Academic Senate Committees
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2016-2017 Academic Year
The Committee on Academic Freedom and Responsibility studies conditions within or outside of the University, which in the judgment of the committee may affect the academic freedom of the University or its individual members.
To continue the work of the Joint Senate-Administrative Research and Teaching Animal Task Force, which was to address three major concerns raised by the Animal Subcommittee of the Academic Senate Committee on Research.
The Committee on Admissions and Enrollment oversees and advises on various matters of admissions and enrollment at Davis.
The Committee on Affirmative Action and Diversity advises the administration on affirmative action policies for academic personnel and academic programs; pays special attention to the problems of admission and retention of culturally and economically disadvantaged students; and seeks means of enhancing faculty and student awareness and participation in both the EOP and SAA.
The Committee on Academic Personnel – Appellate Committee provides advice independent of the Committee on Academic Personnel - Oversight Committee (CAPOC) to the Chief Campus Officer on any review of a personnel action beyond the original review conducted by CAPOC or a Faculty Personnel Committee subject to the requirements of Davis Division Bylaw 45.
The Committee on Academic Personnel – Oversight Subcommittee (CAP) advises the Vice Provost of Academic Affairs on all academic personnel actions, including matters of general policy. In addition, CAP appoints the Faculty Personnel Committees at the college and school level in consultation with the Faculty Executive Committees.
- Faculty Personnel Committee - College of Ag. & Env. Sciences
Faculty Personnel Committee - College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences
- Faculty Personnel Committee - College of Biological Sciences
Faculty Personnel Committee - College of Biological Sciences
- Faculty Personnel Committee - College of Engineering
Faculty Personnel Committee - College of Engineering
- Faculty Personnel Committee - College of L&S (HArCS)
Faculty Personnel Committee - College of L&S (Humanities, Arts & Cultural Studies)
- Faculty Personnel Committee - College of L&S (MPS)
Faculty Personnel Committee - College of Letters & Science (Mathematical & Physical Sciences)
- Faculty Personnel Committee - College of L&S (SS)
Faculty Personnel Committee - College of Letters & Science (Social Sciences)
- Faculty Personnel Committee - Professional Schools
Faculty Personnel Committee - Professional Schools
- Faculty Personnel Committee - School of Medicine
Faculty Personnel Committee - School of Medicine
- Faculty Personnel Committee - School of Veterinary Medicine
Faculty Personnel Committee - School of Veterinary Medicine
Committees on Committees
The Committee on Courses of Instruction (COCI) is authorized to approve new courses, modifications of existing courses, general education designations, and other matters relevant to courses. COCI also advises the administration on the scope, format, timing of publication, and other aspects of the UC Davis General Catalog.
This committee issues a call for nominations of faculty to be selected for either a Distinguished Teaching Award in undergraduate or graduate/professional teaching.
The Committee on Elections, Rules and Jurisdiction (CERJ) reviews all changes in Bylaws and Regulations submitted to the Representative Assembly to ensure conformity with the Code of the Academic Senate. In addition, CERJ advises Divisional officers, committees, faculties, and members in all matters of organization, jurisdiction, and interpretation of legislation of the Academic Senate.
The Emeriti Committee maintains current centralized records of emeriti/ae; communicates with emeriti/ae to facilitate their continued contributions to the University; and communicates to the Academic Senate and the administration the interests and needs of emeriti/ae.
This committee advises members with respect to the personnel process and procedures for appeal of personnel actions. Discuss with any aggrieved Senate member any claim of violation or rights or privileges and provide counsel on appropriate grievance procedure.
This committee issues annually a call for nominations of faculty or staff who have a distinguished record in research and selects one nominee to deliver a lecture on a topic of their choice.
The Committee on Faculty Welfare reviews matters regarding the economic welfare of faculty, such as salaries, benefits, insurance, retirement, housing, transportation, parking, and conditions of employment, and advises faculty on proposed changes or improvements.
Faculty Executive Committee of the College of Biological Sciences
Faculty Executive Committee of the College of Engineering
Faculty Executive Committee of the College of Letters and Science
Faculty Executive Committee of the Graduate School of Management
Faculty Executive Committee of the School of Education
Faculty Executive Committee of the School of Law
Faculty Executive Committee of the School of Medicine
Faculty Executive Committee of the School of Nursing
Faculty Executive Committee of the School of Veterinary Medicine
The Grade Changes Committee advises on matters of grade change policy and it adjudicates grade change requests that are not unambiguously justified by the Regulations of the Academic Senate.
Graduate Council makes recommendations on new programs leading to existing graduate degrees, including the qualifications of departments and graduate groups to initiate new programs. Graduate Council also advises on numerous other matters relevant to graduate affairs. Federation members who are involved in graduate education and/or who are members of graduate groups may apply.
- GC Academic Planning and Development
The Academic Planning and Development Subcommittee advises on the future needs and direction of graduate education, campus and systemwide policies, degree conferral, enrollment, fundraising procedures, and postdoctoral issues. Federation members who are involved in graduate education and/or who are members of graduate groups may apply.
- GC Administrative Comm
The Administrative Subcommittee reviews requests, appeals, and recommendations for actions that require variations from established rules and procedures.
- GC Bylaws
The Bylaws Subcommittee advises on the review and evaluation of new graduate program proposals and bylaw changes.
