Troy University
SACS Reaffirmation of Accreditation
3.7.5 The institution publishes policies on the responsibility and authority of faculty in academic and governance matters. (Faculty role in governance)
 
X Compliance   Partial Compliance   Non-Compliance

Narrative:  

Troy University is in compliance with this Comprehensive Standard.

Standing and ad hoc committees, councils, and boards are important in the decision-making process at Troy University.  Faculty members serve on most standing committees and councils; some are elected by their colleagues, while others are appointed by the dean and/or chancellor.  Membership and functions of standing committees are published on the standing committee Web site.

Troy University faculty has primary responsibility for the quality of the educational program.  Each school or college has its own departmental structure for planning, implementing, and evaluating its own academic program within the parameters set by University policy as well as by various accrediting agencies. The curriculum committee for each college manages the academic program for its particular college.  The General Studies Committee serves to maintain the integrity of the General Studies curriculum.  According to the Faculty Handbook, faculty participation and jurisdiction in academic matters at the University reside in the Undergraduate Academic Council and the Graduate Academic Council.  

The General Studies Committee reviews the University's general studies curriculum, its goals and assessment of learning outcomes, as well as recommending plans for improvement. The committee also must approve all changes in the General Studies curriculum. The chair of the General Studies Committee is a non-voting member of the Academic Council.

This Undergraduate Academic Council advises the Executive Vice Chancellor/Provost concerning all phases of the undergraduate academic program, specifically long-range planning, curriculum review, development and revision and policy decisions.  The Undergraduate Academic Council is responsible for the approval of all proposed revisions and modifications for all undergraduate degree programs. The Undergraduate Academic Council agenda is prepared by the Associate Provost/Dean of Undergraduate Studies for the Executive Vice Chancellor/Provost. Agenda items will be submitted by deans of academic colleges. Members of the Undergraduate Academic Council are elected at the College level. The members elect the chair.

Elected Representatives (voting members):

College of Arts and Sciences (5)

College of Education (5)

College of Business (5)

College of Communications and Fine Arts (2)

College of Health and Human Services (2)

University Libraries (1)

Non-voting members by position:

Associate Vice Chancellor for Financial Aid

University Registrar or designee

Dean of Library Services or designee

Dean of International Programs or designee

Dean of Academics, University College, or designee

Director of Institutional Research or designee

Director of eCampus

Dean of Enrollment Services or designee

Deans of each college

Associate Provost / Dean of the Graduate School

Director of General Studies Program

Director of Honors Program

Ex Officio

Associate Provost / Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Executive Vice Chancellor / Provost

Representatives must hold the rank of Assistant Professor or above, be tenured or tenure track, and have three consecutive years of full-time service prior to election.

The Graduate Academic Council advises the Executive Vice Chancellor/Provost concerning all phases of the graduate program development and delivery, specifically long-range planning, curriculum development, revision and policy decisions. The Council has the responsibility for review of all graduate policy waivers and approval of all proposed revisions and modifications for all graduate degree programs, subject to review and approval by the Provost, Chancellor and the Board of Trustees.  The Graduate Academic Council agenda is prepared by the Associate Provost/Dean of the Graduate School for the Executive Vice Chancellor/Provost.  Agenda items will be submitted by deans of academic colleges.

Representatives must be graduate faculty, preferably with three consecutive years of full-time service as a graduate faculty member.  Exceptions to these criteria may be made with the concurrence of the Dean of the Graduate School.

Elected Representatives (voting members):

College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Program (5)

College of Education Graduate Program (5)

College of Business Graduate Program (5)

College of Communication and Fine Arts Graduate Program (1)

College of Health and Human Services Graduate Program (2)

Non-voting members by position:

University Registrar or designee

Dean of Library Services or designee

Dean of International Programs or designee

Dean of Academics, University College, or designee

Associate Vice Chancellor for Financial Aid

Director of Institutional Research or designee

Director of eCampus or designee

Dean of Enrollment Services or designee

Director of eCampus or designee

Dean of Enrollment Services or designee

By Position:

Deans of each college

Associate provosts

Ex Officio:

Executive Vice Chancellor/Provost

Dean of the Graduate School

The Faculty Council is the formal body for the collective input of the Troy University faculty on university matters. As part of its evaluation and planning functions, the council conducts a faculty survey to allow faculty to express opinions regarding the administration and governance of the University. Results of this survey are shared with members of the Faculty Council and with the Executive Vice Chancellor/Provost for review and response.

Factors relative to faculty service on committees are listed below:

  • A faculty member should serve on no more than three standing committees at one time. Exceptions may be essential but should be documented. It is the function of the deans to ensure that these limits are enforced and to justify any exceptions.
  • A faculty member should not serve as chair of more than one standing committee at any one time. It is the responsibility of the executive vice president to ensure that this limit is enforced and to justify and document any exceptions.
  • Whenever logical and feasible, standing committee membership should not exceed five years. Exceptions to this limitation should be either clearly documented or directed by the chancellor of Troy University.
  • An elected standing committee chair may serve as chair no longer than two consecutive years. It may be necessary to allow an elected chair to serve an additional one-year term. Any additional time served requires the approval of the chancellor of Troy University.
  • The chancellor serves as an ex-officio member of all standing committees and councils; in his absence, his designated representative serves in lieu of the chancellor.

In all instances involving elected committee members, faculty members should indicate their willingness to serve in advance of the election.

In conclusion, the institution publishes policies on the responsibility and authority of faculty in academic and governance matters and is in compliance with this requirement.

 

Supporting Documentation Location
Curriculum / Discipline Committees http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/curr-committ/
Faculty Council http://stars.troy.edu/troy_website/fc.html
Faculty Handbook, 2005 Edition http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/Faculty-Handbook-2005-Edition.pdf
Graduate Academic Council http://stars.troy.edu/troy_website/gac.html
Standing Committees of Troy University http://stars.troy.edu/troy_website/home.html
Undergraduate Academic Council http://stars.troy.edu/troy_website/uac.html

 

Last Updated: 08/26/2007