The Provost oversees approximately twenty standing committees and councils, serving variously in chair, co-chair and ex officio roles, for faculty groups charged with advising University leadership on institutional priorities and resource allocation.
Committees and Councils Chaired or co-Chaired by the Provost
The Provost serves ex officio on the following standing committees and councils:
The Data Security Taskforce reviews policy and practice regarding privacy compliance and risk assessment. The Taskforce recommends improvements, develops new policies and practices, and coordinates their implementation across the University through education and training programs.
DCAP serves as a forum for discussion of administrative issues affecting faculty University-wide. These include faculty career development, standards for letters of appointments, promotions issues, conflicts of commitment, conflicts of interest, retirement, and legal matters.
The University grants honorary degrees to individuals of great scholarly, artistic, public service, and/or philanthropic accomplishment. The Faculty Committee on Honorary Degrees, composed of a representative from each school of the University, votes on all honorary degree nominations before they are forwarded to the President and the Board of Trustees for final approval.
The University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and undertakes an extensive self-study every ten years to maintain its certification. The most recent decennial review was completed in 2004, followed by a 5-year interim report in 2009. The University is currently preparing for its next decennial review, scheduled for 2014.
Questions about the current Middle States accreditation process should be directed to the University's Middle States liaison, Assistant Provost Jason Adsit.
The Provost’s Multidisciplinary Awards grew out of the February 2008 report of the ad hoc Multidisciplinary Advisory Council, which recommended establishment of a centrally administered fund of $250,000 to fund multidisciplinary scholarship. The Multidisciplinary Fund Review Committee, comprised of faculty from across the University, who serve on a rotating basis, reviews applications and determines awards annually.
Questions about the Multidisciplinary Award process should be directed to Vini Falciano, University Director for Institutional Research
The University’s Student Learning Assessment Liaisons are faculty members appointed by their school deans to champion the process of developing reliable processes for determining student learning. They work with faculty colleagues to develop methodologies that substantiate outcomes and guide improvement of the teaching and learning environment. The resulting assessment data and curriculum revisions are also employed to satisfy regional and specialized accreditation requirements.
The University Dean’s Council is comprised of the senior deans of the University’s six schools. Convened by the Provost, the council meets monthly for the purpose of sharing information, enhancing coordination, and considering joint endeavors.
The University Standing Committee for Promotions is appointed by the provost in consultation with the president from a list of names submitted by the school deans based upon recommendations of department chairs. Fifteen tenured faculty serve on three subcommittees: Arts & Humanities; Physical & Biological Sciences; Social Sciences. The committees receive the materials submitted by candidates for promotion--detailed description of their research, teaching, and service activities, and letters of evaluation—which have been forwarded to the provost with the support of their dean. Based on its review, the promotion committee makes recommendations to the president and provost, who review the recommendation and subsequently make their own recommendation (when positive) to the Board of Trustees, whose decision is final.