and Certification Committee is to promote membership in the Association, to certify the Association membership lists of Chapters and to determine membership class and eligibility for purposes of participation in Association activities. The Membership and Certification Committee shall, for each General Assembly Meeting, certify the names of eligible voters, inform the Board of Directors, and monitor and tally votes when necessary. The Association and Chapter President-Elects shall serve on this committee. The EOA President-Elect shall serve as Chairperson of the Membership and Certification Committee.
Research & Evaluation
The responsibility of the EOA Research and Evaluation Committee shall include, but not be limited to, the research, evaluation, and planning related to the Association purposes and goals delineated in Article 2 of this Constitution and Bylaws. This committee shall propose or present relevant evaluation models, and initiate research focused on the development of Association wide data regarding students, TRIO/Educational Opportunity Programs, and related matters. The Research and Evaluation Committee will also perform such evaluations as are necessary and appropriate in concert with Association conferences, workshops, and related matters, such as those developed by the Professional Development and Annual Conference Committees. Otherwise, the Research and Evaluation Committee will address the priorities established by the Board of Directors.
Special Concerns & Affiliations
The responsibility of the EOA Special Concerns and Affiliations Committee is to ensure the input and affiliation of the Association with other organizations, which have purposes supportive of or in harmony with Association concerns and objectives. The Special Concerns and Affiliations Committee shall be chaired by a member of the Board of Directors and shall include at minimum the Immediate Past President and a representative from each Chapter.
Legislation & Education
The responsibility of the EOA Legislation and Education Committee is to monitor federal, state, and local legislation, policies, and rules and regulations for secondary postsecondary and graduate education as they pertain to TRIO/EOP and related programs and services. This committee will initiate relevant research and developing appropriate position statements. This committee will disseminate to the Association current information related to the U.S. Department of Education and education issues that affect TRIO/EOP programs. As appropriate, the Legislation and Education Committee shall conduct training workshops and seminars on matters such as legislative activity and advocacy, coordinated with the Association Professional Development Committee. The committee shall be comprised of at least one representative from each of the Association Chapters.
The Scholarship Committee is to serve in the role of developing and implementing the scholarship selection process for all awards provided through EOA and the EOA Foundation. The EOA Scholarship Committee shall collaborate with the Foundation Scholarship Committee in the process of determining scholarship amounts, eligibility criteria, awarding scholarship awards and renewals, and determining the rotation of scholarship awards throughout the Chapters. The Committee shall consist of at least one representative from each of the Association Chapters.
Public Relations & Communication
The responsibility of the EOA Public Relations and Communications Committee is to encourage publication related to and supportive of Association philosophy and goals. The committee shall announce and promote Association events, collaborate with the Technology Committee to market the Association’s message through various forms of media; publicize participation in student opportunities; and assist with marketing Association institutes and conferences.
The responsibility of the EOA Professional Development Committee is to address matters pertaining to professional ethics and standards, and to provide professional development, training, and advancement activities and opportunities which contribute to the competency, status, and image of Association members. The Professional Development Committee is expected to work closely with other committees that have as a purpose the provision of training and development activities for the membership. The Committee shall consist of at least one representative from each of the Association Chapters and the Chair of the Association’s Annual conference committee.
Nominations & Elections
The responsibility of the EOA Nominations and Elections Committee is to develop and implement a process for the selection of candidates for officers of the Association in accordance with the guidelines set down in this Constitution and Bylaws. The committee shall conduct the election of the Association officers as stipulated in this Constitution and Bylaws. The committee shall consist of three members nominated from among the Active Professional Members by the President and confirmed by the Board of Directors. No member of the Nominations and Elections Committee may become a candidate for any office while a member of this committee.
The responsibility of the of the EOA Technology Committee is to provide technology support, management, and maintenance for the Association, to maintain the EOA online systems and website with incorporated emerging technologies, and to ensure the dissemination and availability of EOA publications/updates, pertinent documents, event information and membership information.
The responsibility of the Finance Committee is to develop the annual budget for the Association and to submit the proposed budget to the Board of Directors for approval prior to the first meeting of the Board of Directors. The Finance Committee shall also be responsible for oversight of the Fiscal Policies and Procedures and for monitoring all fiscal matters pertinent to the Association's activities. The President (as ex officio), Treasurer, the President Elect and three additional members shall comprise this committee.
Annual Professional Conference
The responsibility of the EOA Annual Conference Committee is to coordinate all aspects of planning, implementing and evaluating for the EOA Annual Conference. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, program development, registration, budget, selection of speakers, sponsorship, exhibits, publicity, entertainment, lodging, transportation and other logistical arrangements. The Annual Conference Committee chair shall also be a member of the Professional Development Committee. The President-Elect shall be a member of the Annual Conference Committee.
Association Planning & Development
The responsibility of the EOA Association Planning and Development Committee is to serve as a resource to the Board of Directors and the Association committees and Chapters. It is charged with the responsibility of assisting in planning the long range development of the Association Strategic Plan, reviewing and updating the Policy and Procedures Manual, and other planning which addresses the purposes and objectives of the Association. Among the committee members shall be one representative from each Association Chapter. Each year the Immediate Past-President will serve as a member of this committee.
National Best Practices Center
The EOA National Best Practices Center provides information on promising and best practices to improve success of low-income, first-generation, and historically-underrepresented students. It hopes to identify, validate, and disseminate information on practical activities and approaches to improve the success of students who too often have been overlooked in the national dialogue on education improvement. It is co-sponsored by EOA and the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota.
Legal Concerns & Constitutional Issues
The responsibility of the Legal Concerns and Constitutional Issues Committee is to advise the Board of Directors regarding resolutions brought by Association members, interpreting constitutional issues and concerns, maintaining and recommending revisions of the Constitution and Bylaws and other Association documents, and performing other related duties as assigned by the Board of Directors. A member of the Board of Directors shall serve on this committee and the Association Parliamentarian will be a committee member.
Student Leadership Conferences
Men of Excellence
The responsibility of the Student Leadership Conference Committees is to coordinate all aspects of planning, implementing and evaluating for Student Leadership Conferences. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, program development, registration, budget, selection of speakers, publicity, entertainment, transportation and all logistical arrangements. A member of the Board of Directors shall serve on each of these committees.
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