- GC Courses
The Courses Subcommittee advises on the recommendation and supervision of new, changed, and deleted graduate courses of instruction, and serves as the liaison to the Committee on Courses of Instruction. Federation members who are involved in graduate education and/or who are members of graduate groups may apply.
- GC Educational Policy
The Educational Policy Subcommittee reviews and evaluates all new graduate program proposals and degree requirement changes, and reviews student status and dissertation information. Federation members who are involved in graduate education and/or who are members of graduate groups may apply.
- GC Graduate Student Support
The Graduate Student Support Subcommittee advises on the allocation of grants funds and awards of fellowships and graduate scholarships, including honorary travel fellowships and other designated fellowships. Federation members who are involved in graduate education and/or who are members of graduate groups may apply.
- GC Program Review
The Program Review Subcommittee advises on the review of graduate programs and Designated Emphases. Federation members who are involved in graduate education and/or who are members of graduate groups may apply.
- Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Scholar Welfare
The Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Scholar Welfare Subcommittee advises on the establishment of standards for appointment of graduate students to be Teaching Assistants, Teaching Fellows, Graduate Student Researchers, and Postdoctoral Scholars; policies for the limitation of study lists of students who are employed; and policies related to the welfare and mentoring of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. This committee also selects a recipient for the Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award and a recipient for the Distinguished Postdoctoral Scholar Mentoring Award.
Information Technology advises the Vice Provost and the Davis Division on all policies and practices of information technology and telecommunications.
International Education discusses matters of international education, exchange, and internships, including the Education Abroad Program; formulates policies and programs affecting international education; and reviews GE petitions for study abroad courses.
College of Letters and Science Educational Policy Committee
The Library Committee advises on the administration of the Library and provides input on space allocation and needs of faculty. It also advises the University Librarian on the removal and storage of library holdings and digital management of holdings and scholarly communications.
The Committee on Privilege and Tenure (P&T) is divided into two subcommittees. The P&T Hearings Subcommittee holds hearings on grievances and disciplinary actions referred to the Subcommittee and provides recommendations to the Chancellor.
The Committee on Privilege and Tenure (P&T) is divided into two subcommittees. The P&T Investigative Subcommittee reviews grievances submitted by faculty members who believe their rights or privileges have been violated. When appropriate, the Subcommittee conducts a preliminary review, which can include reviewing documentation and interviewing witnesses, to determine if there is reasonable cause to believe that a right or privilege of the grievant may have been violated.
The Committee on Planning and Budget advises the Provost on academic planning, budget, and resource allocations, including requests for allocation of faculty positions (FTE). In addition, the Committee on Planning and Budget reviews proposed academic programs as they relate to academic planning, budget, and resource allocation, and consults regularly with the Undergraduate and Graduate Councils.
- Instructional Space Advisory Subcommittee
The Instructional Space Advisory Subcommittee reviews classroom scheduling and utilization policies to ensure the efficient use of classroom space; advises on campus needs for new instructional space and upgrades to existing instructional space; consults with faculty to identify the needs for instructional technology in classrooms; and establishes design criteria for instructional space.
The Public Service Committee reviews and advises on non-personnel matters relating to the involvement of faculty in public service activities; advises the University Extension on new course offerings, policies and criteria for admission, criteria for appointment of instructors, and post-baccalaureate certificates; and issues a call for nominations of faculty to be selected for a Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award.
- Representative Assembly First Alternates
Representative Assembly First Alternates
- Representative Assembly Second Alternates
Representative Assembly Second Alternates
The Committee on Research reviews campus research policy issues and consults regularly with the Vice Chancellor for Research. In addition, the Committee on Research establishes policies and procedures governing allocation of funds for the Faculty Research Grants Program.
Undergraduate Council (UGC) has statutory authority over undergraduate education and programs. UGC establishes policies for undergraduate education; develops and reviews campuswide educational objectives and criteria for evaluating educational effectiveness; approves or denies the establishment and discontinuation of undergraduate programs; authorizes academic disqualifications and or/dismissals; and authorizes undergraduate transcript notations
- General Education
The General Education Subcommittee supervises the General Education (GE) program by establishing criteria that govern certification of courses for the GE program; periodically reviewing courses that are approved for GE credit; determining the extent to which multidisciplinary individual majors satisfy GE requirements; actively promoting the development of new GE courses; and continually reviewing the effectiveness of the GE program.
- Preparatory Education
The Preparatory Education Subcommittee conducts and monitors periodic reviews and evaluations of remedial education; oversees the administration of the examination for the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) and related remedial courses at UC Davis; oversees the use of placement examinations in mathematics; and conducts and monitors periodic reviews and evaluations of the English as a Second Language Program at UC Davis.
- Special Academic Programs
The Special Academic Programs (SAP) Subcommittee oversees all special undergraduate academic programs and advises faculty and the administration on the establishment and operation of newly initiated programs. In addition, SAP periodically reviews programmatic functions of special academic programs, and evaluates the programs’ effectiveness in meeting their stated educational objectives.
- Undergraduate Instruction & Program Review
The Undergraduate Instruction and Program Review (UIPR) Subcommittee studies the effectiveness and efficiency of undergraduate instruction at UC Davis, and spearheads efforts to foster, recognize, and reward good teaching, and make recommendations for improvements. UIPR determines if established educational objectives for programs have been meaningfully addressed.
The Undergraduate Scholarships Committee recommends to the President the awarding of undergraduate scholarships. In addition, the committee evaluates undergraduate scholarship applications and determines the University Medal winner.