The Provost’s Council
The Provost’s Council is a group of professionals in academic-related positions who meet quarterly to provide input into important decisions that impact our students and the quality of academic programs at Cleary University.
The purpose of the Provost’s Council is to advance the educational mission of the university across undergraduate and graduate studies, athletics, student affairs, and inter-university college communication, collaboration, strategic planning, and oversight. As the chief academic officer, the provost directs academic affairs and informs the academic leaders of institution-wide changes and the president’s initiatives. The members of the Provost’s Council advise the provost regarding issues which affect academic affairs and guide academic policies and procedures for the university. Provost’s Council discussion topics reflect areas for which the provost, deans, faculty, and academic leaders are responsible. Meeting topics are suggested by all members of the council.
Scope: The Provost’s Council oversees:
- Educational policy and general welfare;
- State-wide legislature regarding the board of education, transferability, transfer policy, and community support initiative;
- Policy for the regulation of student conduct and activities;
- Diversity, inclusion, and accessibility;
- Program planning, curriculum, and overall academic strategic planning;
- Scholastic policy, including requirements for admission, graduation, and honors;
- Assessment and reporting strategy;
- Recommendations concerning campus and University budgets; and
- Formulation of procedures to carry out the policies and regulation thus established.
The Curriculum Committee
Scope: The Curriculum Committee shall review new academic programs (as noted below) for approval/denial, and conduct academic program reviews.
Membership is composed of academic staff and faculty members. The chair shall call meetings as necessary to approve submissions, and shall record minutes of each meeting.
- New Program Approval
- New program approval needs to come before the Curriculum Committee and addresses:
- New degree programs
- New minor or certificate programs
- New course(s) (that did not previously exist)
- Major modification of an existing program – more than 25% of program content
- Modification of an existing course does not need to come before the Curriculum Committee.
- Criteria used to assess a new degree program/minor/certificate:
- Congruence with Cleary’s Vision and Mission
- Congruence with current strategic initiatives
- Market segments can be identified and reached
- Likelihood that we can support the investment needed in staff or infrastructure
- Likelihood of current or future graduate career opportunities
- Demonstrated success with the program by other universities
- Potential of external partner to aid development, staffing, or marketing
- Potential for new enrollment of at least 15 at first term startup and continuous
- growth over first 4 years
- Criteria used to assess new course(s):*
- Presents unique ideas/concepts/knowledge not present in existing courses
- Course outcomes consistent with course level
- Course fulfills degree requirement, or elective requirement, sufficiently broad to apply to multiple curricula
- Course does not require significant financial investment
*courses may be designated “experimental” and can be offered up to four times in four separate terms in that category
- Upon review of a proposal for a new program, the Curriculum Committee may:
- Approve the program proposal “as is.”
- Approve with required modifications (proposal to be modified and resubmitted to curriculum committee chair to verify modifications).
- Reject the program proposal (proposal may be resubmitted at a later time).
- Upon review of a proposal for a new course, the Curriculum Committee may:
- Approve the course “as is” – either as an experimental or permanent course.
- Approve the course with required modifications (proposal to be modified and resubmitted to curriculum committee chair to verify modifications).
- Reject the course proposal (proposal may be resubmitted at a later time).
Academic Program Review
- Program Review to be done on a 3 year cycle (e.g., 12 majors = 4 majors per year to be reviewed)
- Program review addresses:
- Comprehensive review of existing courses within a program (major)
- Comprehensive review of enrollment/retention/placement
- Comprehensive review of core courses/electives in general education area
- Review recommendations for new courses/major modifications (25% or more) to an existing program need to come before Curriculum Committee
- Review recommendations for modification of existing course(s) within an existing program do not need to come before the Curriculum Committee.
- Criteria used to assess current programs:
- Fit (mission, vision, and strategic initiatives)
- Enrollment (continuing, new, and total)
- Financial contribution
- Student (learning and satisfaction)
- Curriculum (faculty and employers)
- Results (retention, completion, and placement rates)
- Interest (prospective student interest)
- Job trends (employment prospects)
- Competitors (evaluate competitors)
- Upon receipt of a program review, the Curriculum Committee may:
- Review and accept the report “as is.”
- Approve with required modifications (proposal to be modified and resubmitted to curriculum committee chair to verify modifications). Note: if the program review includes a recommendation to discontinue the program, approval must also be given by the BOT Academic and Student Life Committee.
Scope: The Assessment Committee is a working body tasked with ensuring that assessment timelines and deliverables are met at the appropriate intervals. The membership includes academics, career development, faculty and the registrar’s office in order to ensure the various areas of assessment are conducted and reported in a timely manner.
Scope: The Cleary University Faculty Senate provides feedback and perspectives on hiring, onboarding, support, the teaching-learning process, classroom technology, and the environment for adjunct faculty at Cleary University. The Cleary University Faculty Senate also serves to create and approve new curriculum and changes to the existing curriculum through representation on the Curriculum Committee. Membership is composed of all full-time faculty members on a permanent basis and adjunct faculty members willing to serve on-year terms.
Members of the Faculty Senate will:
- Gather and provide input and feedback regarding the role and environment of the adjunct faculty member.
- Participate in and help plan content for faculty workshops and faculty conferences.
- Identify and recommend tactical actionable improvements to the process of hiring, onboarding, support, teaching-learning, technology, and culture for the adjunct faculty member.
- Identify and recommend strategic initiatives for improvements to the process of hiring, onboarding, support, teaching-learning, technology, and culture for the adjunct faculty member.
- Participate in and facilitate regular student assessment of learning.
- Participate in and facilitate the program review process.
- Participate in and facilitate the introduction of new programs and courses.
Board of Trustees
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