Academic Policy and Planning Committee


Approved June 2014

Examines, formulates, and reviews long-term and short-term academic planning as well as comprehensive policies for the Faculty, including degree and non-degree credit studies.

In discharging its functions the Committee shall:

  1. In tandem with the Dean and in close consultation with Departments/Schools & Colleges, oversee the development of the Faculty Academic Plan, oversee coordination/implementation of the plan, and report to the Council on activities.
  2. Make recommendations to the Council on the feasibility of new Departments/Schools, Programs, Research Centres;
  3. Make recommendations to the Council on reviews of existing Departments/Schools, Programs, Research Centres;
  4. Direct advice on the employment of resources within the Faculty to the Dean;
  5. Make recommendations to the Dean on budgetary matters that affect academic programs;
  6. Advise the Dean on evening education, part-time and full-time studies, graduate education, and Faculty fundraising;
  7. Advise the Dean on the interplay of academic and budget issues in the development of the Integrated Resource Plan;
  8. Set policy with respect to the institutional development in areas of non-degree programming and the relationship between degree and non-degree studies
  9. Through the Non-Degree Studies Sub-Committee, receive proposals for non-degree studies new programs and/or certificates;
  10. Advise the Dean on matters related to the allocation of appointments of faculty members to the tenure stream (but not individual appointees) each year, preferably within the context of comprehensive budget proposals and in light of the Faculty Academic Plan and developmental plans of the various Schools/Departments within the Faculty;
  11. Access all relevant information through the Office of the Dean and report to the Council regularly on all advice given to the Dean.

Seven faculty members elected at-large for a three-year term
Two students appointed by the Student Council of the Liberal Arts & Professional Studies on an annual basis

Ex-officio (non-voting) members
Dean or dean’s designate
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies Representative on the Academic Policy, Planning and Research Committee of Senate
Chair of Faculty Council or designate
Staff Representative from the Strategic Planning Unit
Secretary of Council or designate

Faculty members will be elected at-large for a three-year rolling cycle. Members elected at-large will not be from the same Department/School. Each year, one-third of the membership turns over and will be replaced on a rotational basis by other faculty members from Departments/Schools who are not already represented on the Committee. At all times there shall be at least one member from each of the professional, humanities, and social sciences Departments/Schools

The Chair of the Committee is selected by the voting members of the Committee for a two-year term.  At least half of the voting members of the Committee, the majority of whom are full-time faculty members, constitutes a quorum.

Membership 2017-2018

Chair: David Szablowski, Department of Social Science

Merle Jacobs, Department of Equity Studies
David Mutimer, Department of Political Science
Daniel Cohn, School of Public Policy and Administration
Joanne Magee, School of Administrative Studies
Joseph Keeping, Department of Humanities

Representatives from SCOLAPS:

Ali Essop
Noorin Pattni

Ex-Officio Members (non-voting):

Ananya Mukherjee-Reed, Dean
John-Justin McMurtry, Associate Dean, Programs
Joanne Magee, LA&PS Representative on the Academic Policy, Planning & Research Committee of Senate
Carl Ehrlich, Chair of Faculty Council
Staff Representative from the Academic Planning Unit
Secretary of Council

Scheduled Meeting Dates 2017-2018

The Academic Policy and Planning Committee will normally meet the third Wednesday of each month (September - June) from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Room N926N, Ross Building.

2017/2018 Committee Meeting Dates
September 20, 2017
October 18, 2017
November 15, 2017
December 13, 2017*
January 17, 2018
February 21, 2018
March 21, 2018
April 18, 2018
May 16, 2018
June 20, 2018

*The December meeting will take place on the second Wednesday of the month due to the winter holiday.

Reports & Documents

LA&PS Strategic Plan and Implementation Scrolls

June 9, 2011 - A series of LA&PS Implementation Scrolls will be presented to Faculty Council. The documents have been drawn up in consultation with the Dean's working group on strategic planning, and overseen by the Academic Policy and Planning Committee of Council.

LA&PS Implementation Scrolls

June 24, 2010 - After many months of collegial discussion, development and community consultation, the LA&PS Strategic Plan, 2010-2020: Making Choices for Our Future, was overwhelmingly approved during a special session of Faculty Council.

LA&PS 2010-2020 Strategic Plan

LA&PS 2010-2020 Strategic Plan Appendices

On January 21, 2010, the LA&PS Faculty Council overwhelmingly approved the motion to adopt the the Faculty's Strategic Planning Framework.

LA&PS Strategic Planing Framework

Amended LA&PS Strategic Planning Framework (showing colour coded amendments)