Academic Policy Committee (APC)

Academic Policy Committee

Terms of Reference

The Academic Policy Committee (“the Committee”) is a Standing Committee of Senate charged with making recommendations to Senate on all matters regarding academic policy. In particular, it shall, for the University and in consultation with faculties, develop proposals for the establishment and continuous review of academic programs, policies and structures, and proposals relating to teaching, learning, and research. The Committee may create subcommittees or working groups to deal with issues as appropriate.

The Committee shall review academic course and program proposals in order to determine whether they meet academic standards and are aligned with the academic mission and priorities of the University, whether they are based on an adequate body of knowledge, whether proposed teaching or learning methods and methods of evaluation of student performance are satisfactory, and whether the necessary human and material resources are in place.


1. The Committee or its subcommittees shall review:

a. existing programs and proposals for new or revised courses and academic programs, considering, as appropriate, the resources needed to offer these in line with the University’s academic standards;
b. proposals for the creation, assessment, renewal, restructuring, dissolution and non- honorific name changes of academic entities;
c. issues and proposals relating to international education;
d. proposals for teaching and learning policies for the University and for initiatives that enhance the quality of teaching and learning;
e. ongoing continuing education activities throughout the University and proposals for broad policies regarding continuing education;
f. the role of information systems and technology in the provision, management, and support of academic programs.

2. The Committee shall advise Senate and the appropriate officers of the University on developments that have implications for the long-term academic planning of the University, on the probable consequences of such developments, and on appropriate responses to them. In order to carry out these functions, the Committee shall keep informed of matters that have implications for academic planning, including developments in the field of higher education and in the public and private sectors.

3. The Committee shall report regularly to Senate on the following matters approved in the name of Senate:

a. creation, revisions and deletions of courses that are approved by the unit proposing them and by the faculty or faculties in which they are taught.
b. revisions and deletions of academic programs that are approved by the unit proposing them and by the faculty or faculties in which they are taught;
c. initiatives for enhancing teaching and learning for the University that are approved by the unit proposing them and by the relevant faculty or faculties;
d. new student exchange agreements that are proposed by the Office of the Provost.

4. The Committee shall report to Senate on all academic matters relating to teaching, learning, and research, with recommendations on the following:

a. creation, restructuring, dissolution, and non-honorific name changes of academic entities that have been approved by the faculty or faculties proposing them, and by the Research Advisory Council in the case of new research units;
b. creation of academic programs that have been approved by the unit, faculty, and, where appropriate, the Council of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and that, in the Committee's opinion, have met established criteria for the University;
c. changes in degree designations;
d. adoption and amendment of policies and regulations relating to teaching, learning, and research that have been approved by the University committees proposing them;
e. adoption and amendment of policies relating to research matters that have been approved by the Research Advisory Council;
f. adoption and amendment of policies relating to other academic matters under the purview of the Committee.

5. The Committee shall report at least annually to Senate on matters dealing with teaching and learning and other academic matters, and on its activities, concerns and plans for the academic year.

6. The Committee shall meet at least three times per semester during the academic year and may meet during the summer months.



Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) – Chair
Associate Provost (Teaching and Academic Programs) – Vice Chair
Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning)
Associate Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation)
Director of Libraries or Trenholme Dean of Libraries or delegate
Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies or delegate
Dean of Continuing Studies or delegate
Board of Governors representative
Chairs of APC Subcommittees
Director of Teaching and Learning Services or delegate
One member from each of the Faculties (named by Senate Nominating Committee).
Student members:
Three undergraduate students
One graduate student (and one alternate to serve in the member’s absence)
One student representative of Macdonald campus
One Continuing Studies student
Member with voice but no vote: University Registrar and Director of Enrolment Services
Committee Secretary


Source: Senate Minute 98, May 13, 1981

Senate Minute 8, September 22, 1993
Senate Minute 49, December 7, 1994
Senate Minute 120, May 15, 1996
Senate Minute 10, November 5, 1997
Senate Minute 7, January 31, 2001
Senate Minute 7, May 14, 2003
Senate Minute 11, October 6, 2004
Senate Minute 6, September 28, 2005
Senate Minute 12,  November 16, 2005
Senate Minute 7, March 8, 2006
Senate Minute 8, May 23, 2007
Senate Minute IIB3.2, October 15, 2008
Senate Minute IIB4.2, May 20, 2009
Senate Minute IIB6.1.1, May 15, 2013
Senate Minute IIB3, December 2, 2015


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