A61: Academic Council

April 28, 2020 revision

Official revision
Approved by Faculty Senate

Deans, directors, and department heads are responsible for ensuring that all related departmental processes, procedures, and/or documents are updated to reflect new or revised policies. The following new and revised policies pertain to the structure of the Faculty Senate, were approved by the Faculty Senate on April 28, 2020, and are posted to the Faculty Handbook.

A60 Faculty Senate Bylaws
A61 “Academic Council”
A61.1 “Admissions and Registration Committee”
A61.2 “Curricula Committee”
A61.3 “Senate Graduate and Professional Committee (SGPC)”
A61.3.1 “Honorary Degree Sub-Committee”
A61.4 “Teaching Enhancement Committee”
A62 “Athletic Council”
A63 “Business Council”
A63.1 “Budget Committee”
A63.3 Faculty Staff Benefits
A63.5 “Information Technology Committee”
A64 “HSC Council”
A65 “Research and Creative Works Council”
A65.1 “Library Committee”
A65.2 “Research Allocations Committee”
A65.3 “Research Policy Committee”
A65.4 “University Press”

This is the current revision of this policy.

Approved by: Faculty Senate
Effective: April 28, 2020
Responsible Faculty Committee: Academic Council
Office Responsible for Administration: Office of the University Secretary

Revisions to the Policy Rationale, Policy Statement, and Applicability sections of this document must be approved by the full Faculty Senate.

Policy Rationale

The Academic Council is charged with oversight of the teaching and curricula of the University of New Mexico (UNM) including the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels.

Policy Statement

The Academic Council has authority in academic matters that cannot easily or fully be handled by single existing Faculty Senate committees. Academic Council recommendations shall be reviewed by the Faculty Senate Operations committee and are subject to ratification by the Faculty Senate. Recommendations proposed by the Council will be taken to the Senate Operations Committee for deliberation and decisions.

The configuration of the Academic Council shall consist of the following Faculty Senate committees:

• Admissions and Registration Committee
• Faculty Senate Curricula Committee (FSCC)
• Senate Graduate and Professional Committee (SGPC)
• Teaching Enhancement Committee

Members of the Academic Council are the chairs of the committees that compose the Council. The Council Chair will be elected to a two-year term by a vote of the chairs of the committees in the Council. Ex-official, non-voting members of the Council are the Vice-Provost for Academic Affairs and the Vice President for Enrollment Management.


All UNM faculty, including the Health Sciences Center and Branch Community Colleges.

Revisions to the remaining sections of this document may be amended with the approval of the Faculty Senate Policy and Operations Committee in consultation with the responsible Faculty Senate Committee listed in Policy Heading.


There are no specific definitions required by this Policy.

Who should read this policy

• All UNM faculty.
• Academic administrators and staff.
• Administrative staff responsible for policy development.

Related Documents

Faculty Handbook:
A51: Faculty Constitution
A53: Development and Approval of Faculty Policies
A60: Faculty Senate Bylaws
A61.1: Admissions and Registration Committee
A61.2: Faculty Senate Curricula Committee (FSCC)
A61.3: Senate Graduate and Professional Committee (SGPC)
A61.3.1: Honorary Degree Sub-Committee
A61.4: Teaching Enhancement Committee


Direct any questions about this policy to Office of the University Secretary.


The Academic Council will schedule regular meetings. The Council Chair will meet regularly with the Operations Committee but no less than once each semester.


April 28, 2020 - Approved by Faculty Senatee

Office of the University Secretary
MSC05 3340
Scholes Hall, 103
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: (505) 277-4664