Academic Committees


Academic Advisory Group
University Committee on Academic Policy
University Promotion and Tenure Committee
Faculty Council
 

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Below are descriptions of each committee group:
 
Academic Advisory Group
Academic policies that apply University wide are developed by the Office of the Provost in conjunction with the faculty, chairs, directors and deans. The change or creation of policies usually emerge from committee dialog or specific situations where existing policies were shown to be inadequate or in need of revision. The formal language and structure of policy (and clarification of it's purpose and scope) is vetted by the Academic Advisory Group. The Academic Advisory Group (AAG) is a body assembled by the Office of the Provost and serves as an advisory capacity to the Provost. The members include: the Provost, the Associate Provost, the Deans of the Colleges of Art and Design, Performing Arts, Liberal Arts and Media and Communication; the Registrar, the Director of University Libraries, the Dean of Student Affairs, and the Dean of Enrollment Mangagement. The AAG meets monthly to discuss and develop the implementation and refinement of university-wide academic policies and procedures. Once policies are approved by the Provost, they are added to the online catalog and broadcasted to the community as appropriate.

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University Committee on Academic Policy
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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 and Tenure Committee
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The University Promotion and Tenure Committee (UPTC) 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, whether on a tenure-track or multi-year contract basis, for promotion and/or tenure; reviews and monitors the pro-motion and tenure process; and makes its recommendations to the Provost and the President of the University.
 
The UPTC is composed of eight members, two members from each of the colleges and Liberal Arts, who elect representa-tives from a slate of their respective full-time faculties. Any full-time faculty member who is either tenured, or has been appointed on a tenure-track basis, or was appointed on a multi-year basis for three or more years, is eligible for mem-bership on the UPTC. In Liberal Arts and CAD, at least one of the elected members must hold the rank of full professor. In CPA and in CMAC, until each of their respective full-time fac-ulties has five or more professors, at least one of their elected members must hold the rank of associate professor or full professor.
 
Please see page 7, section 1.8.1.2 of the Governace Manual of the Faculty Handbook for more details.

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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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