GFC Standing Committees

GFC Academic Planning Committee

The GFC Academic Planning Committee (APC) is General Faculties Council's (GFC's) senior committee dealing with academic, financial and planning issues. As such, it is not only responsible to GFC (or the Board) for the specific matters itemized below, but may also ask to consider or recommend to GFC on any academic issue.  GFC APC is also responsible to GFC for promoting an optimal learning environment for students and excellence in teaching, research, and graduate studies.  For more detailed information about GFC APC, please see the GFC Academic Planning Committee Terms of Reference located below.

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GFC Academic Standards Committee

The GFC Academic Standards Committee (ASC) is responsible for making recommendations and/or for providing advice to GFC, its Executive Committee, and/or the GFC Academic Planning Committee in regards to matters of admissions and transfer, including admission and transfer to Faculties, admission of Open Studies students, academic standing policies and general university admission policies, and all institutional marking and grading policies and/or procedures.  For more detailed information about GFC ASC, please see the GFC Academic Standards Committee Terms of Reference located below.

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GFC Academic Standards Committee Subcommittee on Standards

The GFC Academic Standards Committee Subcommittee on Standards (SOS) makes recommendations to ASC on issues affecting undergraduate students, including re-examination policy, academic definitions, academic standing regulations and admission requirements. For more detailed information on the SOS committee, please see the GFC Academic Standards Committee Subcommittee on Standards Terms of Reference located below.

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GFC Ad Hoc Committee on Academic Governance including Delegated Authority

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GFC Committee on the Learning Environment

The GFC Committee on the Learning Environment (CLE) is the committee responsible for the promotion of excellence in teaching and of an optimal learning environment, as well as with the provision of appropriate information resources to the university community as a whole. For more detailed information about CLE, please see the GFC Committee on the Learning Environment Terms of Reference located below.

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GFC Executive ad hoc Transition Committee

On May 15, 2017, the GFC Executive Committee established a Transition Committee to advise and guide the implementation of the Ad Hoc Committee recommendations to be completed on or before April 2019.


GFC Executive Committee

The GFC Executive Committee (EXEC) carries out functions delegated to it by GFC and recommends to GFC on academic proposals and student affairs issues. For more detailed information on the EXEC Committee, please see the GFC Executive Committee Terms of Reference located below.

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GFC Facilities Development Committee

The GFC Facilities Development Committee (FDC) is a standing committee of GFC with delegated authority to make recommendations to General Faculties Council and the Board of Governors. The committee reviews and recommends on general space and functional programs, the design and use of facilities, and policies related to facilities and planning. In addition, the President, Provost and Vice-President (Academic), and the Vice-President (Facilities and Operations) may refer matters to FDC for consideration or advice.

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GFC Nominating Committee

The GFC Nominating Committee (NC) is responsible for recommending individuals to serve on GFC standing committees and other bodies requiring representation from GFC or the University community. In putting forward its recommendations, the Committee will ensure the best possible match between prospective members and the committees to which they are nominated, and ensure the broadest possible base of representation and diversity. 


View Current Vacancies for GFC Committee membership opportunities.

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GFC Replenishment Committee

Please note: Effective June 30, 2018, the GFC Replenishment Committee was disbanded by General Faculties Council (approved April 30, 2018). The GFC Nominating Committee is now responsible for the replenishment of all GFC Standing Committees.

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GFC Student Conduct Policy Committee (SCPC)

Please Note:  On October 30, 2017, General Faculties Council approved revisions to the Terms of Reference of the GFC Campus Law Review Committee (CLRC) including a name change to GFC Student Conduct Policy Committee (SCPC), effective immediately upon approval.

Associated meeting materials, specific to CLRC, for its meeting of October 26, 2017 and prior to, will remain available [here] for historical reference purposes.

The Student Conduct Policy Committee (SCPC) is a standing committee of General Faculties Council charged with providing oversight to the university’s student discipline codes. The committee reviews and recommends on new codes, and policies and procedures related to discipline. SCPC may be called upon to provide advice to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) on items which may include, but are not limited to, rules and regulations other than discipline codes.

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GFC Undergraduate Awards and Scholarship Committee

The Post-Secondary Learning Act gives General Faculties Council (GFC) responsibility, subject to the authority of the Board of Governors, over "academic affairs" (section 26(1)) and "to make rules and regulations respecting academic awards" (section 26(1)(m)). GFC delegates certain of these powers to its Undergraduate Awards and Scholarship Committee. GFC has thus established an Undergraduate Awards and Scholarship Committee (UASC). GFC UASC has delegated authority to approve new awards and bursaries, and to amend awards and bursaries already approved for undergraduate students.

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GFC University Teaching Awards Committee

The GFC University Teaching Awards Committee (UTAC) adjudicates GFC's Teaching Awards: The William Hardy Alexander Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the Rutherford Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the Teaching Unit Award, the Provost's Award for Early Achievement in Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching.

GFC UTAC has responsibility for reviewing the awards policies and criteria for the Rutherford, William Hardy Alexander, and Teaching Unit Awards, and for alerting the GFC Executive Committee of any problems with the policies governing these awards. For more detailed information about GFC UTAC, please see the GFC University Teaching Awards Committee Terms of Reference located below.

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Other Committees to which GFC Elects

The following administrative committees have terms which call upon GFC to arrange for the annual nomination and election of student and/or staff representatives, as committees are established.

Please consult UAPPOL for the comprehensive procedures of each committee (eg, mandate, terms of reference, committee composition). For further contact information (eg, committee coordination, meeting schedule), please refer to the “Office of Administrative Responsibility”, as specified within the related procedure.

For committee nomination information, please email: Ann.Hodgson@ualberta.ca (Coordinator to the GFC Nominating Committee) or call: (780) 492-1938.

View current vacancies for membership opportunities

Administrative Committee Brief Overview/Role Office Of Administrative Responsibility
COSA (Council on Student Affairs)

The aim of the Council is the betterment of the quality of student life at the University of Alberta. Note: Students/staff must be active members of the general faculties council (gfc) at time of election.

2018/2019 Meeting Schedule
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018, SUB 4-02, 3-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 4th, 2018, SUB 2-725, 3-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 5th, 2019, SUB 2-725, 3-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019, SUB 2-725, 3-4:30 p.m.

Dean Of Students
Department Chair Selection Committees

(panel of faculty members)
Faculty members are chosen in rotation from a panel of fifteen (15) members to serve on department chair selection committees.

These individual committees are constituted as department chair selection processes are initiated by the Provost and VP (Academic) or Delegate.
Office of the Provost And Vice-President (Academic)

Procedure In UAPPOL
Extension Faculty Council Represents University interests on Extension’s Faculty Council.

Council meets on average 6 times per academic year.
Faculty Of Extension
University Of Alberta Museums Policy and Planning Committee Advise University Administration and governance bodies on matters relating to the university of Alberta Museums.

Committee meets on average 4 times per year.
University Of Alberta Museums
The Senate Links with the community and is an independent advisory body of community leaders.

The University Senate meets on average 4 times per year.
University Of Alberta Senate

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