This general description of the academic senate focuses on its structure and role
in Institute governance. The majority of this information is taken from the Academic
Functions of the Academic Senate
The academic senate has two primary functions:
of the Academic Senate
- to assist in the governance
of the Institute and to advise the Board of Trustees, the president, the provost,
and the deans — as appropriate — in the creation of policy and/or
its implementation; and
- to speak as the primary voice of the faculty of
the Schools of Architecture, Art and Design, Information and Library Science,
Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Library.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited
to, the following:
of the Academic Senate
- recommending and approving academic policies and
procedures which have an impact on academic quality and integrity;
structures of programs, curricula, and schools;
- providing for appropriate
review of course additions and changes;
- facilitating the process
of the development and implementation of academic initiatives;
- establishing committees on appropriate issues;
- interviewing prospective deans, vice-presidents, provosts, and presidents;
- appointing faculty members to the Board of Trustees’ standing committees;
- nominating a faculty trustee;
- appointing faculty and chair
membership to Institute search committees as requested.
The senators, elected to serve for three-year
terms, will be approximately eighteen to twenty in number and shall be drawn from
each of the Institute’s schools and the library.
of the Academic Senate
for Membership on the Academic Senate
- Full-time faculty: at least one full-time
faculty member from the Library and each of the schools of the Institute: Architecture,
Art and Design, Information and Library Science, and Liberal Arts and Sciences.
In schools with more than twelve full-time faculty, there will be one representative
for each twelve or major fraction thereof.
- Part-time faculty: four
part-time faculty members elected from the School of Art and Design; two part-time
faculty members elected from School of Architecture; and one part-time faculty
member elected from the remainder of the part-time faculty (the School of Liberal
Arts and Sciences, the School of Information and Library Science, and the Library).
These numbers represent a proportional representation at the ratio of approximately
1 to 70.
- Chairs: one chair from each of these undergraduate and graduate
units of the Institute: Undergraduate Art and Design, Graduate Art and Design,
Undergraduate Architecture, Graduate Architecture; and one chair representing
the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Information and Library
Science, and the Library combined.
- Alternate member: in the event
that a senate position becomes vacant, the person receiving the next highest number
of votes for that position will become the representative, provided that the voting
body and the pool of potential nominees remains the same. An interim election
will be held if either the voting body or the pool of potential nominees has changed
significantly as determined by the executive committee of the academic senate.
Officers of the
Academic Senate: President; Vice-President; Secretary; Treasurer
- Faculty: full-time, adjunct, and visiting faculty;
- Chairs: Those who teach regularly scheduled classes in
their subject areas.
for Key Positions
- These officers (who serve three-year terms) constitute the executive committee
of the academic senate. The executive committee is elected by secret ballot of
the newly constituted senate. Passage of actions may be by majority of the executive
- The executive committee will verify the standing committees,
and create and coordinate a master schedule of senate and standing committee meetings
for each academic year.
- The executive committee has the authority
to act when the senate is not in regular session; however, reasonable effort to
poll senate members is expected.
- If the president is chosen from
among the members of the senate (as opposed to the faculty-at-large), the replacement
shall be the alternate member.
- The president of the academic senate
will preside over all senate meetings and supervise any senate staff. In addition,
the academic senate president will represent the academic senate at the Institute
president’s senior staff meetings and at meetings of the board of trustees.
The following key positions shall
receive an annual stipend (or appropriate prorated portion for partial terms served),
based upon the minimum starting salary in effect for full time professors as defined
in the CBA as follows:
President 24% of minimum starting
Chairperson, Academic Programs and Policies Committee 12%;
Academic Initiatives Committee 12%; and
Chairperson, Academic Concerns
and Support Committee 12%
An annual stipend (or appropriate
prorated portion for partial terms served) shall also be provided for the following
Distinguished Teacher 4%
shall be paid semiannually; on the second part-time pay date of each semester.
Persons holding more than one compensated position within the academic senate
(with the exception of Distinguished Teacher) shall receive compensation for only
the highest paid position.Administrators' Relationship
to the Academic Senate
Duties and Powers of the Academic Senate
- The president of the Institute, the
provost, and other administrative officers shall be invited, at appropriate times,
to meet with the senate.
- Relevant administrators may not stand for
election as senators or vote in senate elections, but depending on their area
of expertise will be asked to serve on ad hoc or standing committees as ex-officio
(non-voting) members according to procedures outlined below.
- The academic senate
may review courses and programs at Pratt Institute and may recommend that courses
and programs be introduced, accepted, rejected or discontinued. It also makes
recommendations in the composition of major search committees and task forces
established by the administration.
