The Academic and Student Affairs Committee (the "Committee") bears the primary responsibility for ensuring that University leadership holds itself accountable to the bold vision set forth in Pro Futuris. The Committee collaborates with the President to uphold the foundation upon which Baylor, a Christian Research University of the highest quality, will continue to be built. The Committee is responsible for evaluating and recommending approval for new degree programs, new schools, colleges, centers, institutes and other substantive changes in academic organizational structures.
The Committee provides fiduciary oversight on key management programs and processes to provide transformational experiences for our students while also meeting important institutional priorities. These priorities include but are not limited to: institutional accreditation, student formation and engagement, academic success initiatives, support for faculty and staff development, and significant research objectives, considering all through the lens of Baylor's distinctive mission. The Committee seeks to guide the University's academic and student life focus in ways that provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate/professional students alike to deepen their intellectual, spiritual, and interpersonal development as committed Christians and productive citizens.
The Committee may engage outside consultants and other advisors as it deems necessary with the approval of the Board Chair, the President, the Executive Vice President and Provost or Vice President for Student Life.