1) Academic and Campus Planning Committee (ACPC)
Terms of Reference: The committee concerns itself with the future of St. Thomas University as a small, Canadian, Catholic, liberal arts educational institution. Although academic planning is its first responsibility, it evaluates the physical plant in relation to the academic functions of the University. It considers these matters on its own initiative, or in view of representations made to it by the Administration, the Senate, the General Faculty Council or individual members of the University community, and makes recommendations, as appropriate, to the senate or to the Administration. It also advises the Senate on the promotion and co-ordination of the continuing education and extension programs of the University.
Membership: The committee consists of six members of whom two shall be students and four shall be faculty members.
Report: Twice annually, in December and March.
2) Admissions and Academic Standing Committee
The committee recommends to the Senate policies and regulations to govern the admission of students to the University and the academic standing of students within the University. It advises the Registrar concerning responses to written petitions from students who seek exemptions from the academic regulations of the University. It advises the Director of Admissions concerning responses to written petitions from students who seek exemptions from the admissions regulations of the University. It advises the Senate on methods of evaluating the academic performance of the students of the University.
It recommends to the senate policies and regulations governing scholarships, bursaries and other academic student awards granted by the University. It assists other award granting groups upon their request.
Membership: This committee consists of the Registrar (or designate), ex-officio and the Director of Admissions (or designate), ex-officio, three members of the academic staff and one student.
Report: At least once annually, in March.
3) Appointments to the Academic Staff (CAAS)
Terms of Reference: Without involvement in the evaluation of candidates for appointments, this committee helps the senate to advise the administration concerning the academic aspects of proposed appointments to the academic staff, full-time or part-time, with reference to the needs of the academic departments, and the desirable relative personnel strengths of these departments. It receives copies of proposals made to the President of the university by the departments, the senate or administrative officials for such appointments, and evaluates these proposals by the standard of the academic objectives of the university. After consultation with the departments making such proposals, other departments involved in these proposals, the President and Vice-President (Academic and Research), it recommends to the Senate, with reasons, the adoption or rejection of the proposals received, or the adoption or alternative proposals.
Membership: This committee consists of five members of the academic staff elected by the Senate after the latter has received nominations from the nominating committee and the general faculty council.
Report: Twice annually, in December and March
4) Curriculum Committee
Terms of Reference: The committee advises the Senate on the existing curriculum and programs of the University, on proposed changes in the curriculum and programs, and on descriptions of the curriculum and programs proposed for publication.
Membership: The committee consists of five members of the academic staff and two students.
Report: Twice annually, in December and March.
5) Nominating Committee
Terms of Reference: The committee submits names to the Senate for all foreseen and existing vacancies on Senate standing committees which are to be filled by Senate elections, including vacancies in the position of chair of the committees.
Membership: This committee consists of the Vice-President (Academic and Research) as Chair, ex officio, one member of the Senate, two members of the academic staff. Elections to this committee are made by the Senate in March of each year.
Report: Once annually, in May
6) Research Committee
Terms of Reference: The committee recommends to the Senate policies and regulations governing research in the University and promotes research activity on campus. It allocates research funds made available to it, after evaluating the merits of the research proposals submitted to it. In addition, it reviews requests for research grants in lieu of salary and makes recommendations to the President on same.
Membership: This committee consists of the Vice-President (Academic and Research) as Chair, ex officio, the NSERC liaison officer and three members of the academic staff.
Annual Report: Twice annually, May and December
7) Senate Review Coordinating Committee (SRCC)
Terms of Reference: The SRCC will coordinate the review process and will formulate, based upon the recommendations of the Review Team and the Department's response, recommendations for the Senate.
Membership: The SRCC is composed of three members, including the Vice-President (Academic and Research) as Chair and two faculty members of Senate, elected by Senate, who are not members of any department under review. Senate members of the SRCC will be appointed to one year terms.
8) Student Academic Grievance Committee
Terms of Reference: The committee advises the Executive Secretary of the disposition of the academic grievances of students which he is unable to deal with routinely.
Membership: This committee consists of the Registrar as Executive Secretary, ex officio, three members of the academic staff and two students.
Annual Report: Twice annually, December and March
9) Teaching and Learning Development Committee
Terms of Reference: The committee fosters and promotes discussion of and reflection on teaching among the faculty at St. Thomas; consults with the faculty and students on initiatives to improve the quality of learning and teaching at St. Thomas; advises, consults with, and assists the Learning and Teaching Development Officer on initiatives to improve the quality of learning and teaching at St. Thomas; promotes and maintains liaison with similar organizations and offices at other universities ; recommends to Senate, to appropriate Senate committees, and to the Administration actions the committee believes would be in the best interest of the climate for learning and teaching at St. Thomas.
Membership: The committee is composed of four faculty members, two students and the Learning and Teaching Development Officer. The Chair of the committee will be elected annually by the committee.
10) International Education Committee (IEC)
The IEC promotes, assesses, and advises the Senate on Study Travel Proposals, academic exchanges, and other international educational opportunities for faculty and students.
Membership: The IEC is composed of seven (6) members, including the Dean of Humanities or the Dean of Social Sciences as Chair, three (2) members of the academic staff, the Director of Admissions or designate, one (1) representative from the Registrar’s Office, and one (1) student. Faculty members will serve for staggered two-year terms and the student member will serve for a one year term.
Report: When necessary and once annually, in May.