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 Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) 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 Academic Faculty and Initiatives; Vice President for Student Affairs; Vice President for Research and Economic Development; Vice President for Community, Equity and Diversity; Dean of the Graduate School; a Dean appointed by the Provost; 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 during the academic year, 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.


Laura Beauvais, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Chair
Bahram Nassersharif, Vice President of the Faculty Senate, Vice Chair
Sean Rogers, Vice President, Community, Equity & Diversity
Anne Veeger, Vice Provost, Academic & Faculty Initiatives
Patricia Crawford, Graduate Students Association
Megan Echevarria, Faculty Senate Executive Committee member
Graham Forrester, Faculty Senate Executive Committee member
Mayrai Gindy, Faculty Senate Executive Committee member
Valerie Maier-Speredelozzi, Faculty Senate Executive Committee member
Abby Benson, Senior Advisor to the President, Chief of Staff
Peter Snyder, Vice President, Research and Economic Development
Chris Hoover, Student Senate
Brenton DeBoef, Dean, Graduate School
Ellen Reynolds, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs
Annemarie Vaccaro, Associate Dean, CEPS

Meeting Dates (all meetings 3pm – 4:30pm)

September 8, 2022
October 6, 2022
November 3, 2022
December 1, 2022
January 5, 2023
February 9, 2023
March 9, 2023
April 6, 2023
May 4, 2023

Location: Green Hall, 2nd Floor, Great Room