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APSAC FAQ

What does APSAC do for me?

APSAC representatives serve as advocates and liaisons between Purdue’s administrative and professional staff members and the senior administration by building relationships with constituents and senior administrators, as well as providing and supporting professional development opportunities.

How do I become an APSAC representative?

APSAC vacancies are filled each spring. Contact your APSAC representative for more information about the application process, or read additional details here.

What is the time commitment for an APSAC representative?

APSAC terms run for a minimum of three years, with the possibility of a 1-year extension for emeritus status. In addition to attending monthly 2-hour meetings, APSAC representatives should be available and accessible whenever his or her peers have a problem or concern. Members also carry out additional duties resulting from APSAC subcommittee meetings, University committees and/or ad hoc meetings.

How much can representatives do or be involved in?

In addition to the full committee, all representatives serve on at least one of four subcommittees: Communications; Compensation & Benefits; Membership & Staff Relations: and Professional Development. APSAC representatives also have the opportunity to represent A/P staff on various University committees.

Can I attend an APSAC meeting?

Guests are welcome to observe regular meetings, provided they contact their APSAC representative at least two days in advance of the meeting.

What happens during a typical APSAC meeting?

APSAC members discuss topics including Purdue policy and ways to help make Purdue better. Each month we hear a report from the University Officer and the Human Resource Services Officer, as well as reports from each of the APSAC subcommittees (Membership & Staff Relations, Compensation & Benefits, and Professional Development). We also discuss any current hot topics that may be affecting A/P staff. We often have a guest speaker who gives a 30-minute presentation. Past presentations have been about the Healthy Purdue Initiatives, the Reduction in Workforce policy, and a Q&A with the Provost.

What has APSAC been doing lately?

Recent APSAC activities include:

  • Providing recommendations on the proposed Parental Leave Policy, many of which were approved and included.
  • Voicing strong support for the continuation of the Healthy Purdue Program and moving forward with Strategic Plan recommendations to pursue greater medical and retirement plan choices and flexibility options.
  • Holding the first joint full-membership meeting of APSAC and CSSAC and formed a Joint Leadership Committee to prioritize and strategize initiatives common to both groups.
  • Sponsoring the Hadley Lecture Series speaker, in conjunction with the Self-Improvement Fair. Ken Johnson, chaplain of the Indianapolis Colts spoke on “Be Your Own Best Champion”.
  • Reviving interest in the CIC Association of Professional Staff Councils by hosting the first teleconference meeting of Big Ten A/P representatives in more than two years.
  • Gaining administrative support for an annual Staff Memorial Service and the establishment of a permanent Staff Memorial site on campus. President Mitch Daniels attended and gave remarks at the 2013 Memorial Service.
  • Awarding 53 grants of up to $750 to help A/P staff members cover the cost of professional development activities.
  • Lobbying for and, in April 2009, receiving official University Senate approval for an additional non-voting advisory seat, so that representation on the Senate would not have to rotate each year between APSAC & CSSAC.

What is APSAC’s role in relation to Purdue’s regional campuses?

APSAC collaborates with the regional campuses to identify and pursue common objectives. The regional campuses (Purdue North Central, Indiana/Purdue Fort Wayne, and Purdue Calumet) all have at least one APSAC representative who attends monthly meetings. Regional representatives have the same roles and responsibilities as West Lafayette representatives, including time commitment and voting rights. One meeting per year is hosted by one of the regional campuses on a rotating basis.