The President is the only individual who can make governance policy at Austin Peay State University. However, there is a system in place to provide input from University faculty, staff, and students concerning matters dealing with University operations. These groups include, but are not limited to, the Strategic Plan Steering Team, Deans Council, Provost’s Council, Faculty Senate, University Curriculum Committee, Graduate Academic Council, Graduate Research Council, and Teacher Education Council. (https://www.apsu.edu/governance/).
The Provost’s Council meets regularly and assists in the approval of policies, procedures, or processes related to academic matters. The Council is composed of the Provost and the Provost’s direct reports.
The Faculty Senate is the representative organization of the University faculty, and it speaks for and reports to the faculty on matters that concern the faculty. When appropriate, it also reports to other elements of the University on its deliberations and actions. The constitution and bylaws of the Faculty Senate are available at the Faculty Senate Web page. The Faculty Senate serves in an advisory role to the president. Faculty senators are elected by representative bodies of the faculty.
The Strategic Plan Steering Team is responsible for overseeing the University’s progress toward achieving its strategic plan. The Strategic Plan Steering Team is representative of all segments of the University and, as such, advises the President concerning institutional mission statements, goals, and objectives. The Strategic Plan Steering Team members are appointed by the President after consultation with representative bodies of the University.
The University Curriculum Committee receives and studies proposed changes in curriculum and makes final recommendations to the President of the University. The Committee may initiate studies of curricular concern and make resultant recommendations to the President of the University. It may deliberate and make recommendations relative to curricular proposals submitted to it through usual academic offices or by faculty organizations. In addition, the Committee advises on curricular matters that the President may submit to the Committee for its consideration. The General Education Sub Committee of the University Curriculum Committee shall serve the Vice President for Academic Affairs or the University Curriculum Committee. When either the Vice President for Academic Affairs or the University Curriculum Committee desires review of general education core issues, this standing committee will be available for this purpose.
The Graduate Academic Council is the principal body for the establishment of policies and procedures relating to the administration of graduate programs. The purpose of the Graduate Academic Council is to provide for effective participation and deliberation by those concerned with graduate programs. The Graduate Academic Council shall consist of members selected from the University administration, regular graduate faculty as well as one graduate student appointed by the Council. Graduate programs hosted in departments, schools, or colleges shall be represented based upon the size of their respective programs. Deans of colleges with departments that do not have graduate programs but offer graduate courses shall select one faculty member from their colleges for representation on the Council.
The Research Council (RC) monitors the research environment of APSU and deliberates additions and amendments to policies/regulations/guidelines impacting research activities and/or APSU employees engaged in research. The RC may initiate studies that are concerned with the welfare of research and advises the University in matters concerning research. The RC may engage in additional responsibilities as determined by the RC chairperson.
RC is chaired by the Associate Provost for Research and is comprised of two representatives from each college, a representative from Faculty Senate, a representative from the Office of the Research and Sponsored Programs, a representative from the Library, and a representative from Office of Student Research & Innovation. One of the two representatives from each college should have strong affiliations with a graduate program within the college. Only faculty representatives will have voting privileges.
The Council for Teacher Education formulates and recommends policy governing all aspects of teacher education programs; audits the execution of these policies; and approves, before submission to the Academic Council and/or Graduate and Research Council, all courses and programs which lead to licensure in teacher education. Members are appointed by the president upon recommendation from the dean of the Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education. The council has a maximum of 21 members with several designated members and at least one from each of the following areas: psychology/political science, health/HP, languages and literature, art/music/speech communication, natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences, K-6, special education, ELS/EdS, an undergraduate teacher candidate, a graduate education student and two public school representatives. The council includes five subcommittees: a student appeals committee, a secondary/K-12 education advisory committee, a unit assessment committee, an admission/retention committee and a program evaluation committee.
Appointments to standing committees are made each year by the president of the University. Faculty members have the opportunity to request appointment to a committee. The Nominations and Elections Committee of the Faculty Senate makes recommendations to the president.
The SGA serves as a link between the student body and the administration. It is composed of legislative, executive, and judicial branches. The legislative branch acts to assist students to attend functions, improve campus life, and make the voicing of student concerns clear to the faculty and administration. The executive branch, including the SGA president, is the primary liaison between the student government and the administration of APSU. The judicial branch, also known as the Student Tribunal, is the highest student court at APSU. Its primary function is to hear traffic appeals and adjudicate the legislative body's work.
The Staff Senate is the representative organization of the University staff, and it speaks for and reports to the staff on matters that concern the staff. When appropriate, it also reports to other elements of the University on its deliberations and actions. The constitution and bylaws of the Staff Senate are available at the Staff Senate Web page. The Staff Senate serves in an advisory role to the president. Staff senators are elected by representative bodies of the staff.