D. Governance and Review
From Academic Guide
Trustees of Indiana University
The Trustees of Indiana University receive communications and recommendations submitted to them by the President and by their own committees. In addition, the Trustees frequently hear presentations by representatives of the student body, staff, and faculty. Trustees of Indiana University have ultimate authority for matters of governance at Indiana University.
Given the complexity of the University and its structure, the Bloomington Faculty Council (BFC) has recognized a need to develop special channels of communication between the Faculty and the Trustees of Indiana University. In response to the Council's concern, the Faculty Relations Committee of the Trustees has increased its efforts to provide time regularly (in connection with the monthly Trustees meetings) for faculty members and faculty groups to interact with the Committee and to present their concerns. In 1995, the University Faculty Council (UFC) adopted a policy providing for faculty representation at open sessions of the Board of Trustees. In 2002, the Board of Trustees endorsed, in principle, the practice of permitting faculty representation at certain Executive Sessions. (See Policies D-1 and D-2).
University Organization and Review of System Administrators
Indiana University administrators with responsibilities relating to all campuses include: the President, the Executive Vice President and Provost, Bloomington, Executive Vice President and Chancellor for Indianapolis, the Vice President for Capital Projects and Facilities, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Vice President and General Counsel, Vice President for Planning and Policy, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs, Vice President for Engagement, Vice President for Information Technology, Vice President for International Affairs, Vice President for Public Affairs and Government Relations, and Vice President for Research Administration. All administrators whose responsibilities bear directly on the teaching and research mission of the university are subject to review by an appointed committee every four years, as established by the University Faculty Council on March 28, 1978. (See Policy D-3). A separate policy regarding review procedures for Chancellors/Provost was adopted by the Board of Trustees in 2006. (See Policy D-4).
University Administrative and Policy Committees
Several administrative groups and committees are involved in the review, establishment, and implementation of policy for the entire Indiana University system. Two of the most important groups are the Academic Leadership Council and the President’s Cabinet.
The Academic Leadership Council, which considers policies and procedures pertaining to academic affairs that have university-wide implications, consists of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs and the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education or Vice Chancellors for Academic Affairs from each campus. The President’s Cabinet, which advises the President on a range of policy and programmatic initiatives with university-wide impact, consists of the vice presidents and representatives from the campus chancellors/provost, academic deans, and other senior administrators with university-wide responsibilities. The University Faculty Council and the President also elect or appoint all-campus committees for University-wide awards and endowed lecture series, ceremonies, athletics, and the review and implementation of specific policies, such as the residency requirement. The composition of and charge to some of these committees, including the Honorary Degrees Committee, the Athletics Coordinating Council, and the W. George Pinnell Award selection committee, have been approved by the University Faculty Council. (See Policy D-5; Policy H-20, and Policy G-7).
Bloomington Provost and Administrative Group
The Executive Vice President and Provost, Bloomington, has an administrative group which includes the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, the Vice Provost for Research, the Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, the Vice Provost for Student Affairs and the Vice President for Information Technology. This group meets regularly with the Provost to discuss campus issues and establish policies.
Review of Bloomington Administrators
The Bloomington Faculty Council has established review procedures for major Bloomington Campus Administrators--members of the Provost's Administrative Group and all Deans reporting to the Bloomington Provost. Reviews occur early in the fifth year in office and at four-year intervals thereafter. A review committee appointed by the Provost from nominations made by the Faculty Council Nominations Committee (with submissions from a school policy committee where a school Dean is to be reviewed) will be composed primarily of faculty members. The Review Committee submits its report to the Provost, to the administrator reviewed, to his/her elected policy committee, and to the Agenda Committee of the Bloomington Faculty Council. (See Policy D-6).
The deans of the schools and other campus administrators on the Bloomington Campus meet regularly with the Provost and his/her administrative group. The Deans and Schools located in Bloomington which report administratively to the Bloomington Provost include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, the School of Law-Bloomington, the School of Library and Information Science, and the School of Music. One of the merged units, the School of Education, which operates programs in both Bloomington and Indianapolis, also reports to the Bloomington Provost, as do two system-wide units--the Graduate School and University Libraries. Other schools, physically located in Bloomington, which report administratively to the Indianapolis Chancellor are: Business (a merged unit), Medical Sciences, Optometry, School of Public and Environmental Affairs (a system-wide unit), and the School of Continuing Studies (a system-wide unit).
The deans of the degree-granting units on the Bloomington campus meet regularly with the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs on questions of academic programs and policies. Each School or College Dean has been asked by the Bloomington Faculty Council to establish an elected Policy Council to formulate School policy and to advise the Dean in the exercise of the Dean's authority. (See DOCUMENT D-VII.)