Troy University
SACS Reaffirmation of Accreditation
3.2.6 There is a clear and appropriate distinction, in writing and practice, between the policy-making functions of the governing board and the responsibility of the administration and faculty to administer and implement policy. (Board/administration distinction)
 
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Narrative:  

At Troy University, there is a clear and appropriate distinction, both in written policy and in operational practice, between the policy-making activities of the Board of Trustees and the activities of the University’s administration and faculty to implement those policies.

All governing policies of Troy University are approved through its Board of Trustees. As noted in the Faculty Handbook, the policy function of the Board of Trustees is clearly defined:

The Board of Trustees is the legal governing body of Troy University. As such, it is the final institutional authority. Its powers are set forth in Title 16, Chapter 56, Sections 6 & 7 of the Code of Alabama (1975). The University is authorized by Statutes of the Legislature of Alabama contained in Title 16, Chapter 56, Section 1, Code of Alabama, 1975.) The Board of Trustees consists of representation from eight geographic areas of the state as denoted in Act #97-586 of the Alabama State Legislature…. The primary responsibility of the Board of Trustees is the articulation of general educational policies and academic goals. In so doing, it is obligated to conserve the financial resources of the University and to relate them to the likely needs of the future. While maintaining a general overview, the Board of Trustees entrusts the conduct of administration to the Chancellor and through the Chancellor to other administrative officers of the University.

Operational policies and procedures consistent with the general measures approved by the Board are identified in the Chancellor’s Cabinet agendas or issued as directives by the Chancellor or the senior administrative leadership team, with the Chancellor’s knowledge and approval. The steps for approval and/or review of University policies under the aegis of the Chancellor are clearly delineated in the University’s ePolicy Manual. Specifically noted in the Troy University Faculty Handbook, (Part 1 Organization and Administration, 1.2.2 Chancellor) is the requirement that

It is the duty of the Chancellor to assure that the standards and procedures in operational use conform to the policies established by the Board of Trustees and to the standards of sound academic practice. The Chancellor shares responsibility for the definition and attainment of goals and for operating the communications system which links the various components of the Board of Trustees, other officers of administration, faculty, staff and students.

Functionally, the University’s senior vice chancellors serve as a coordinating council overseeing the administrative and academic communications among the divisions of the University. These positions manage the day-to-day operations of the University with the assistance of a wide variety of supporting administrators. General administrative coordination for the University is provided by the Chancellor’s Cabinet that advises the Chancellor on all matters pertaining to the University, and the Academic Steering Committee that advises the Executive Vice Chancellor/Provost on matters of academic administration, planning and evaluation. Members of the Academic Steering Committee include the associate provosts, the college deans and the campus vice chancellors.

The Faculty Council is a formal body that provides collective input on appropriate faculty issues at the University. Academic coordination is provided by the Graduate Academic Council, which advises the Executive Vice Chancellor/Provost concerning all phases of the graduate program, and the Undergraduate Academic Council which advises the Executive Vice Chancellor/Provost on the undergraduate academic programs. Additionally, there are numerous University Standing Committees that help implement policy and give counsel in University matters.

Troy University is in compliance with this Comprehensive Standard.

 

Supporting Documentation Location
Academic Steering Committee Agendas http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/asc-agendas/
Board of Trustees http://www.troy.edu/boardoftrustees/
Chancellor's Cabinet Agendas http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/cc-agendas/
ePolicy Manual http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/epolicy/
Faculty Council http://stars.troy.edu/troy_website/fc.html
Faculty Handbook, 2008 Edition http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/Faculty-Handbook-2008-Edition.pdf
Graduate Academic Council http://stars.troy.edu/troy_website/gac.html
Undergraduate Academic Council http://stars.troy.edu/troy_website/uac.html
University Standing Committees http://stars.troy.edu/troy_website/home.html

 

Last Updated: 08/26/2008