Big Six Committees

The Big Six are the most important committees that the Student Committee on Committees appointed to. These committees require a higher time commitment and much more extensive research and knowledge compared to the other committees. Some of them also have a much higher learning curve and a longer term. Because of this, the big six committees are reviewed with more scrutiny than the other committee. If you wish to sit on one of these committees please:

  • Review the sample applications
  • Research what the committee does
  • Look up their meeting time and make sure you can make it
  • Be willing to interview if necessary
  • If appointed be willing to put in a lot of time and give good report backs  


Committee on Admissions and Financial Aid

considers admissions-related matters such as eligibility requirements, financial aid, relations with schools, and sets campus admissions policy. CAFA considers the weighting of academic and non-academic criteria for the admissions process and appeals to eligibility, admissions, and financial aid decisions. The committee interfaces with multiple campus administrative units which implement and manage admissions related policies on an ongoing basis throughout the year. CAFA meets every other Wednesday, 9-11 AM. More information can be found here.


Committee on Affirmative Action and Diversity (CAAD)

Confers with the Chancellor and other committees on general policies bearing on affirmative action and diversity for academic personnel and academic programs. Meets every other Monday at noon. More information can be found here.


Committee on Educational Policy (CEP)

Initiates policy changes, studies, and program reviews for undergraduate education.  The committee also participates in reviews for changes to academic departments and programs, new program proposals, course approvals, catalog materials, undergraduate student petitions, and requests to appoint graduate and undergraduate student instructors. CEP meets Wednesdays at 11am. More information.


Committee on Planning and Budget (CPB)

The Committee confers with the Chancellor of the University of California, Santa Cruz, concerning the budget and budget policy for the Santa Cruz campus. It makes recommendations to the Chancellor of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and acts for the Santa Cruz Division on all matters concerning planning, including the organization of, and relations among divisions, schools, colleges, departments, and programs of study, Organized Research Units, and the University Library. More information.


Student Fee Advisory Committee (SFAC)

The Student Fee Advisory Committee (SFAC) is an important, influential advisory group that focuses on budget allocations and use of student fees that support various campus services and programs. SFAC serves as the primary avenue for channeling student input into decisions about the allocations of fees, including the Student Services Fee, Student Programs Fee, campus-based fees (referenda), certain Miscellaneous Fees, and the Seismic and Life Safety Fee.

SFAC functions as an advisory committee to the Vice Provost for Student Success (VPSS) and makes direct funding recommendations as well as assessments of units and programs. Each academic year, the VPSS charges SFAC with specific activities and analysis, and overall the purpose and objectives of the committee include the following:

  • To assist the VPSS in regular efforts to ascertain attitudes of the student body on matters pertaining to student fees;
  • To provide a continuing study of programs supported by the Student Services Fee, Student Programs Fee, and/or selected programs supported by Miscellaneous Fees, and to recommend funding priorities to the VPSS; and
  • To advise the VPSS on other questions, which he/she may pose regarding campus-based student services and programs and campus-based student academic support.

More information can be found here


Metro Board of Directors

The Metro Board of Directors is comprised of representatives from Santa Cruz County and the cities of Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Capitola, and Watsonville, plus two non-voting representatives from UCSC and Cabrillo College. While this is a non-voting position, it is an incredible opportunity for students to sit on the body that governs Metro bus service, directly voice opinions and concerns about Metro buses, and be part of important decision-making opportunities that shape the future of public transportation within Santa Cruz County.

This is a paid position that lasts for the full calendar year  (January - December), spanning three consecutive academic quarters over two academic years. To be considered, applicants must plan to be enrolled at UCSC for this entire period. There will also be training opportunities during the Fall 2018.


If you have any questions about any of the Big Six Committees contact your college representative or email