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Joint Committee on Academic Planning

The Joint Committee on Academic Planning (JCAP) shall address academic planning and accreditation of the University. The recommendations of the Committee are advisory to the Office of the Provost and the Faculty Senate. It shall assist in monitoring progress of the University’s Academic Plan by suggesting modifications, additions, and deletions to the Plan as well as creating and coordinating task forces. The Committee shall be responsible for the regular review of the Academic Plan and ensure that it continues to reflect the needs of the University in light of new opportunities and challenges. It shall be responsible for periodic and systematic review of various aspects of the institution as required by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and shall ensure that the results of these reviews are used for continuing improvement. The Committee shall be provided, upon request, with necessary data and information by University colleagues across all Divisions and by representatives of Academic Plan task forces.

The Joint Committee on Academic Planning shall be chaired by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs with the Vice Chair of the Faculty Senate serving as JCAP vice chair. Members of the Committee shall include the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs; Special Assistant to the Provost for Academic Planning; Dean of Students in Student Affairs; Assistant Vice President for Business Services; Vice President for Research and Economic Development; Dean of the Graduate School; a Dean appointed by the Provost; an academic representative from the Feinstein Providence Campus appointed by the Vice Provost for Urban Programs; four members of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee; chairs of the following Faculty Senate committees: Curricular Affairs, Academic Program Review, and University College and General Education; and the Presidents of the Student Senate and Graduate Student Association or their designees. Other individuals from the URI community may be called upon to participate and contribute.

The Joint Committee on Academic Planning shall meet on a regular basis as needed, typically monthly, and shall submit recommendations to the Provost, the Faculty Senate, and committees of the University, as it deems appropriate. The Chair and Vice Chair of the Committee shall report to the Faculty Senate at least once each academic year, typically at a Senate meeting prior to April, and to the university community as appropriate.

Activities and process for Strategic Academic Plan 2016-21


Donald DeHayes, Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs, Chair
*Linda Welters, Vice Chairperson Faculty Senate, Vice Chair
Marilyn Barbour, Chair, Academic Program Review Committee
Laura Beauvais, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
Mary Jo Gonzales, Dean of Students and Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs
Jim Kinnie, Chair, University College and General Education Committee
*Kyle Kusz, Faculty Senate Executive Committee member
Ann Morrissey, Special Assistant to the Provost for Academic Planning
Norma Owens, Chair, Curricular Affairs Committee
*Damon Rarick, Faculty Senate Executive Committee member
Gerald Sonnenfeld, Vice President, Research and Economic Development
Mary Sullivan, Dean, College of Nursing
Naomi Thompson, Associate Vice President, Community, Equity, and Diversity
*George Tsaitas, Faculty Senate Executive Committee member
Annemarie Vaccaro, Interim Associate Dean, College of Continuing Education
Nasser Zawia, Dean of the Graduate School
Amanda Rode, Student Senate Representative
Lindsay McLennan, President, Graduate Student Association 

Schedule of Meetings

August 28, 2015
September 24, 2015
October 22, 2015
November 12, 2015
December 17, 2015
January 22, 2016 (Academic Summit)
February 25, 2016
March 17, 2016 (Cancelled)
April 28, 2016

Location: President’s Conference Room, Green Hall, 3:00 – 5:00 PM.

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