Academic Matters Council
Co-Chairs: Linda Shea
Subcommittees and Current Review Items
Guidelines for Acclerated Master's Degree Options
Joint Academic Matters Council & General Education Council Meeting Minutes July 23, 2009
Press Release 03/13/07 - Survey Reveals Faculty Opposition to Proposed Change in the UMass Academic Calendar
Procedures for Undergraduate Certificates
Explanation of Graduate and Undergraduate Certificates
Supplemental Guidelines for Undergraduate Certificate Proposals - Sen. Doc. No. 09-018A (Amended March 24, 2011)
Program Review Process for Certificates Fewer Than 30 Credits
Review Process Preliminary Application Process For Certificates More Than 30 Credits
Review Process New Program -- Final Application for Certificates More Than 30 Credits
The Academic Matters Council will meet on the following dates during the 2013-2014 academic year:
October 2* (This meeting will take place in the Campus Center, Room 803.)
December 4* (This meeting will take place in the Campus Center, Room 101.)
All meetings will begin at 12:15 p.m. and take place in the Campus Center, Room 804-08, unless otherwise noted.
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.
Its membership shall be:
(a) One Faculty Member from each School/College headed by a Dean;
(b) Six Faculty Members or Librarians selected at large;
A Representative from the Commonwealth Honors College Council, appounted by the Chair of the Commonwealth Honors College Council;
(d) The Provost or a designee, serving ex officio;
(e) The Vice Provost for Undergraduate and Continuing Education, serving ex officio;
The Dean of Commonwealth Honors College, serving ex officio;
(g) The Chairperson of the Program and Budget Council or a designee, serving ex officio;
(h) The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Life or a designee, serving ex officio;
(i) The Associate Provost for Enrollment Management or a designee, serving ex officio;
(j) The Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Advising and Learning Communities (UA&LC) or a
designee and a comparable representative from the professional schools selected by the
Provost, both serving ex officio;
(k) The University Registrar, serving ex officio;
(l) The Deputy University Registrar, 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 Associate Provost for Enrollment Management or a designee, 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