University Standing Committees

University Standing Committees

To study, review, and make pertinent recommendations on academic policies and procedures including admission, retention and dismissal, repeat grades, withdrawal, academic calendar, and suspension of library privileges. The scope of study and review of the Academic Policies and Standards Committee is limited by the published "purposes" of other standing committees of the University Academic Senate.

Current Representatives: 

Graduate Student Representative: Melanie Barts 

The role of this Advisory Committee is to provide recommendations to Facilities Planning on planning, remodeling, and building academic facilities at Grand Valley, with the goal of providing an optimal teaching and learning environment. Specific responsibilities include:

  1. Serve as a liaison between the Grand Valley academic community and Facilities Planning
  2. Inform and advise Facilities Planning on factors that affect teaching and learning; most importantly (but not limited to) classroom design.
  3. Maintain a collaborative relationship with the building project committees in order to facilitate faculty input into decision-making.
  4. Review current classroom space and make recommendations for future new and remodeled classrooms.

Current Representatives:   My'Kel Brown-Thomas

Graduate Student Representative: Sarah Tibbe 

  1. To study pertinent data and make recommendations to the Senate through ECS on the allocation of funds within the Grand Valley budget as a whole as well as within the budgets of the administrative divisions.
  2. To study pertinent data and make recommendations to the Senate through ECS on the items of the budget, compensation, or faculty security.
  3. To study pertinent data and make recommendations to the Senate through ECS, at both the Prospectus and New Program Proposal stages, on proposals for the establishment of additional units/programs at Grand Valley.

Current Representative: John VanDaele

Graduate Student Representative:  Roderick Vogel 

  1. To review and act upon courses proposed for the General Education Program;
  2. to review and act upon program requests for exceptions;
  3. to carry out, on a rotating basis, assessment of the General Education courses so that each course is assessed every three years;
  4. to call meetings of all faculty to discuss the aims, philosophy, and problems of the General Education Program;
  5. to propose revisions to the General Education Program as seems prudent and necessary.

Current Representative: John Lurie 

  1. To review and recommend actions upon new courses proposed for graduate programs and/or revisions to current graduate courses or programs.
  2. To review and recommend actions upon and, as needed, initiate policies and standards related to graduate education that ensure consistency, equity, and fairness, while not impinging upon the disciplinary expertise and responsibility of the program faculty. This shall include matters related to admission, program progress, and completion for post-baccalaureate students in non-degree, certificate, and degree program statuses.
  3. To review and recommend actions upon requests for exceptions to university minimum standards or policies.
  4. To review and recommend actions related to new graduate degree and certificate programs and to review and recommend actions related to existing graduate programs at the time of assessment and/or program review and/or accreditation.
  5. To consider and recommend graduate financial aid policies and options and advise on allocation of university financial support for graduate students.
  6. To call meetings of all faculty to discuss emerging issues in and strategic planning for graduate education at Grand Valley.
  7. To identify and monitor quality indicators of graduate education.

Student Representation: Two graduate student representatives from different graduate programs, selected by the Graduate Student Association (GSA). Each subcommittee will have a graduate student representative. (For more information on GC, please contact the GSA. These student representatives are not approved by Student Senate.)

Current Representative: Fred Lawrence

The role of the Advisory Committee is to provide advice on policy, direction, and performance of the Pew FTLC. The committee will:

  1. Serve as liaison between the Grand Valley community and the Administrative Staff.
  2. Provide information about faculty development needs.
  3. Provide feedback to the Administrative Staff about faculty responses to the Pew FTLC and its activities.
  4. Develop Pew FTLC policies.
  5. Review proposed programs and activities for the Pew FTLC.
  6. Initiate and/or respond to discussions of teaching and learning issues, referring them to appropriate bodies if necessary.
  7. Establish grant funding priorities, and to establish a sub-committee to review applications for faculty teaching renewal and development grants.
  8. Annually review the effectiveness of the Pew FTLC's program activities, and report results to ECS/UAS.
  9. Review annually the physical resource and space needs for the Pew FTLC.
  10. In the case of a vacancy, assemble a search and selection committee for Pew Administrative Staff.

Current Representatives: Dan Ziegenfelder 

Graduate Representative:  Sarah Rietema 

The UAC’s primary responsibilities are to oversee and support the process of assessing units (including assessing student learning outcomes). It does so by reviewing assessment plans, progress reports and self-studies for all academic majors, academic units and service units.

Current Representative: Ashley Oerman

Graduate Student Representative:  Danielle Dunneback 

The UCC is responsible for a wide range of curriculum matters at Grand Valley; its responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: 

  1. To review and recommend to the ECS/UAS on all degree requirements and on all new program proposals;
  2. To review and recommend on all proposals involving academic credit, including continuing education;
  3. To review the courses recommended by the colleges to fulfill the General Education requirements;
  4. To review the Honors courses and seminars which will take the place of General Education requirements in the Honors Program;
  5. To review the proposals of the colleges for programs to be offered off-campus and to recommend to ECS/UAS on matters of purpose and function of off-campus and summer programs;
  6. To oversee the online curriculum development process. 

Current Representative: 


The Council’s responsibilities will include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Participate in a FTLC faculty development workshop for online/hybrid pedagogy in order to best facilitate OEC recommendations to the faculty;
  2. Develop university pedagogy and oversight standards for online and hybrid programming consistent with traditional courses offerings;
  3. Evaluate online and hybrid offerings (the recommendation of OEC will be appended to the online curricular system, analogous to current recommendations by IT and University Libraries);
  4. Create recommendations for faculty development of faculty who teach online and hybrid offerings;
  5. Review and make changes to curricular forms that address online and hybrid pedagogy issues when appropriate;
  6. Request changes to Syllabus of Record in cases of substantial change to existing course due to online/hybrid delivery mode;
  7. In consultation with FTLC, develop student evaluation instrument to be used in all online and hybrid courses that include questions particular to online/hybrid pedagogy as determined by best practices;
  8. Create communication plan of online and hybrid course offerings in these programs to internal offices (e.g. Admissions, University Libraries);
  9. Develop recommendations of consistent workload guidelines with regard to online and hybrid curriculum, in consultation with other faculty governance committees;
  10. Develop assessment tools for online and hybrid courses, in consultation with FTLC and UAC. 

Graduate Student Representative:  Rebecca Kolodge 

For more information on these committees, please consult the Faculty Handbook.

Page last modified April 19, 2017