MacEwan University operates under the authority of the Post-Secondary Learning Act and through a shared bicameral governance structure between the Board of Governors (Board) and the General Faculties Council (GFC). Although the Board has the ultimate authority, the Board and GFC share and balance power within the university. The Board has senior oversight of the institution and concerns itself with long-range planning and business affairs. General Faculties Council is responsible for the academic affairs of the University. The Office of University Governance at MacEwan houses the operations of the Board of Governors. For the academic year 2019-20, the General Faculties Council is housed within the Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic.
MacEwan University's operations are directed by several pieces of legislation, including the Post-Secondary Learning Act, Alberta Public Agencies Governance Act, Financial Administration Act, Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, and others. Legislation may require reporting directly to the Government of Alberta, or may require the university to publicly publish certain documents.
Board of Governors
The Board of Governors of Grant MacEwan University (the Board) is a corporation as set out in the Alberta Post-Secondary Learning Act. As the senior authority for the University, the Board is accountable to the Minister of Advanced Education and ultimately, the people of Alberta. The Board manages and operates the University within its approved mandate, establishing policies to govern the affairs of the University. On an annual basis, the Board submits a Comprehensive Institutional Plan and Audited Financial Statements to the Minister.
The Grant MacEwan University Board of Governors consists of a Chair appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council, the President as an ex-officio member and twelve governors representing students, faculty, the MacEwan Staff Association, and the general public.
The current Board of Governors bylaws are available for review.
General Faculties Council
The General Faculties Council is MacEwan University’s senior academic governance body and is responsible for academic standards, integrity, policies, programs, as well as scholarship, research, and creative activities at MacEwan University.