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What is the University Academic Senate?

The University Academic Senate is responsible for advising the senior administration and board of trustees on matters crucial to the success of Marquette University’s academic mission.  It is co-chaired by the Provost and a chair elected from the UAS faculty senators, and its membership includes elected faculty senators, undergraduate and graduate students representatives, and appointed and ex officio deans and vice provosts. 

The UAS came into being in 2007 as the result of recommendations from the Shared Governance Task Force, which were approved by the Academic Senate and Committee on Faculty (both of which it supersedes) , as well as the Provost, President, and Board of Trustees.  The statutes, bylaws, and committee structure of the UAS aim to improve university governance with increased representative decision-making on key academic policies, fora for timely consultation, and opportunities to raise issues of concern. 

How does the UAS work?

The UAS meets the third Monday of each month while classes are in session.  Meetings are open to all members of the Marquette community.  The UAS Executive Board, comprised of the Provost, the chair, vice chair and secretary of the UAS, faculty council chair, two elected senators, and a dean from the UAS, sets agendas, which are posted on the UAS website one week prior to meetings.  Issues coming before the UAS range from new academic programs, to policies on contingent faculty, to appointments of deans, to promotion and tenure procedures.  Minutes of UAS and UAS standing committee meetings are posted to the UAS website. 

The standing committees of the UAS are:

In addition, these committees report to the Provost and UAS

How can you get involved?