ACL Committee Structure and Functions


The ACL Board shall establish an Executive Committee, Standing Committees, plus Task Forces and Other Committees as needed.

Executive Committee

The ACL Board shall establish an Executive Committee to support and advance the vision and mission of the ACL.

The membership of the Executive Committee shall consist of the Board President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, two (2) at large Board members, and Executive Director serving as ex officio.

Function: The Executive Committee shall have the authority to act on behalf of the Board to provide direction to the Executive Director. It will serve as the operations oversight committee and will receive regular reports from the Standing Committee chairs. The committee will meet four (4) times per year, either in person or by conference call.

Standing committees

The ACL shall have five (5) standing committees that will be responsible for supporting and advancing both the strategic and tactical functions of the ACL. Standing Committees shall base their activities on the ACL Vision, Mission, and Strategic Directions document as adopted by the Board on October 11, 2011.

The membership of Standing Committees will be open to all ACL members. Standing Committee Chairs and Members will be appointed by the Executive Committee and the Chair of each Committee will serve a two-year term with the option of being re-appointed. Standing Committees may form subcommittees to manage the tactical responsibilities of the Committees.

Professional Development Committee

Function: The Professional Development Committee will provide oversight and strategic direction for the ACL Annual Conference, the ACL Institute, webinars and other approved professional development activities. The Committee shall identify and coordinate program topics, presenters, and locations.


  1. Annual Conference
  2. Institute

Marketing Committee

Function: The Marketing Committee will market ACL, its programs and services to the membership and prospective members. The Marketing Committee will advance the marketing of ACL’s specialized knowledge to both current and prospective members. The Committee will be responsible for market identification, identifying ACL’s potential audiences or customers (including but not limited to centers, other consortia, higher education organizations and associations) and determining how to best reach them. The Committee will also manage and review all ACL branding efforts.

Membership Services Committee

Function: The Membership Services Committee will undertake activities related to collecting information from ACL members, providing services for ACL member organizations, and communicating to members and the wider consortial community. Typical responsibilities include ACL contract discounts, list serve, membership directory, professional consulting services, speakerís bureau, surveys (e.g., the salary survey), and website content.

  1. Nominating Committee

Knowledge Management and Research Committee

Function: The Knowledge Management and Research Committee will be responsible for identifying and archiving ACL’s body of knowledge for the use and benefit of the membership and the establishment of best practices in higher education collaboration. The Committee will develop an Intellectual Property Policy for the ACL, create and maintain a repository or ACL resources, and ensure that all materials created for the ACL (e.g., Institute curricula) are archived. The Committee will also manage the publication of specialized ACL knowledge and intellectual property, including ACL books, articles, and studies.

Finance and Fundraising Committee

Function: The Finance and Fundraising Committee will assess the financial needs of the ACL, review annual expenditures, and recommend the annual operating budget. The Committee will propose appropriate membership fees and registration fees for all hosted activities. In addition, the Committee will identify and apply for grants to underwrite ACL programs and operations.

Task forces and other committees

The ACL Board or Executive Committee may appoint Task Forces or other Committees as deemed necessary to advance the vision and mission of the ACL.