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Leading Successful Organizations

Leading and managing a student organization can be tough. The needs can change from year to year, and new and unexpected challenges can arise. Below are resources for student organization leaders to help them ensure the success and sustainability of a student organization.  Student organization leaders can request a virtual consultation with a Student Activities staff member regarding their organization by emailing

Co-Sponsoring Events. With over 1200 student organizations on the UT Austin campus, its likely that several organizations have similar ideas. Things can get bigger and better when more organizations and resources come together. Download the Student Organization Event Co-Sponsorship (pdf) checklist for best practices and policies for co-sponsoring events on the Forty Acres.

Constitutions. Constitutions contain important framework for student organizations that help guide members in conducting organization business. Review the Constitution Guidelines for Student Organizations (pdf) worksheet for UT requirements and assistance in writing your organization's constitution. Utilize the Constitution Template (docx) to create your own constitution per the guidelines.

Financial Education.  Do you have a budget for your organization? Our Financial Education module provides insight and best practices on creating a budget, setting up a bank account, raising funds on-campus and securing on-campus funds for programs.

Goal Setting. Goals are plans for the future and help guide the direction of your group. Download the Goal Setting (pdf) guide for best practices on setting and achieving goals for your organization.

Officer Transition. Is your organization transitioning leadership? Do you have everything in order for a smooth transition? Review the Officer Transition Module for best practices and planning.

Program and Event Planning. Hosting an event on the Forty Acres requires planning and forethought to ensure event success. Download the Event Planning Checklist (pdf) and the Student Organization Event Planning Guide to jumpstart your planning process and ensure event success.

Recruitment and Retention of Members.  New members bring new ideas and are necessary to, ensure the success and sustainability of the organization. Download the Recruitment and Retention of Members (pdf) guide for tips and best practices for your organization.

Running an Effective Meeting. Ineffective meetings can be costly to the organization. Download the Running an Effective Meeting (pdf) guide for tips on improving your organization's meetings!

Student Organization Elections. The election of officers can be a difficult process for organizations. It's important to have a written procedure to guide the election process and ensure that it's an efficient process for all members. Download the Student Organization Elections (pdf) guide for best practices and strategies for a successful elections process. See our HornsLink Election Guide (pdf) to learn how to set up an election in HornsLink.

Utilizing a Student Organization Advisor. Does your organization have a UT faculty or staff advisor? Whether your organization currently has an advisor or is exploring the possibility, we encourage you to download the Working with a Student Organization Advisor (pdf) guide for strategies and best practices for working with an advisor.

Student Organization Advisor Education. Are you a new or returning advisor for a UT student organization?  Review the Student Organization Advisor Education module for best practices, resources and policies.

Student organization leaders are also encouraged to attend Student Activities open workshops and visit the Leadership and Ethics Institute for additional leadership development opportunities for members.

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