Vice Chancellor's Advisory Committee (VCAC)

The VCAC is the campus level faculty committee that conducts reviews of tenure, promotion, and reappointment cases on the Boulder campus. In the procedures as described in the faculty Handbook and elsewhere, the VCAC conducts the "Second Level Review".

Chaired by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs, the VCAC is a committee of 12-16 professor rank faculty members from multiple colleges and schools serving three year terms. The members of VCAC are selected in large part based upon their national reputation in their discipline, and because of their broad understanding of the standards and practices of public research universities. By tradition, members are recruited by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs in collaboration with the Provost; nominees are forwarded to the Boulder Faculty Assembly Executive Committee for their approval. The committee is administratively supported and corresponds with the campus out of the Office of Faculty Affairs.

The roles of the VCAC include reviewing hire with tenure, reappointment, tenure and promotion cases forwarded to it by the deans of the multiple colleges and schools. Its deliberations result in a vote, which is reported in the form of a recommendation to the Provost. The committee is also charged with recommending to the provost policy and advice on the promotion and tenure process and related matters. The committee also serves as an appeal body for post-tenure review appeals. The VCAC usually meets weekly during the spring term.

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.

Salary Equity Appeals Committee (SEAC)

The campus maintains a faculty committee for the resolution of salary grievances and oversight of the appeals process. These grievances involve career merit concerns. The appeal process is a multi-step process. Each department or primary unit is required to maintain a written policy that describes the evaluation and appeal process within the unit. Copies of these procedures are to be kept on record at the department, dean, and vice chancellor levels. In short, appeals can only be based on a faculty member's salary and may not be based solely on an annual raise. Equity claims must be based on the salaries of other faculty members in the unit as a whole. If the faculty member is equitably paid in comparison with most other faculty members of similar career merit, the faculty member may not base a claim of inequity on the salary of a single member whose salary is unusually high with respect to that group. Claims cannot be made based on a comparison of salaries of faculty members outside the grievant's primary unit. Members of the committee will be outgoing members of the Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Committee (VCAC). It is chaired by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs.

Members of the committee will serve for one calendar year. These members may also serve on the Provost’s Advisory Committee during the same time period. This committee is staffed by the Assistant to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs. SEAC meets as needed.

This committee will review any appeal regarding salary equity that has not been resolved at either the primary unit or college/school level. It makes a recommendation to the Provost.

Provost’s Advisory Committee (PAC)

The Provost’s Advisory Committee hears particular grievances that have not been resolved at a lower level. The Provost’s Grievance Procedure may be used only in one of the following special circumstances:

  1. the grievant alleges that an action taken by his or her dean violates an applicable school or college policy;
  2. no applicable grievance policy exists at the department, school, college, or campus level; or
  3. the grievant alleges that a grievance process employed at the department or school/college level was conducted improperly.

Within five (5) working days of receipt of a request for a hearing, the Provost shall refer the grievance to the Provost’s Advisory Committee. The Provost’s Advisory Committee is composed of those former members of Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Committee (VCAC) who have completed their term the prior May; if fewer than five members of VCAC meet this criterion, additional members will be appointed by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs in consultation with the Provost and the Boulder Faculty Assembly. The committee thus constituted will elect one of its members as chair. While the Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs convenes the PAC, s/he does not meet with the committee and does not join in their deliberations. The PAC will be staffed by the Assistant to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs who staffs the VCAC. PAC meets as needed.

The PAC determines whether an appeal meets the above criteria. If it does, they review the case and make a recommendation to the Provost.