Academic Affairs Committee Charter
Name of Committee:
Academic Affairs Committee
Name of Committee Sponsor:
Board of Governors
The purpose of the Academic Affairs Committee is to advise the Board of Mount Royal University regarding relevant matters bearing on the quality and reputation of the institution’s academic programs and research activities, educational expectations and challenges faced by the University, strategic direction, academic plans and budgets, and faculty credentials and personnel policies.
The Committee respects the authority of the General Faculties Council to make decisions with respect to academic policies and academic matters, but may be required to endorse such decisions or recommend to the Board of Governors that approval be delegated to General Faculties Council and/or the Provost and Vice-President Academic, if subject to Board approval.
The Committee has the authority to advise and make recommendations to the Board of Governors.
The Academic Affairs Committee shall consist of:
- At least four (4) Board members
- Chair of the Board as Ex Officio, voting
- President as Ex Officio, voting
- Provost and Vice-President, Academic as Ex Officio, non-voting.
Term of Office:
The term of office for all members of the committee shall be one year, ending on the date of the Board’s first regular meeting in the academic year.
The quorum shall consist of a simple majority of members.
The Committee shall meet at the call of the chair and strive to operate by consensus rather than by majority rule. The Committee may establish procedures and policies for the conduct of its meetings, including preparation of agendas and recording of minutes as determined by the Committee from time to time.
The principal responsibility of the Academic Affairs Committee is to advise and make recommendations to the Board of Governors on matters which pertain to academic affairs that fall within the purview of the Board, including but not limited to:
- Future issues in post-secondary education and their impact on Mount Royal;
- Proposals and recommendations of General Faculties Council concerning the establishment, continuation and reorganization of Faculties;
- Faculty credentials and personnel policies;
- Funding of new and existing programs (including termination of funding) as presented in the context of the annual university budget;
- Other recommendations from General Faculties Council to the Board;
- Specific matters which may be referred to the Committee by the Board.
The Academic Affairs Committee will consider recommendations from the General Faculties Council prior to making a recommendation to the Board on the following matters:
- Procedures for and policies concerning the qualifications of members of academic staff within Mount Royal with respect to appointments, promotions, and the granting of tenure;
- Detailed criteria for tenure and promotion;
- Relationships for affiliations or collaborative degrees;
- Changing the organization of major academic units such as Faculties.
The Academic Affairs Committee will serve as a forum for sharing information as a means of better informing the Board about academic matters and budget in the Academic Affairs Division.
The University Secretariat office will provide administrative support. The Director, University Secretariat shall serve as a resource and the Board Secretary will serve as recording secretary for this Committee. Budget to cover meeting expenses, photocopying and other related activities will be housed in the University Secretariat office.
The records of the Committee’s decisions shall be maintained by the University Secretariat office in the form of correspondence related to those decisions, legal documents, and/or minutes of meetings as appropriate.
This is a standing committee of the Board of Governors.