80.11 University Academic Council By-Laws Revised: January17, 2002
Through the University Academic Council (UAC), academic policies and procedures affecting the undergraduate curriculum and the academic organization shall be given full consideration by the faculty, students, and administration representing the academic component of the University.
Article I. FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The University Academic Council (UAC) has the following major areas of responsibility and authority:
A. Review, develop and recommend to the President of the University, through the Provost and
Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the Deans, any and all policies, proposals, procedures
and actions relating to the development, maintenance, and continuous improvement of quality
undergraduate education at Prairie View A&M University.
B. Provide oversight for the development, coordination, and dissemination of undergraduate
admissions policies to include separate criteria for admission to specific undergraduate
C. Develop methods of assisting the Office for Academic Affairs with maintaining consistently high
quality and intellectual integrity in the academic programs at
D. Promote quality, through the conduct of course and program reviews and monitoring of
effectiveness and efficiency.
Promote Quality. Standards of the Board of Regents, Texas A&M University System; Texas
Higher Education Coordinating Board; the Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools; recognized best practices applicable to distance education, academic
programs, and administrative structures; and the University will guide all reviews, recommendations, and actions.
The University Academic Council (UAC) shall recommend rules and procedures appropriate
to promoting the highest academic quality. It shall review all proposed courses and curricula to
discern the extent to which they are aligned with goals of the University, the objectives of
specific academic programs, and the needs of the State of
Conduct of Course and Program Reviews. The University Academic Council shall review
and make recommendations on requests for substantive and non-substantive undergraduate
course, program, and administrative changes.
The University is required to review its admissions standards. The President reports to the Texas
A&M University System Board of Regents (TAMUS BOR) the University's standards for the
upcoming academic year. Upon TAMUS BOR approval, the admission standards are reported
to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). As shown in figure 1, the UAC
reviews the University's undergraduate admissions standards as well as separate program
admissions standards (e.g. nursing) and periodically conducts audits to ascertain adherence to
standards. It recommends improved compliance where appropriate.
Monitor Efficiency and Effectiveness. The University Academic Council shall study all
course, program and administrative change requests to avoid unnecessary duplication across
disciplines and/or programs and to ensure that proposed changes reflect best practices.
In approving course, program, and administrative changes, the UAC shall ensure that measures
have been taken to provide adequate faculty, facilities, support personnel, faculty development,
library and instructional support, distance learning technology where applicable, and student
support services (e.g. career planning, counseling).
Article II. MEMBERSHIP AND PARTICIPATION
Two groups are recognized for attendance at meetings of the University Academic Council and participation in its affairs: 1) members and 2) other participants.
The membership of the University Academic Council shall be constituted as follows:
One member of the regular, full-time University faculty from each school/college appointed
by the dean or elected by the faculty at that college or school.
One member of the regular, full-time University faculty who is a member of the Faculty Senate
and who has been elected or appointed by that body to represent the Faculty Senate on the
University Academic Council (UAC);
The Director of Admissions:
Two student members to be elected annually by the Student Government Association;
Two college deans to be elected by the Council of Deans;
One professional staff member in addition to the Director of Admissions to be appointed by
the President from the staff of Student and Enrollment Services;
A member-at-large to be appointed by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
All members of the University Academic Council shall serve for two year terms except student
members and members-at-large who shall serve one year terms.
To ensure continuity in the UAC, the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Agriculture and Human
Sciences, Education, Engineering, and the
College will elect representatives in even
numbered years. The
Business , School of Juvenile Justice
and Psychology, and
Nursing will elect representatives in odd-numbered years. All
members from the listed schools/colleges shall be voting members.
B. Other participants
Individuals asked to attend any meeting of the UAC by the chair, another UAC member, or
by an invited guest are to notify the Chair of the intent to attend prior to the scheduled meeting.
Article III. OFFICERS
The University Academic Council shall be chaired by the Associate Provost and Associate
Vice President for Academic Affairs as designated by the Provost and Vice President for
The Co-Chair of the Council shall be a professional staff representative from Student and
C. Task Forces and Committees
The Chair of the University Academic Council may appoint committee chairs and task force
leaders from among the Council membership or, on an as needed basis, from among non-
members in the schools and colleges. Any member of the University community may request
a special committee or task force.
D. Other Support
The Chair shall ensure support personnel to assume duties associated with preparing for
meetings; maintaining records; managing correspondence; recording meeting minutes; and
ensuring appropriate distribution of materials, files, and documents approved for processing.
Article IV. ELECTIONS
A. Election Procedures
The election of members of the University Academic Council shall take place in the Spring of
each calendar year; the persons elected shall take office on the first day of the next academic
B. Terms of Office
The term of office of the Chair shall be coincident with occupancy of the administrative position
unless the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs elects to delegate the authority and
responsibility to another academic leader.
