The Academic Senate has enjoyed a 50-year history as the university’s primary policy-making body for a wide range of issues involving academic life at CMU. The Senate has a long tradition of productive and open debate and is committed to enhancing the academic experiences of students and faculty. The senate is the final faculty curricular authority for graduate and undergraduate programs, both on-campus and off-campus at CMU.
As a shared decision-making body, the senate’s membership consists of representatives elected by each academic department, six fixed-term faculty elected by each of the six applicable colleges, six student representatives chosen by the Student Government Association, the deans, the chief diversity officer, the provost, and the president. Academic Senate meetings are open to the public and are live-streamed for users with appropriate log-in information. Meetings are typically held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.
- Scheduled Meetings
- Presentations to Academic Senate
- President and Provost’s Reports
- Academic Senate Policies & Procedures
- Index of Senate Actions
- Annual Reports
The Academic Senate Executive Board (E-Board) reviews items to be presented at full Academic Senate meetings. The E-Board is responsible for setting the Academic Senate agendas, reviewing modifications to existing degrees, addressing appeals from Academic Senate Review Committees, and periodically evaluating activities and recommendations of advisory committees.
Navigation Guide to Academic Senate Documents
Academic Senate materials are provided here for interested constituents and historical reference. Users can view the Academic Senate minutes to gain insight into decisions made to formulate academic policies and procedures. Similarly, users may refer to the Academic Senate Policies & Procedures for official documentation of academic decisions. At each Academic Senate meeting, the President and Provost provide reports on topics such as enrollment and budget projections, hiring searches, academic awards, accomplishments, and other topics that impact the university’s academic community. Users can also access the Presentations to Academic Senate folder that contains presentation materials such as General Education, budget, accreditation, and more. A comprehensive summary of past Senate actions can be accessed within the Index of Senate Actions. Annual Reports provide a list of goals and achievements on the work of the Academic Senate.