The history of the Administrative Professional Council

It all began in 1957, when Administrative Professionals (APs) obtained representation on two “general faculty” committees, the Faculty Improvement Committee and the Faculty Benefits Committee. 

“General faculty” was a term that had originated back in 1943 to encompass both academic faculty and administrative professionals. By 1991, Faculty Council moved to abolish this term and recommended the creation of the AP Council. However, the term would take another five years before it was approved. 

By 1993, the APC Constitution was drafted and approved by the State Board of Agriculture (now known as the Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System) and APC elected its first chair. 

APC has now been serving as a voice for APs for more than 25 years. During this time, membership has grown substantially, and many initiatives have been developed and implemented. 

Recent APC initiatives include

• Advocating for mandatory supervisory training

• Advocating for the creation of an AP evaluation system

• Participating in the University Living Wage Committee resulting in an increase in the base salary offered for full-time staff at CSU. 

• Advocating for salary increases to help balance cost of living increases in our community

In many cases this work is done through Shared Governance, a collaboration with Faculty Council and Classified Personnel Council. This work has encompassed everything from promoting employee interests in parking changes to coordinating the Employee Voice Survey, to better support the needs of CSU employees. 

Beyond work within the APC, many representatives also serve on University Committees like the Affordable Housing Taskforce and participating in the establishment and revision of the CSU Bullying Policy. Members have also proudly volunteered for the CSU Mobile Food Pantry, hosted the annual APC Award and Recognition Event, and assisted with the annual CSU Employee Appreciation Event. 

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