A person other than the Chair may serve no more than two consecutive two-year terms or three
consecutive one-year terms. In case of change in status, no individual other than the Chair
may serve more than four consecutive academic years.
Article V. MEETINGS
A. Quorum Requirement
For both regular and special meetings, with the exception of that part of a meeting called to
amend or adopt by-laws, a quorum shall be a simple majority of the voting members of the
University Academic Council. For that part of a meeting that addresses the by-laws of the
body, a quorum shall be two-thirds of the voting members of the University Academic
Council. In the absence of a quorum, those present may receive reports, may discuss matters,
may move adjournment, and may recommend to the Provost and Vice President for
Academic Affairs a date and time for an additional meeting. No votes shall be cast and
not other business requiring UAC action shall be transacted.
B. Regular Meetings Schedule
Regular meetings of the University Academic Council shall be held on the first and third
Thursday of each month of the regular session. Meetings during the summer session shall be
conducted as necessary. Task forces and Committees may continue to meet as necessary
during the summer. Normally, regular meetings will be held in the Academic Affairs
Conference Room. The Chair shall issue the call for each meeting. Either the Provost
and Vice President for Academic Affairs or the Associate Provost and Associate Vice
President for Academic Affairs may issue a call for a special meeting.
C. Agenda Pre-Approval Meetings
All substantive request shall be submitted no less than 30 days prior to the scheduled regular
University Academic Council meeting. All non-substantive requests shall be submitted no
less than 10 days prior to a scheduled regular meeting. The dean or his or her designee shall
schedule an appointment with the UAC chair to review proposed changes. Generally,
packages should be organized as outlined in Attachment 1. The major purpose of the
agenda pre-approval conference is to (1) clarify the intent of the unit presenting the proposed
change; (2) determine if the package is complete and ensure that all coding is accurate;
and (3) provide the presenters time to make any adjustments before the request packages
are distributed to members of the University Academic Council (UAC). In the event the
Chair is not available, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs shall be contacted
to schedule and conduct the agenda pre-approval meeting.
Article VI. PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
The rules contained in the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order shall govern the
deliberations and actions of the University Academic Council and its officers and committee
in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are consistent with these by-laws or
with any special rules of order of the Council. The President or the Provost and Vice
President for Academic Affairs may offer the amendments to these bylaws when, in
their judgment, the best interests of the University and its programs will be served.
Article VII. OFFICIAL ACTION
A. The minutes of the University Academic Council meetings shall be recorded, distributed for
review, approved by the membership, and made available for inspection and reference.
B. Official public announcements of the University Academic Council shall be made by the
Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Provost and
Vice President for Academic Affairs or the President.
C. Changes requiring approval by the President shall be transmitted to the President by the
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs; changes defined as non-substantive
(e.g. course title changes, course deletions) shall be transmitted by the Associate Provost
and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs to the Office of the Registrar for entry
into the system.
Article VIII. ARBITRATION
The University Academic Council shall upon identification of areas of existing or potential
academic conflict with respect to programs, curricula, course descriptions, administrative
changes, et cetera request that deans or their designees respond to concerns. Upon
consideration of information presented, the University Academic Council shall make a
recommendation of action to be taken. In the event conflict resolution is not forthcoming
from the hearing, the matter shall be referred to the Provost and Vice President for
Academic Affairs and, as appropriate, a representative of Student and Enrollment Services.
Article IX. ENACTMENT OF THESE BYLAWS
A. Procedure. These bylaws shall go into effect immediately upon approval by the University
Academic Council, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and the President.
B. Effect on Existing Legislation. Nothing in these bylaws shall be interpreted to modify or
nullify existing actions of the University Academic Council or other entities of the University
except as they may be consistent with these bylaws or amendments.
Article X. AMENDING OF BYLAWS
A. Procedure. These bylaws can be amended at any regular meeting called in whole or in part
for such purpose, by a two-thirds vote of those present and voting, provided that the
amendment has been submitted in writing at the previous meeting or submitted in writing
to the membership at least ten days prior to the day of the next meeting.
B. Effective Dates. Upon approval by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
and the President, an amendment of these bylaws shall go into effect as soon as specified in
the legislation authorizing such amendment.
C. Distribution. The secretary shall distribute copies of an approved amendment to the
President, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and the members of the
University Academic council not later than with the call for the next meeting following its
approval. At lease one correct copy of these bylaws, as amended, shall be available for
public inspection in the files of the University Academic Council, the Office for Academic
Affairs, the Office of the Student Government Association, and the Faculty Senate.
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