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.

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)

Committee Coordination
Governance Office

Meeting Schedule 2023-2024

2023-2024 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

2024-2025 Tentative meeting plan:

  • Term 1: Typically every second Wednesday from 2:30-4:30pm

  • Term 2: Typically every third Wednesday from 2:30-4:30pm