Revision to #S04-231 University Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Council
Policy #: S21-231
Supersedes: S04-231 SenateApproval: 05/04/2021 Presidential Approval: 5/11/2021 Effective: F-2021
Last Review: S-2021
Next Review: S-2025
University Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Council
Source Committee: Strategic Issues Committee, University Research Council Unit(s) Responsible for Implementation: Academic Senate
Updates title of subcommittee; expands membership; clarifies language
Charge to the Council
The University Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities (URSCA) Council promotes
research, scholarship and creative activities (RSCA) necessary to the University’s mission to
advance and extend knowledge, learning and culture, and recommends policy concerning
the University’s RSCA agenda and its relationship to the education of a diverse student
body. The Council shall ensure an active faculty role in recommending policies and providing
avenues for discussion of issues related to RSCA at the University. The Council shall take an
active role in advocating and celebrating excellence in RSCA.
Six faculty representatives selected by the Executive Committee of the Academic
Senate for staggered renewable two-year terms. The Executive Committee is
encouraged to achieve representation from a broad range of disciplines on campus
and to select at least one faculty representative from among the directors of campus
centers and institutes.
Two people, one of whom is a College Dean, selected by the Vice President for
Academic Affairs for a renewable one-year term.
The Associate Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs shall serve as an
The Dean of Graduate Studies shall serve as an ex-officio member.
Council Organization & Procedures
The University Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Council shall issue regular
advisory statements and an annual report to the President, the Vice President for Academic
Affairs, and the Academic Senate.
The chair of the University Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Council will be
invited to give at least one oral presentation each year to the Academic Senate, a standing
committee, or the Senate Executive Committee.
The Council shall hold at least 4 meetings per semester.
Each year the Council shall elect its own chair from among the faculty representatives and
send the name of that individual to the Chair of the Academic Senate.