Academic Affairs Committees

Academic Affairs convenes a number of committees to assess university practices, look at national trends, and offer targeted recommendation for improvement.

To learn more about our current and upcoming committees, select its respective box below:

Standing committees

The Associates Forum for undergraduate, graduate, and first professional education is comprised of representatives from dean’s offices and select academic centers across VCU. The committee ensures the academic units are represented in discussions advancing the academic strategic priorities of the university by building consensus, creating connections and leveraging opportunities. The forum also serves as a conduit for implmenting policy and practice, and strengthens our collective efforts through problem-solving and discourse.

 

A subcommittee of the Academic Affairs Associates Forum, the Assessment Council is charged with fulfilling the goals of academic assessment at VCU. This includes fostering, supporting and coordinating:

  • A culture of assessment that embodies continuous improvement
  • Academic quality that is intentional and demonstrated through rigorous processes and measured outcomes
  • Academic programs using assessment findings to maintain and enhance student learning
 

This committee assists the university in establishing its academic calendars.

 

Made up of representatives from the Office of the Provost, academic units and select academic centers, the Academic Regulations Committee provides guidance and oversight of the academic regulations governing the undergraduate, graduate and first-professional education at VCU. This committee ensures the regulations of VCU's academic programs are current and relevant, that they meet the needs of academic units, and clearly state responsibilities and expectations for students. It also offers recommendations to remedy any identified inconsistencies, serving as a conduit between policy and practice.

 

This committee assesses the integrity of the VCU academic appeals process, and offers recommendations for improvement and consistency.

 

The University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee is responsible for course and program issues that affect undergraduate instructional programs of the university. The UUCC meets monthly during the academic year and reviews, approves or denies proposals for new courses and programs, as well as changes in existing programs. It also is responsible for facilitating implementation of strategic initiatives related to undergraduate curriculum.

 

Ad hoc committees

The Course Scheduling Task Force examines the course scheduling protocols, practices and needs within units and across the university, with the aim of helping establish a long-term approach to VCU course schedule. Task force members will also help establish points of contact responsible for course scheduling in every college/school, and offer recommendations for changes to current protocols and practices.

 

This task force examines the recruitment and enrollment efforts (present and future opportunities) targeted at domestic, out-of-state students and international students. Specifically, the task force analyzes the feasibility of expanding VCU’s out-of-state student mix, the engagement of a third-party vendor to assist or manage such recruitment, and the feasibility of developing new partnerships with international entities or institutions that would advance our goals to further diversity our student body.

 

This committee oversees the policies and processes regarding substitutions among Tier II courses, offering recommendations for improvement, clarity and consistency.