The Academic Governance system includes committees and councils at the department, college and all-University levels. Each has a responsibility to consider matters of academic and educational policy relating to the specific function of the committee and/or council. Please visit the Academic Governance website at http://acadgov.msu.edu.

ASMSU
The General Assembly, composed of elected representatives from each undergraduate college, representatives from each Council of Progressive Students group and Council of Racial and Ethnic Student group, and each Major Governing Group, is responsible for appointing undergraduate student members to many Academic Governance committees and councils at the University level.

University Council
The University Council, composed of faculty, administrators and students is the highest body to consider issues concerning academic programs and procedures of the University. It also approves general student regulations and general statements on student rights and responsibilities. All operations are guided by the Bylaws for Academic Governance. (See Section 3.2, in the Bylaws for Academic Governance.)

UNIVERSITY-LEVEL STANDING COMMITTEES
University-Level Standing Committees have student members appointed by the ASMSU Academic Assembly. (See Article 4.2, in the Bylaws for Academic Governance.)

University Committee on Academic Governance conducts a continuing review of the Bylaws and is responsible for recommending amendments of these Bylaws to the University Council. The Committee also reviews the Bylaws at the College level. Seven positions are open to students. (See Section 4.3, in the Bylaws for Academic Governance.)

University Committee on Undergraduate Education consults with the Provost’s Office about changes in academic programs and procedures. Six positions are open to students. (See Section 4.4, in the Bylaws for Academic Governance.)

University Committee on Curriculum reviews and approves or rejects changes in undergraduate courses, curricula, and degree requirements proposed by academic units. Seven positions are open to students. (See Section 4.5, in the Bylaws for Academic Governance.)

University Committee on Faculty Tenure advises the Provost on procedures to be used in granting tenure or dismissing a faculty member. Three positions are open to students. (See Section 4.7, in the Bylaws for Academic Governance.)

University Committee on Student Affairs advises the Division of Student Affairs and Services on policies as they affect achievement; initiates and reviews amendments to the Academic Freedom Report and General Student Regulations. Seven positions are open to students. (See Section 4.9, in the Bylaws for Academic Governance.)

Students also serve on the committees below. Current membership lists can be obtained from the home page of the Academic Governance website under “Other Committees” at www.msu.edu/unit/acadgov/. For further information contact: Jacqueline Wright Secretary for Academic Governance, W32 Owen Graduate Hall, (517)355-2337.

Advisory/Consultative Committees

  • University Committee on Honors Programs
  • University Committee on International Studies and Programs
  • University Committee on Liberal Learning
  • University Committee for the Library
  • University Military Education Advisory Committee

Board Established Committees

  • All-University Traffic and Transportation Committee
  • Anti-Discrimination Judicial Board
  • Women’s Advisory Committee to the Provost
  • Women’s Advisory Committee to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Services
  • Women’s Advisory Committee to the Vice President for Finance and Operations