The SAAESD Strategic Plan forms the consensus agreement against which individual directors and others may propose new or continuing activities. These proposals are reviewed by groups of department heads that form Advisory Committees to the Association and by the Executive Committee.
The Executive Committee is central to the overall procedures used by the Association for forward thinking, identification of issues and problems and for communicating within the region and nationally on the research agenda for the SAESs. The Executive Committee evaluates proposals for new and modified activities and make recommendations to the Association regarding their disposition.
Recommendations for new or modified activities may be proposed for action during any meeting of the Association, but traditionally actions are presented at the Association’s spring meeting. Requests receiving approval by the Association are then implemented by members of the Association. The Association, by consensus of its members, can agree and make mutual commitments of resources to implement the actions approved by the Association. The Association may adopt one of several traditional mechanisms to implement its plans, or it may create special activities as agreed to by its members.
Members of the Association also may engage in joint activities with the Association of Southern Region Extension Directors (ASRED). These activities are designated as Southern Extension and Research Activities (SERAs). In addition, members of the Association may collaborate with states of other regions on regional or interregional research, through either the traditional multistate project structure or more informally on an ad-hoc basis.
The standard activities for the Association include: