Last Updated September 29, 2009  

University Committees,
Task Forces, & Groups

Academic Program Review

Council Members: Nine senior faculty members, with at least one representative from each college. For each program review, a Program Review Panel of two UNO faculty members and one external reviewer is added as a subcommittee of the Council.

Academic Program Review is managed by the Graduate School and Academic Affairs and is responsible for reviews of all graduate and undergraduate academic programs. Senior faculty from each college participate in faculty panels and assist with reviews. Procedures, self-study details, and the review schedule are posted on the Academic Program Review website. The Academic Program Review Council provides the University Planning Committee with information having financial implications which is then prioritized and routed to the Budget Committee.

Budget Committee

Members: Tim Ryan, Chancellor (chair)
Vice Chancellor for Financial Services, Comptroller, and Chief Financial Officer; Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Student Affairs

This subcommittee of the Executive Committee oversees the university's annual budget cycle and reviews all budget requests. Its goal is produce a budget that will be approved by the Chancellor and the LSU System. It receives financial recommendations from inter-related committees, such as Academic Excellence, that have filtered through the Strategic Planning Committee. The Budget Committee systemically reviews these requests and makes the final budget submissions for the university.

Executive Committee

Members: Tim Ryan, Chancellor (Chair)
Deans, Vice Chancellors, Faculty representing the Policy Committee

UNO's Executive Committee serves as the executive management committee and includes Deans, Vice Chancellors and a representative of the University’s policy committee—a faculty member. As the university’s primary policy-making entity, it approves all university policy decisions. The Executive Committee serves as an advisory board for the Chancellor and assists in the development and implementation of the long-range strategic direction of the University.

Institutional Effectiveness (IE) Committee

Members: 2009 chair to be Named (chair)
Representatives include department chairs, faculty, Graduate School, Student Life, Financial Aid, Provost, University Relations and Campus Services, and Institutional Research and Data Management

The IE Committee oversees the university's annual Institutional Effectiveness planning, implementation, and assessment activities for academic and support programs. Analysis of IE assessments and new year plans yields financial implications that are referred to the Strategic Planning Committee for review and routing to the Budget Committee. Current departmental plans and committee members are available from SharePoint through the "Shared Documents" on the left panel.

The First Year Initiative Task Force

Members: Associate Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Enhancement (chair)
Director of the Academic Support Center; First Year Initiative Librarian; Director of the Learning Resource Center; Associate Vice-Chancellor for Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness; Coordinator for Student Learning and Persistence Activities; Chairs of Freshman English and Mathematics; and two student members (one Peer Advisor and one Peer Educator)

The charge to the FYI Task Force is to "oversee the implementation of First Year Initiative: Strengthening the Foundations of Academic Success, to institute assessment measures, to review outcomes, and to direct and coordinate modifications to the plan based on outcomes assessment."

The Quality Enhancement Plan has as its primary goal improving student learning for all new students, including those perceived to be at risk, while maintaining challenging academic standards. The objectives established to reach that goal focus on helping students develop the following skills and capacities: to think critically, to communicate, comprehend mathematics, and navigate technology effectively, to establish and persevere in individual academic and career paths, and to engage in the life and culture of the university.

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Task Force for Student Persistence and Recovery Initiatives (SPRI)

Director: Dr. Jean R. Cranmer, Director, Student Persistence and Recovery Initiatives
Created October 2007, the Task Force was charged with studying current trends in student persistence, investigating reasons for student attrition, and recommending ways and strategies for increasing persistence and raising graduation rates. Committee information is on SPRI's SharePoint site.

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Internationalization Task Force

Members: _________ Director, Office of International Students & Scholars (chair); Program Director, Intensive English Language Program; Professor, Biological Sciences; Director, Division of International Education; Assistant to the Chancellor; Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering; Professor, English & Director, Bachelor of Arts in International Studies; Professor, Educational Leadership, Counseling & Foundations; Assistant Librarian, Electronic Resources; Associate Director, Transfer and International Admissions; Professor, Management; Director, Office of International Students & Scholars; Professor, Urban & Public Affairs

The mission of the internationalization task force is to explore, develop, and recommend the ways and means by which the university can be internationalized. Specifically the task force is responsible for 1) developing goals and objectives to internationalize the campus, 2) developing strategies to accomplish goals and objectives and 3) communicating international educational objectives to various constituents.

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Urban Initiative Task Force

"... We will look at other great urban universities to compare ourselves and
to learn how they accomplished the success they have accomplished.”

From Chancellor Tim Ryan’s Inauguration Speech.

Members: Russell Trahan, Dean of the College of Engineering (chair)
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs (ex officio); Past President of Alumni Association; Chancellor’s Advisory Council; President Student Government; Professor of Education; Dean of Sciences; Dean of the Library; Vice Chancellor for Government, Community, and Diversity; Vice Chancellor for Technology and Economic Development; Assistant Vice Chancellor for Data Management, Analysis and Reporting

The Urban Initiative Task Force was formed in 2004 by Chancellor Ryan to help the administration develop a specific plan for the University of New Orleans to achieve national prominence. The task force includes faculty, students, administrators, staff, and business community representatives. It is charged with establishing a peer institution group, consisting of comparable urban universities, and gathering information about these institutions. The task force will compare UNO to these peer universities to learn how they accomplished their success and national recognition. The task force will operate as a subcommittee of the Strategic Planning Committee to continue to assimilate peer institution benchmarks into the strategic planning process of the university.

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Other University Committees

Faculty Council

Members: Tim Ryan, Chancellor (chair)
All full-time faculty at instructor's rank or higher and appointed for at least one year and administrators at the rank of dean or above. (Administrators that do not hold academic rank are non-voting members of the Faculty Council.)

The Faculty Council, or its designated standing committee, has coordinating authority in all matters involving establishment of curricula, standards of instruction, requirements for degrees, and, generally, for determining the educational policy of the university in matters that affect more than a single college, school, or division, and advises the administration in other matters as appropriate.

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University Senate (a standing committee of Faculty Council)

Members: Tim Ryan, Chancellor (chair) / C. Gregory Seab Professor, Physics (Faculty Chair)
President of the Student Government Association and one elected student, President of Alumni Association, President of UNO Staff Council, Chancellor, the chief academic officer, chief fiscal officer, four deans (two must be academic deans), representatives from each major unit, and twenty-four full-time faculty

A standing committee of Faculty Council, the University Senate has authority in all matters affecting more than a single college, school, or division and involving the establishment of curricula, the fixing of standards of instruction, the determination of requirements for degrees, and generally the formulation of the educational policy of the University in such matters, and shall advise the administration in other matters as appropriate. Any items under consideration by the University Senate may at its discretion be referred to the Faculty Council, prior to or in lieu of formal action.

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Policy Committee (a standing committee of Faculty Council)

Members: Tumulesh Solanky, Department Head /Chair of Mathematics (chair)
Faculty member from each college and one from the library elected by the respective faculties for staggered terms. The Senate Chair is a non-voting ex-officio member. Fulltime faculty with five academic years of service or tenure are eligible for membership.

The Policy Committee (a standing committee UNO Faculty Council) represents the faculty as an advisory committee to the Chancellor, making recommendations and stating faculty viewpoints concerning the policies and proposed policies of UNO. It also functions as a committee on committees and makes recommendations to the Chancellor concerning the selection of individual faculty members whom the Chancellor will appoint to the various University standing committees.

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Master Plan Development Committee

Members: Tim Ryan, Chancellor (chair)
All Vice Chancellors, the Provost, all Deans (Library, Metropolitan College, Colleges of Business Administration, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Sciences), Facilities and Construction Director, Master Plan Project Director, President of Student Government Association, Campus Safety Officer, Associate Vice Chancellor of University Computing Center, Chair of Policy Committee, Chair of University Senate, Chair of Staff Council, President of UNO Alumni Association, University Landscape Architect, Director, Auxiliary Services

The Master Plan Committee creates, reviews and updates the university master plan.

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Space Committee (Standing Committee)

Members: Joel Chatelain, Vice Chancellor for Campus Services (chair)
Vice Chancellor for Research and Sponsored Programs & Dean of Graduate School, Vice Chancellor Technology and Economic Development, and Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs

The Space Committee oversees space policy development, new buildings usage, relocation of office space, and other renovations that enhance the quality of campus life. Space-related requests are reviewed through this committee which evaluates, prioritizes, and makes recommendations to the Chancellor. The Vice Chancellor for Campus Services chairs this committee and incorporates any strategic planning implications, including funding, to other appropriate committee(s).

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