- The senate may request from the
president of the Institute, or the provost, as appropriate, a formal response
to any study, recommendation, or action sent forward for special consideration
by the administration.
- The senate may establish ad hoc committees
and may also recommend issues to be taken up by the standing committees.
standing and ad hoc committees of the academic senate will be established as needed,
to be determined by the academic senate. Committees other than the executive committee
may have non-senate members serving in an ex-officio capacity.
is expected that senators will report to colleagues on the major issues discussed
or being considered by the senate. A news bulletin will be published campus-wide
each semester noting the actions taken by the senate.
The quorum for academic senate meetings is sixty percent
(60%) of elected members.
Regular meetings will be held biweekly during
the fall and spring semesters, or as often as deemed necessary by the executive
The academic senate will convene at least once, after the eighth
week of each of the fall and spring semesters, a meeting of the faculty and chairs,
presided over by the president of the academic senate. Presentations on issues
regarding the Institute and academic governance will be made by the president
of Pratt Institute and the president of the academic senate. It is the responsibility
of the senate to set the agenda for this meeting.
The rules contained in
the Modern Edition of Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern the academic
senate in all cases where they are not inconsistent with these bylaws and any
special rules of order the senate may adopt.
Standing Committees of the Senate
Each senator, with the exception of the president of the senate,
will serve on one of the standing committees. All standing
(and ad hoc) committees of the senate should have membership
from each school, generally in the same proportion as their
senate membership. Members will serve one-year terms and may
be appointed to a second term. Committees will select a chair
who will report to the senate and will maintain records of
the actions taken.
The following standing committees report to the senate:
of the Senate
Programs and Policies, which examines educational goals and policies, including
but not limited to the following: curriculum study and development; proposals
for all course additions, course changes, and degree programs (passing on its
recommendations to the senate for its consideration); and academic policies and
procedures relating to instruction. Membership of the committee consists of five
senators. The committee consults with appropriate student, staff, and administrative
- Academic Initiatives, which engages in the exploration
of academic ideas, examines their desirability and their institutional impact,
and seeks to ensure the academic integrity of newly approved initiatives.
- Academic Support, which reviews and makes recommendations on all non-instructional
aspects of academic services and activities, including coordination of the nominations
for the annual Distinguished Teacher award, and advisory assistance with policies
and procedures included in this handbook, admissions standards, scholarships,
student honors and awards, and honorary degrees.
- Nominations and
Elections, which appoints nominees for senate standing and ad hoc committees and
for committees of the board of trustees. It conducts the elections for officers
and senators of the academic senate.
Faculty representatives on the standing committees
of the board of trustees, appointed by the senate, are expected to report to the
senate regarding matters that come before their committees. Some of these matters
the senate may deem appropriate for senate study and action.
The dean of each school shall conduct elections for the
various committees for that school.
on Academic Standing
The Committee on Academic Standing reviews and
recommends changes in policies and procedures relative to the scholastic standing
of students, and recommends to the dean action to be taken concerning probation,
dismissal, or suspension of students falling below minimum standards in academic
study and/or professional conduct. The committee reviews student academic progress
and recommends such actions as probation, dismissal, or suspension of students,
and hears appeals of dismissed students.
The faculty of each school, and/or each
department, together with the department chairs and dean are required to establish
appropriate policies and procedures for the review of curricula. These school
or department curriculum committees will study and make recommendations to the
dean concerning the introduction, modification, or abolition of courses of instruction,
curricula, or programs of study leading to degrees and certificates.
for course and curriculum changes are normally prepared and presented to the dean
by the academic departments. Proposals for changes must be submitted with syllabi,
course descriptions, grading and evaluation requirements, and other appropriate
documentation, including impact on existing credit distribution and requirements,
needs and changes in faculty staffing and departmental equipment, and budget implications.
proposals for course and curriculum changes should be submitted using the standard
form issued jointly by the provost and by the senate Academic Programs and Policies
committee, and available in the deans office. To ensure a timely review,
proposals should be submitted to the deans office for review no later than
October 15 of the year prior to the academic year in which they are proposed to
Following approval by the dean, these curricular proposals
are forwarded to the provosts office for simultaneous reviews by the deans
council and the academic senate.Departmental Committees
on Appointment, Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure
In accordance with
the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (article 16), the faculty members
in each department are responsible for establishing a peer committee to:
criteria of eligibility, fitness, and evaluation of their peers;
- Set up
procedures to assure that these criteria are followed;
- Review and recommend
faculty in the first stage of the process for appointment, reappointment, promotion