Board of Trustees
USF System Academic Program Advisory Council
The Academic Program Advisory Council (APAC) is a USF System-wide Council that reviews and recommends pre-proposal, new program proposals, and suspension and termination of existing degree programs. Any new programs must be presented to the APAC by the Dean of the college making the proposal or the institution's chief academic officer. The APAC shall evaluate viability of proposed new programs and make recommendations to the USF System Provost/Executive Vice President based on consideration of:
- Alignment with USF System and State University System strategic goals
- Compelling data-based workforce needs and student demand
- New efficiencies created and/or terminations of existing degrees
- Availability of resources
- Quality assurance and commitment to any requisite accreditation
The processes for proposing new programs and suspending or terminating existing programs can be found at the USF System Academics: Curriculum website.
APAC will meet a minimum of four (4) times per year, meeting to align with the CAVP Academic Program Coordination Workgroup and the USF BOT Academic and Campus Environment (ACE) Workgroup.
APAC Structure & Membership
Chair: Rotates annually through academic administrative leadership from USF, USF St. Petersburg, and USF Sarasota-Manatee as per the membership list below.
- USF Vice Provost for Strategic Planning, Performance, & Accountability
- USF St. Petersburg Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
- USF Sarasota-Manatee Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
- USF Dean of Undergraduate Studies
- USF Dean of Graduate Studies
- USF Health leadership representative
- USF Director of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness
- USF System administrative representative
- 3 USF System Faculty Council representatives (one from each member institution)
Non-member representatives of the USF System community may serve as consultants to APAC and/or attend APAC meetings and may participate at the discretion of the chair.
The USF System appointee to the SUS Academic Vice Presidents' (CAVP) Academic Program Coordination Workgroup works with the APAC Chair to coordinate meetings and communicate with the USF System Provost & Executive Vice President.
USF SYSTEM ACADEMIC ADVISORY COUNCIL 2017-18 Academic Year
CAVP Academic Coordination Workgroup Representation
Theresa Chisolm (Vice Provost for Strategic Planning, Performance & Accountability) (Chair)
Regional Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, USFSP
Regional Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, USFSM
Dean of Graduate Studies, USF
Dean of Undergraduate Studies, USF
Health Representative, USF
USF System Faculty Council Representatives (3)
James Garey (USF)
Fawn Ngo (USFSM)
Debra Sinclair (USFSP)
Cynthia Brown-Hernandez, USF System Academics
Carol Hines-Cobb, USF Graduate Studies
Ruth Bahr, USF Graduate Studies Assistant Dean
Jonna K. DeSantis, Office of the Provost & Executive Vice President