Student Advisory Committee

Student Advisory Committee (SAC) Advisory Group



The Utah State Board of Education Student Advisory Council (SAC) advises the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) on issues relevant to high school students throughout the state.

Board Policy 5008: Student Advisory Council (SAC)

In order to gain valuable feedback from Utah students and to engage student leaders in learning by doing, the Utah State Board of Education has created the Student Advisory Council. This group will meet with the board and USBE staff, both in person and virtually, to discuss how decisions made at the state level are affecting students throughout Utah and provide feedback – from a student perspective – on critical issues impacting Utah students and schools.

The SAC is a school year-long program for Utah school students in grades 11-12. The SAC will play a vital role in providing input regarding issues that face education in Utah and work with the board and USBE staff to develop ideas that will work to improve and transform education.

The SAC seeks students with innovative ideas and thoughtful insight into how we can further improve our schools and student achievement. As such, we encourage students to apply who represent the diverse academic, geographic, demographic and school-size variables particular to our state.


One student member from each of the 15 State Board of Education districts (refer to Utah District Maps) will be chosen and serve a two year term (except seniors chosen for the inaugural 2018-2019 school year will only serve a one year term).

All student members are in grades 11-12 or at least 16 years old during the two years of service on the council.

Meeting Frequency

8-9 times per school year.

All meetings are held in person at the Utah State Board of Education building in Salt Lake City with reimbursement eligible for students in alignment with state policies. 

Application for 2023-2024 School Year

The application closed on May 19, 2023. Check back in April 2024 for additional opportunities. 

Contact USBE

For more information about the Student Advisory Council please contact:

Elisse Newey
Policy Advisor
Phone: (801) 538-7764 |  E-mail

Greg Connell
Policy Analyst
Phone: (801) 538-7957 |  E-mail

Vanessa Barnes
Executive Assistant
Phone: (801) 538-7550 |  E-mail