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Academic Matters Council: Develops policy recommendations on academic and curricular life on campus, examines proposal for majors and minors, reviews undergraduate course proposals and makes recommendations to the Senate.

Academic Priorities Council: Provides advice on academic planning and priority, advises on the growth, stabilization and reduction of academic programs, and reviews long-range plans and proposals for new programs.

Athletic Council: Implements the "Statement on Athletic Policy" adopted by the Board of Trustees, submits reports to the Faculty Senate including a detailed breakdown of athletic program budgets.

Commonwealth Honors College Council

General Education Council: Reviews proposals on general education curriculum required of all undergraduate students, reviews courses proposed for General Education designations, advises the administration and curriculum committees on general education.

Graduate Council: Advises the Graduate School on the Administration of graduate programs, develops policy recommendations on graduate studies, reviews proposals for graduate programs and graduate course proposals.

Health Council: Proposes policy on health programs, health education programs and health needs of the campus and advises administrators on the operation of health-related programs.

Information and Communication Technology Council

International Studies Council: Advises the Provost on foreign, international and ethnic programs, coordinates campus internationalization efforts, surveys information on foreign and international studies.

Program & Budget Council: Advises administration on the campus budget process, reviews budget proposals, surveys the costs of proposed programs and policies and reviews the administration of funds.

Research Council: Works to advance the research mission of the University, advises the administration on RTF expenditures and reviews and makes recommendations on research and scholarship oriented grants and awards.

Research Library Council: Advising capacity regarding the functions and operations of the University Library.

Status of Diversity Council: Makes recommendations affecting the status of minorities on campus, in areas such as recruitment, promotion and salaries, tenure, admissions, financial aid and the development of programs to reflect the needs of the minority community.

Status of Women Council: Makes recommendations affecting the status of women on campus in areas such as recruitment, promotion and salaries, tenure, day care, admissions and financial aid--among others.

Student Affairs & University Life Council: Reviews and advises on policies concerning non-academic student activities and university life such as residence hall policies, disciplinary policies, placement and recruitment, legal rights, picketing and free speech.

Undergraduate Education Council: Serves as initiator and advocate for the quality of the undergraduate educational experience on the Amherst campus; reviews, deliberates and makes recommendations to the Faculty Senate with respect to all areas of undergraduate experience insofar as it relates to academics.

University Relations and Advancement Council: Represents the faculty in the development of policy relating to institutional advancement.

University Service, Public Service, and Outreach Council: Monitors and reviews campus-level activities and develops policy recommendations relating to the definition, development, promotion, delivery and evaluation of public service and outreach activities and serves as a liaison to systems-level service and outreach task forces and administrative bodies.






Academic Matters
Academic Priorities
Campus Physical Planning
General Education
International Studies
Program and Budget
Research Library
Status of Diversity
Status of Women
Student Affairs and University Life
Undergraduate Education
University Relations and Advancement
University Service, Public Service and Outreach


Admissions and Records
Committee on Committees
University Computer and Electronic Communications
University Press
University Writing

Ad Hoc Committees