Academic Matters Council

Chair: Linda Shea (lshea@isenberg.umass.edu)

Membership

Subcommittee Memberships

Minutes

Reports

The Academic Matters Council will meet on the following dates during the 2018-2019 academic year:

Fall Semester
September 12 
September 26 
October 10 (This meeting will be held in Campus Center Room 803)
October 24 
November 7
November 28 (This meeting will be held in Campus Center Room 917)
December 12

Spring Semester
January 23
February 6
February 20
March 6
March 20
April 3 (This meeting will be held in Campus Center Room 803)
April 17
May 1

All meetings will begin at 12:15 p.m. and take place in the Campus Center, Room 904-908, unless otherwise noted.

Charge:
The Academic Matters Council shall:
(a) Develop policy recommendations relating to every aspect of the academic and curricular life of the campus, except that every aspect of the graduate curriculum shall fall under the jurisdiction of the Graduate Council; and
(b) Examine proposals of major and minor programs from the several schools and colleges to ensure adherence to University policies.  Course proposals shall be referred to the Council for its review.  After consideration, the Council shall make its recommendation to the Faculty Senate in the established manner.

Membership:
Its membership shall be:
(a) One Faculty Member from each School/College headed by a Dean;
(b) Nine Faculty Members or Librarians selected at large;
(c) A Representative from the Commonwealth Honors College Council, appointed by the Chair of the Commonwealth Honors College Council;
(d) The Associate Chancellor and Chief Planning Officer or a designee, serving ex officio;
(e) The Provost or a designee, serving ex officio;
(f) The Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education, serving ex officio;
(g) The Dean of Commonwealth Honors College or a designee, serving ex officio;
(h) The Chairperson of the Program and Budget Council or a designee, serving ex officio;
(i) The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Life or a designee, serving ex officio;
(j) The Associate Provost for Student Success or a designee, serving ex officio;
(k) The University Registrar or a designee, serving ex officio;
(l) The Director of the Internship Program or a designee, serving ex officio;
(m) The Five Colleges Executive Director or a designee, serving ex officio;
(n) The Secretary of the Faculty Senate or a designee, serving ex officio, non-voting;
(o) The Chairperson of the Student Government Association’s Academic Affairs Committee, serving ex officio;
(p) One Graduate Student; and
(q) Three Undergraduate Students.

The Academic Matters Council shall establish a committee on Military Studies consisting of five faculty members, none of whom shall be members of either of the two Military Science departments.  One non-voting representative from each of the said departments shall be invited to the committee’s meetings.  The committee shall:  (a) review all matters pertaining to the curriculum of said departments to ensure compatibility with prevailing academic standards; and (b) screen candidates for faculty positions in said departments on which matters the subcommittee shall report directly to the Provost.

The subcommittee on Calendars shall develop proposed academic calendars.  It shall consist of:  five faculty members; the University Registrar or a designee, serving ex officio; the Graduate Registrar, serving ex officio; the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Life or a designee, serving ex officio; the Coordinator of Five Colleges, Inc. or a designee, serving ex officio; the Provost or a designee, serving ex officio; three undergraduate students, and two graduate students.

The Academic Matters Council shall establish a University Without Walls (UWW) Faculty Advisory Board for the purpose of reviewing and approving the curriculum of the UWW Program.  New course proposals by the UWW Program must be approved by the Board before being sent to the Academic Matters Council.  In addition, the Course Subcommittee of the AMC will vet proposed new UWW courses through the relevant academic department prior to submission to the full AMC for approval.

From Chapter 5 Section 2 of the Faculty Senate Bylaws.