The mission of NAU's Classified Staff Advisory Council (CSAC) is to advise and make recommendations to university administrators on existing and proposed policies, procedures, and programs which impact or are of particular interest to classified staff. CSAC will serve as a communication medium for all classified staff, acting as staff liaison with other university constituencies in an effort to foster effective dialogue university-wide. CSAC will provide a forum for discussing and defining the role of classified staff in the university community, representing and advocating their concerns throughout the university community. CSAC will serve as a resource for inquiries and requests and will work to protect and promote the general welfare of classified staff within the parameters of the university’s mission.
- Advise university administration on a variety of programs, policies, procedures and issues.
- Foster effective communication with university administrators and other university constituencies.
- Enhance communication among all NAU classified staff and with classified staff at ASU and UA.
- Participate in the state legislative process.
- Keep concerns regarding salary and benefits before university administration, Arizona Board of Regents, Arizona legislators, and the Governor.
- Monitor benefits and retirement issues and their impact on classified staff.
- Closely monitor university reorganization plans and the University Strategic Plan and their impact on classified staff.
- Promote the participation of classified staff in university decision-making by nominating staff members to serve on university committees and task forces.
- Evaluate and recommend modifications to existing and proposed university policies and procedures affecting classified staff.
- Ensure CSAC’s continued positive effectiveness.
- We believe CSAC is obligated to communicate with all classified staff, to seek understanding of what staff members value, and to communicate those values throughout the university community.
- We believe CSAC is obligated to serve as an advocate and liaison for identified staff issues with administration and other constituencies in the university community.
- We believe CSAC represents the voice of the university community. It is our responsibility to be proactive.
In 1989, Human Resources proposed to the President's Council that NAU form an advisory council to involve classified staff in university issues. A group was selected to assess the idea and make a recommendation. As a result, a proposed charter was approved. After two years of planning and review, NAU's Classified Staff Advisory Council (CSAC) was officially recognized on November 14, 1991.
Over the years, CSAC has assisted in establishing various projects on behalf of classified staff including:
- Employee Peer Recognition Awards
- Annual Employee Appreciation Mixer
- 16-hour Professional Development Training
- Winter holiday campus closure
- Self-Evaluations for Annual Performance Appraisals
- Tri-University Classified Staff Executive Board
- Outstanding Supervisor Awards
- Classified staff representation on numerous NAU Committees and advisory groups
- Community service and community events