Terms of Reference

The Academic Programs Committee of University Council is responsible for:

  1. Recommending to Council policies and procedures related to academic programs and sustaining program quality.

  2. Recommending to Council on new programs, major program revisions and program deletions, including their budgetary implications.

  3. Approving minor program changes, including additions of new courses and revisions to or deletions of existing courses and reporting them to Council.

  4. Considering outreach and engagement aspects of programs.
  5. Reporting to Council on processes and outcomes of academic program review, following consultation with the planning and priorities committee and other Council committees as appropriate.

  6. Undertaking the academic and budgetary review of proposals for the establishment, disestablishment or amalgamation of any college, school, department or any unit responsible for the administration of an academic program, and forwarding recommendations to the planning and priorities committee.

  7. Undertaking the academic and budgetary review of the proposed or continuing affiliation or federation of other institutions with the University and forwarding recommendations to the planning and priorities committee.

  8. Reporting to Council on the academic implications of quotas and admission standards.

  9. Approving the annual academic schedule and reporting the schedule to Council for information, and recommending to Council substantive changes in policy governing dates for the academic sessions.

  10. Approving minor changes (such as wording and renumbering) to rules governing examinations, and reviewing and recommending to Council substantive changes.

  11. Recommending to Council classifications and conventions for instructional programs.

  12. Designating individuals to act as representatives of the committee on any other bodies, when requested, where such representation is deemed by the committee to be beneficial.

  13. Consider the priorities of the University, such as Indigenization and internationalization, when assessing current and new academic programs and policies.

  14. Carrying out all the above in the spirit of a philosophy of equitable participation and an appreciation of the contributions of all people, with particular attention to rigorous and supportive programs for Indigenous student success, engagement with Indigenous communities, inclusion of Indigenous knowledge and experience in curricular offerings, and intercultural engagement among faculty, staff and students.

Curricular and Academic Unit Changes

View procedures for making Academic Unit or Curricular Changes.

Course Challenge

View University Course Challenge postings and challenge procedures.


June 2018

Request For Decision: Changes to Admissions Qualifications for the Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) program
Request for Decision: Graduate Certificates from the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
Report for Information: Annual report of the Academic Programs Committee of Council for 2017-18

April 2018
Request for Decision - Changes to Arts and Science Program Templates
Request for Decision - Admissions Qualifications change – English proficiency requirements for graduate programs in Plant Sciences
Report For Information - Project option for the Master of Arts (M.A.) program in French
March 2018

Request for Decision - Admissions Change MBA
Report for Information  -Graduate Program Review 2016-17

February 2018

Request for Decision:  Admissions Qualifications Change – Kanawayihetaytan Askiy diplomas in Aboriginal Lands Governance and Aboriginal Resource Management
Request for Decision:  Admissions Qualifications Change – Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in Biostatistics
Report for Information:  Deletion of the Northern Teacher Education Program (NORTEP)
Report for Information:  Second Degree Policy for the College of Agriculture and Bioresources
Report for Information:  Deletion of the Large Animal Clinical Sciences Field of Study for the Master of Veterinary Science (M.Vet.Sci) program

January 2018

Request for Decision:  Admissions Requirements Change - Bachelor of Education, Sequential Music Program (Secondary)
Report for Information:  Academic Calendar 2018/19
Report for Information:  French Common Law Option – program change with tuition implications
Report for Information:  Engineering Entrepreneurship Option – program change with tuition implications
Report for Information:  Name change and program change for Certificate in Aboriginal Theatre (now Certificate in wîcêhtowin Theatre)

December 2017

Request for Decision - Internationally Educated Teacher's Certificate
Report for Information - Master of Physical Therapy Program Change
Report for Information - Certificate in Indigenous Governance and Politics
Report for Information - Deletions of Biotech Fields of Study

November 2017

Request for Decision - Certificate and Diploma Guidelines
Request for Decision - Admissions Direct Entry PhD Chemistry
Request for Decision - Deletion of Master of International Trade

October 2017

Request for Decision - SENS Admission Change
Request for Decision - VRS Study Time Length
Report for Information - Admissions Templates
Report for Information - Architecture Recommendation
Report for Information - Jewish and Christian Origins

Programs and Fields of Study

View the approved University of Saskatchewan'ts approved Academic Programs List and Fields of Study.


Eleven members of the General Academic Assembly, at least five of whom will be elected members of Council, normally one of whom will be chair.  At least one member from the General Academic Assembly with some expertise in financial analysis will be nominated.
One sessional lecturer
One undergraduate student appointed by the U.S.S.U.
One graduate student appointed by the G.S.A.

Ex Officio
Vice-Provost Teaching. Learning and Student Experience
The University Registrar and Director of Student Services
The Vice-president (Finance & Resources) or designate (non-voting member)
The President (non-voting member)
The Chair of Council (non-voting member)

Resource Personnel (Non-voting members)
The Director of Enrolment and Student Affairs
The Director of Institutional Planning
The Director of Budget Planning

Committee Coordination 
Governance Office

Meeting Schedule

Meetings are held 2:30pm-4:30pm
  • September 6, 2023
  • September 20, 2023
  • October 4, 2023
  • October 18, 2023
  • November 1, 2023
  • November 15, 2023
  • November 29, 2023
  • December 13, 2023
  • January 10, 2024
  • January 24, 2024
  • February 14, 2024
  • March 6, 2024
  • March 27, 2024
  • April 10, 2024
  • April 24, 2024
  • May 8, 2024
  • May 22, 2024