Academic Review and Planning Advisory Committee (ARPAC)

The Academic Review and Planning Advisory Committee (ARPAC) is a campus level committee reporting to the provost. At their November 1980 meeting, the regents of the University of Colorado called for the regular review of colleges, schools, and academic units. Administrative Policy Statement 1019 describes the directive to faculty and administrators to develop systematic procedures to identify academic program strengths and weaknesses, and to provide constructive options for program development and modification.

ARPAC is comprised of tenured faculty members representing multiple colleges and schools. Members serve three year terms and the size of the committee varies depending upon the number of units undergoing review in a particular year.  At CU-Boulder, some 70+ academic units undergo review over a seven-year period, called a review cycle. The provost tasks ARPAC with composing a final report that sets forth recommendations for unit improvement. The group’s reporting builds on the work of previously convened internal and external reviewers. ARPAC members work as a group to finalize reporting. The committee also addresses annual updates submitted by the units and deans after a review. When called on, the group convenes as the Academic Program Discontinuance Committee. ARPAC usually meets twice a week during the fall term.

The vice provost and associate vice chancellor for faculty affairs chairs ARPAC; the senior vice provost and associate vice chancellor for budget and planning and the vice chancellor for diversity, equity, and community engagement serve as standing, non-voting members. By tradition, the vice provost and associate vice chancellor for faculty affairs recruits ARPAC members in collaboration with the provost; nominees are then forwarded to the Boulder Faculty Assembly Executive Committee for their approval. The committee, and the internal and external reviewers, are administratively supported and correspond with the campus out of the Office of Faculty Affairs.