The Academic Council has the
responsibility for reviewing all University academic programs
and related matters. The Council receives and reviews, from the
various Schools, proposals and policy decisions regarding the
Schools respective programs. The Council is a policy-recommending
body, which may initiate studies and reviews in consultation
with the Deans of the respective Schools. The Council has the
authority to make recommendations to the President on all matters
that relate to the academic programs and mission of the University.
Standing Committees of the
Committee on Committees
The Committee on Committees ensures that communication and exchange
between and within the faculty and the administration are facilitated
through an institutionalized network of Standing Committees.
University Curriculum Committee
The University Curriculum Committee considers and recommends
to the Academic Council appropriate action on all matters connected
with educational policy of the undergraduate and graduate programs.
The Committee reviews the actions of the Schools with respect
to their graduate and undergraduate curricula and courses of
study. The Committee is particularly concerned with requirements
for all degrees; methods of instruction; programs of study, and
regulations concerning scholastic standing; policies for new
courses of study; and the modification of existing courses.
Committee on External Programs
and Continuing Education
The Committee on External Programs and Continuing Education exists
to develop, review and recommend policies, procedures and criteria
which guide credit and non-credit continuing education activities.
On and off-campus programs are reviewed and evaluated for effectiveness.
Recommendations resulting from such reviews are forwarded to
the Academic Council for action.
Committee on Research and
The Committee on Research and Sponsored Programs is advisory
to the Academic Council. Its basic functions are to recommend
policy on the solicitation of research grants and contracts throughout
the University, and to give general supervision to the implementation
of such policies. The Committee reviews the types of research
proposed and conducted, as such relates to research capabilities
of the University, and provides advice and recommendations about
the adequacy of University resources.
Library Advisory Committee
The Library Advisory Committee deliberates institutional concerns,
as well as provides input from faculty, staff and students regarding
the Robert W. Woodruff Library. The Committee also serves as
a liaison between the academic departments of the University
and the Woodruff Library in developing and reviewing appropriate
polices and procedures.
Committee on Admissions,
Financial Aid and Scholarships
The Committee on Admissions, Financial Aid and Scholarships plans,
develops, reviews and recommends policies and procedures that
guide the Universitys plan for establishing admission standards
and for coordinating financial aid awards and scholarship programs.
The Committee assists in monitoring the effectiveness of undergraduate
and graduate admissions, and financial aid and scholarship programs;
and ensures that the policies and procedures established relate
to the educational purpose of the University.
Committee on Undergraduate
Academic Standards and Standing
The Committee on Undergraduate Academic Standards and Standing
administers all regulations, which concern the program of study
and the scholastic standing of undergraduate studies. It may
present proposals for changes in these regulations to the Academic
Council. The Committee determines whether students who are academically
deficient shall be required to withdraw from the University and
whether students who have withdrawn because of academic deficiency
shall be readmitted. The Committee is also responsible for the
formation and administration of policies with regard to student
Committee on Athletics
The Committee on Athletics reviews policies and procedures which
guide the intramural and intercollegiate athletic programs; and
ensures that the philosophy and purpose of the programs are in
harmony with the Universitys purpose. The purpose of the
Committee is to foster the Intercollegiate Athletic Program and
provides oversight for the Universitys compliance with
the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Southern
Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) rules and regulations.
The Committee reviews all actions, which result in the admission
of athletes to the Universitys programs.
Committee on Student Life
The Committee on Student Life reviews policies and procedures
related to student activities and extracurricular programs. The
Committee develops and recommends policies that govern student
publications as well as policies and procedures on issues that
may have health, social or political impact on the University.
The Committee also reviews the student code of conduct and assists
in the development of disciplinary policies and procedures.
The Graduate Council reviews and recommends to the Academic Council
all general policies and regulations for graduate programs, general
admissions requirements, foreign language requirements, procedure
for conducting general examinations and regulations in preparation
of theses and dissertations; academic standards and degree requirements;
candidates to be awarded degrees; and new degrees and new degree
programs for recommendation to the University Curriculum Committee.