Academic Council

The model of academic governance at the Acsenda School of Management (ASM) is similar to that set out in the Royal Roads University Act ( Accordingly, there is an Academic Council that advises the President on academic and development matters.

Mandate of the Acsenda Academic Council

The Academic Council, with authority delegated by the President of ASM, is responsible for the following functions:

  1. Develop and ensure implementation of educational policies applicable to all Acsenda programs. Specifically the Academic Council must:
    • Set academic and other qualifications for admission of students to Acsenda, including the assessment and recognition of prior experience;
    • Establish criteria for appropriate pedagogical strategies and ensure monitoring of effectiveness;
    • Establish and monitor criteria for supporting learning;
    • Set conditions for examinations, including the qualifications that must be met in order to take examinations, and how examinations must be conducted and the results of examinations must be assessed and reported;
    • Set curriculum content for courses of study, instruction and educational programs within priorities established by the President;
    • Award fellowships, scholarships, exhibitions, bursaries and prizes;
    • Set terms for student withdrawal from courses, programs or from the institution;
    • Set academic standards and standards for determining academic standing or grades;
    • Set criteria for awarding certificates and diplomas and granting degrees, and;
    • Set criteria for recognition of academic excellence;
    • Serve as the final decision-making body for dispute resolution pertaining to academic matters and on non-academic matters when requested by the President.
  2. Periodically review all programs to ensure they meet the criteria and standards consistent with the Acsenda policies and the quality assurance requirements of the BC government and recommend changes.
  3. Ensure the articulation of degree programs with other institutions through the BC Council on Admissions and Transfer.
  4. Establish criteria and priorities for the development of new and existing programs at Acsenda.
  5. Establish and oversee a Research Ethics policy.
  6. Establish liaison guidelines with the Ministry of Advanced Education and its quality assurance regulatory bodies.
  7. Approve all new program proposals, organization self-studies and annual reports prior to their submission to the DQAB.
  8. Provide recommendations to the President with respect to:
    • Advice pertaining to the establishment or discontinuance of programs, faculties, schools and academic or research centres at Acsenda;
    • The remuneration of faculty and staff;
    • The infrastructure requirements of Acsenda.
    • Other matters affecting the academic life or the students’ experience at Acsenda.

The Academic Council includes representation from students, alumni, faculty, administrative staff and external members appointed by the Council whose experience and/or academic stature will assist the Academic Council to carry out its mandate. See below for a list of Academic Council members.