Academic Standards, Curriculum, and the Calendar

Mandate

The Committee on Academic Standards, Curriculum and the Calendar (the Committee) is established by the General Faculties Council (the GFC) under its authority for academic matters under the Post-Secondary Learning Act. The Committee provides academic oversight from a cross-program/institutional perspective, on the following matters:

  • Admissions
  • Transfer credit
  • Other academic standards and regulations
  • The academic calendar
  • Curriculum development and changes to existing programs of study

Terms of Reference

Committee on Academic Standards, Curriculum and the Calendar Terms of Reference

Mandate

The Committee on Academic Standards, Curriculum and the Calendar (the Committee) is established by the General Faculties Council (the GFC) under its authority for academic matters under the Post-Secondary Learning Act. The Committee provides academic oversight from a cross-program/institutional perspective, on the following matters:

  • Admissions

  • Transfer credit

  • Other academic standards and regulations

  • The academic calendar

  • Curriculum development and changes to existing programs of study

Responsibilities

Delegated Authorities

The Committee shall have the following powers, delegated by the General Faculties Council:

  • Recommendation to the GFC of the academic calendar, including the academic schedule

  • Approval of non-substantive changes to the academic calendar, including the academic schedule (i.e. revisions that do not change the intent or interpretation of the content)

  • Approval of changes to admission criteria for existing academic programs upon recommendation by a Faculty or School Council

  • Approval of academic degree regulations for existing degrees upon recommendation by a Faculty or School Council

  • Approval of substantive changes to existing academic programs upon approval recommended by Faculty and School Councils, e.g. changes which impact other faculties or schools, or meaningfully alter the nature of the existing program, including its structure, overall content, breadth, or depth, or progression

  • Approval of any institutional standards for transfer credit

  • Give direction or advice on issues related to new, or changes to existing, programming and courses that cannot be resolved through the consultation process (e.g. cross-program impacts, duplication, and questions of jurisdiction)

  • Recommend to the GFC policies and procedures related to academic standards, program and curriculum development, admission criteria, transfer credit, the academic calendar and the academic schedule

  • Recommend to the GFC new program admission requirements

  • Review and make recommendations regarding centralized administrative processes impacting curriculum, program changes, and admission criteria changes (e.g. processes managed by the Registrar’s Office, Institutional Analysis and Planning)

  • The Committee may monitor best practices related to admissions requirements, as well as wider changes in education systems that would impact qualifications of applicants to MacEwan University and recommend changes in response

  • Provide insight, advice and recommendations on other topics related to its mandate

  • Undertake other duties related to its mandate as assigned by the GFC from time to time

Other

  • The faculty co-chair of the committee shall be included on the institutional curriculum and program consultation process

Creation of Subsidiary Bodies and Sub-Delegation

The Committee may:

  • Strike sub-committees, ad hoc committees, or working groups to support its functions, and approve terms of reference for such bodies

Workplan

  • The Committee will maintain a workplan, to be updated annually and shared with the GFC for feedback

Reporting

The Committee will regularly report to the GFC on its activities and decisions.

These Terms of Reference and related delegated authorities will be reviewed by the committee at least every three years.

 

Membership

Voting

Ex-Officio

  • President

  • Provost and VP, Academic, or delegate, who shall serve as administrative co-chair of the Committee

  • Registrar and AVP, Planning and Analysis, or delegate

  • Associate Vice-President, Students and Teaching

Elected

  • Four (4) academic staff members of the GFC, one of whom shall be elected by the Committee as faculty co-chair of the Committee

Appointed

  • One (1) Dean, appointed by the Dean’s Council

  • One (1) student member of the GFC, appointed by the Students’ Association of MacEwan University

  • Three (3) additional academic staff members at large who shall be nominated by the Committee and appointed by the Executive Committee of the GFC

Non-Voting

  • Administrative officer responsible for curriculum coordination process

  • Administrative officer responsible for admissions and transfer credit

  • Administrative officer responsible for the academic calendar

  • University Secretary

  • Recording Secretary

  • The Committee may invite additional resource members or special consulting members who do not vote


Last Updated/Approved

August 24, 2020 by Motion of GFC Executive Committee

 

Meetings

The meeting schedule will be posted here when it is finalized.

Membership

Academic Standards, Curriculum, and the Calendar Members 2020-21

Member Role/Position Term End
Annette Trimbee President (ex-officio) ongoing
Craig Monk Provost, co-chair (ex-officio) ongoing
David McLaughlin AVP, Planning and Analysis (ex-officio) ongoing
Cassie Prochnau AVP, Students and Teaching (ex-officio) ongoing
Heather McRae Dean (appointed) 08/31/21
Alycia Stewart Student (appointed) 04/30/21
Kim Harcombe GFC member (elected faculty) 08/31/22
Emily Khalema GFC member (elected faculty) 08/31/22
Bob Irwin GFC member (elected faculty) 08/31/22
Joanne Loh GFC member (elected faculty) 08/31/22
Chandelle Rimmer Faculty at large (appointed faculty) 08/31/22
Kelsey Reed Faculty at large (appointed faculty) 08/31/22
Candy Pang Faculty at large (appointed faculty) 08/31/22
Kenneth Ristau AO - Curriculum Coordination process (non-voting) ongoing
Tony Norrad AO - Admissions and Transfer Credit (non-voting) ongoing
Johannes Beke AO - Academic Calendar (non-voting) ongoing
Gwen Bauer University Secretary (non-voting) ongoing