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Wilfrid Laurier University Office of the Vice-President:  Finance  and  Administration
June 29, 2016

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Mandate and Structure of the Academic Priorities Team

Mandate of the Academic Priorities Team
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To recommend to the Planning Task Force:

(i) Academic Program Definition
(ii) Criteria and weightings for the assessment of Laurier academic programs;
(iii) A template aligned with the selected criteria, including a series of questions to support the criteria;
(iv) Assessments based on the approved template of all assigned academic programs to support the classification of each program into one of the categories established by the Planning Task Force. The highest-ranking programs, as evaluated by the program review process, will be eligible for increased resources, whereas the lowest-ranking programs will be candidates for phasing out, subject to review.

    Structure & membership:
    • Membership of the academic priorities team was restricted to academic faculty/librarian members, academic administrators and two graduate students.
    • For the purposes of IPRM, academic administrators are defined as Deans, AVP Teaching & Learning and the University Librarian.
    • The Academic Priorities Team was constructed through a blended election/appointment process. Specifically:
      • 15 faculty/librarian members were elected.
      • 8 members were appointed from the nominations for faculty/librarians and academic administrators
      • 2 members are graduate students, appointed by the Graduate Student Association (GSA)
    • Appointments were made jointly by the VP Finance and Administration and VP Academic & Provost following consultation with the senior advisory team of the VPA and the senior team of the VPFA.
    • The VPFA and VPA appointed interim co-chairs of the academic priorities team (following consultation with their respective senior advisory teams).
    • The chair(s) could be members of the PTF.
    • The academic priorities team includes other members of the PTF.
    • Deans may participate as members of the academic priorities team.
    • The President and Vice Presidents are not members of the academic priorities team.

    Characteristics of Academic Priorities Team members:
    The following characteristics are essential for appointees (and therefore nominees) to the academic priorities team:

    • High credibility.
    • High integrity.
    • The nominees should be well-known among their peer groups, but each person does not have to be widely known throughout the entire university.
    • The nominees do not have to occupy any formal positions of leadership and management. However, they should be knowledgeable about the broader institution.
    • The academic priorities team will be a working group and will carry a significant responsibility and workload. Nominees should therefore be known for getting things done and meeting their commitments.
    • Awareness of fiduciary responsibility to the university as a member of the academic priorities team and consequent willingness and capacity to adopt an institutional (versus parochial) perspective.?