Members: The Associate Dean of Faculty for Academic Affairs (chair); a representative of the Dean of the Conservatory; the Registrar, ex officio; the Dean of Academic Success, ex officio; four members of the Faculty (one from each of the divisions of the University); two students. Faculty members are appointed to two-year staggered terms.
Purpose: To serve as the primary agency of the Faculty in implementing the curriculum and rules governing student standards, and in that role
- to evaluate proposals for new courses, and to recommend to the Faculty those courses that the committee considers consistent with the University’s purposes and standards;
- to recommend to the Faculty changes in University policy for the creation and elimination of courses and non-traditional courses of study;
- to establish, monitor and update regularly the list of courses satisfying the General Education Requirements;
- to evaluate proposals for individual non-traditional courses of study, including academic internships, student-designed majors and student-designed courses, and to approve those that the committee considers consistent with the University’s purposes and standards;
- to ensure that the rules governing students’ academic status are consistent with the University’s purposes and to recommend changes in such rules to the Faculty;
- to set guidelines for exceptions to the rules that govern students’ academic status and to ensure that the guidelines are in all cases applied reasonably;
- to monitor academic regulations;
- to encourage and facilitate faculty discussion, development and dissemination of pedagogical methods and technologies;
- in conjunction with the Associate Dean of the Faculty, to promote programs that enhance the development of teaching effectiveness;
- to serve when needed on the Sub-Committee on Administration.
Subcommittee on Administration
Members: The Registrar, the Dean of Academic Success or delegate and, as needed, at least three faculty members from the Instruction Committee.
Purpose: To rule on student petitions for waivers of the rules that govern the academic status of students and in that role
- to dispose of most petitions in accord with clear and well-established guidelines and precedents;
- to convene a meeting of faculty members on the Instruction Committee in unusual cases. The faculty members of the Instruction Committee will consider a student’s petition only when that student’s special circumstances are not clearly addressed either by the Faculty’s guidelines or by well-established precedent.