Office of the Provost

Committees

  • Committee on Academic Petitions
    Charge: The Committee on Academic Petitions (CAP) is a Committee with membership appointed by the Provost.  It is charged with considering and deciding student academic petitions, as set out in the SMU Statement of process for Undergraduate Student Academic Petitions.  The CAP is not charged with considering and deciding any type of student academic petition or complaint other than those that fit within the SMU Statement of Process for Undergraduate Student Academic Petitions.
  • Academic Records Committee
    Charge:
    • To exchange information, suggestions, and practices relating to academic records within the Schools and across the University
    • To identify and implement (with approval as necessary) best practices relating to academic records within the Schools and across the University
    • To identify academic records issues on which different practices or viewpoints exist within the University and, as appropriate, make recommendations as to resolving these differences

  • Provost Advisory Committee on Promotion and Tenure
    Charge: To advise the Provost in his decision to grant or deny promotion and/or tenure to faculty who are candidates

  • Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
    Charge:  This committee is charged with assuring humane treatment of research animals as is required by the National Institute of Health Standards and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • Assessment & Accreditation
    Charge: The charge to the committee is to review systems and strategies to insure the following SACS signification:
    Accreditation by SACS Commission on Colleges signifies that the institution
    (1) has a mission appropriate to higher education,
    (2) has resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that mission, and
    (3) maintains clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers, and that indicate whether it is successful in achieving its stated objectives.

  • Biosafety Committee
    Charge: To ensure compliance of the University Policy (#8.6.C.1) which states "All individuals who come into contact with or work in an area containing potentially hazardous biological materials must follow the regulations and guidelines established by such agencies as National Institutes of Health, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Texas Department of Health."

  • Center for Teaching Excellence
    Charge:  To coordinate issues on teaching effectiveness, faculty development and other related matters, and to recommend and implement policies pertaining to teaching effectiveness.

  • Council of Library Directors
    Charge:
    To coordinate library affairs of the University

  • Education Abroad Council
    Charge: Support SMU’s mission to broaden global perspectives within the University’s academic and student life programs.  Approve all undergraduate education abroad programs offered by SMU.  Education abroad encompasses traditional study abroad and other international experiences such as internships, research, service, and directed travel. This includes “SMU programs” (programs sponsored by SMU and led or taught at least in part by SMU faculty or staff) and “affiliated provider programs” (programs that SMU has approved normally through articulation agreements with the affiliated providers).

    Review the University’s education abroad policies and procedures for consistency with professionally recognized best practices, such as those approved by The Forum on Education Abroad in their publications Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad and Code of Ethics for Education Abroad.  The EAC will make recommendations when necessary to assist the University to achieve its goal for its education abroad policies and practices to be in keeping with professionally recognized best practices.

    Monitor the curriculum, credit hours, and other academic matters associated with SMU undergraduate education abroad programs. The relevant academic department or unit of the University shall attempt to resolve issues related to curriculum, credit hours, and academic matters. In the event that such issues cannot be resolved by the department or unit of the University, the EAC will resolve them, subject to appeal to the Provost.

    Maintain communication with departments and schools to reduce internal barriers to the creation of new programs and to ensure that any EAC discussions and decisions relevant to programs abroad are communicated to the departments/schools involved in a timely fashion.

    Support SMU’s efforts to maintain safety and risk management practices in regard to education programs abroad.

  • Engaged Learning Advisory Committee
    Charge:  To provide advice and guidance in the development and implementation of Engaged Learning policies, services and programming, and the assessment of its overall educational impact.

  • Emeriti Faculty Council
  • Faculty Athletic Admissions SubCommitee (FAAS)

  • Robert Stewart Hyer Society Selection
    Charge: To select outstanding students for membership in the Hyer Society and to determine appropriate activities for the group.

  • Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
    Charge:  This committee is charged with assuring humane treatment     of research animals as is required by the National Institute of Health Standards and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation

  • Institutional Review Board (IRB)
    Charge: To review research involving human subjects to judge whether or not subjects are placed at risk.

  • Strategic Enrollment Management Group
    Charge: To gather data and reports from various University constituents regarding their activities and perspectives relative to SMU enrollment management issues; in particular recruitment, retention, and financial aid, and submit reports on its findings, conclusions, and recommendations to the office of the Provost.

  • University Admissions Council
    Charge: To function as an advisory body to the Provost regarding admissions policies and to monitor admission practices for the entire University

  • University Research Council
    Charge: To review policies and recommend awards for the faculty      research and travel grants directed by the Associate Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies; to make finalist recommendations to the Provost for Ford Senior Research Fellowships.