Academic Committees

University Committee on Academic Policy
University Promotion Committee
Faculty Council
Council of Deans
Academic Council

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Below are descriptions of each committee group:

University Committee on Academic Policy
Members of the University of the Arts Community can enter the UArts Portal for more information. The University Committee on Academic Policy (UCAP) examines educational goals and policies and reviews curriculum development and teaching for the University, and serves in an advisory role to the provost. The committee's areas of oversight include but are not limited to the following: admissions standards, academic review, curriculum development, student advising, teaching methodologies, credits and hours, departmental and university-wide requirements, scholarships, student honors and awards, and honorary degrees.
 
Please see page 6, section 1.8.1.1 of the Governace Manual of the Faculty Handbook for more details.

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University Promotion Committee
Members of the University of the Arts Community can enter the UArts Portal for more information. The University Promotion Committee (UPC) is the elected faculty body of the University of the Arts that reviews and evaluates the merits of the applications of all full-time faculty and makes its recommendations to the provost and the president of the University.
 
The UPC is composed of seven members, two members from each of the colleges and Division of Liberal Arts, who elect representatives from a slate of their respective full-time faculties. The remaining member is selected on a rotational basis from the college or division. Any full-time faculty member who is either tenured or was appointed on a multi-year basis for three or more years is eligible for membership on the UPC.

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Faculty Council
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A constituency-based group, the Faculty Council addresses in an advisory capacity issues of faculty welfare for the full- and part-time faculty, including such matters as policies related to salaries, benefits, and sabbaticals, faculty development, and general personnel policies and inter-University communication, as they affect the faculty. The Faculty Council establishes its own organizational structure and selects its own leadership. The Faculty Council establishes its own meeting schedules and agendas, with the proviso that the Council will, each semester, hold at least one meeting open to all University faculty.
 
Please see page 8, section 1.8.1.4 of the Governace Manual of the Faculty Handbook for more details.

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Council of Deans
The provost, the deans and the associate provosts comprise the Council of Deans (COD) and meet bi-weekly. These  meetings  provide  regular  opportunities  for  senior  academic  leaders  to  interact,  to  forge collaborative  relationships,  and  to  examine  planning  and  policy  issues.  Agendas  for  COD  meetings  are defined  by  the  provost  with  input  from  the  council  membership.

Periodically, the provost invites other senior administrators to join COD meetings to discuss policy and other issues on which their input will be productive. The registrar, the dean of students, and the vice president for Enrollment, Retention & Student Affairs, Enrollment Management are especially important interlocutors on matters of academic policy, academic standards, or student welfare.

Please see Governance Manual Sec. 1.7.5.3.

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Academic Council
The Academic Council—consisting of the deans, the School directors, the program directors, the director of University Libraries, the registrar and the associate provosts—is convened regularly by the provost to disseminate information and facilitate discussion among the University’s full academic leadership.

Please see Governance Manual Sec. 1.7.5.4.

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