About Arts and Sciences
The Policy and Planning Committee (PPC) is the only body elected to represent the Faculty of Arts and Sciences to University leadership. The committee consists of nine faculty and one ex-officio member: the Executive Vice President for Arts and Sciences. Nine faculty members are elected from the ranks of the tenured faculty; three each from the divisions of the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences. Three members are elected from the ranks of untenured faculty, one from each of the three divisions. Elected members serve for three years.
PPC participates in the process by which planning priorities are set and resources are allocated among the departments and schools comprising the Arts and Sciences. The goals of the committee are to identify common faculty concerns and to work with the administration to address them. PPC solicits input from faculty and convenes faculty discussions (Faculty Forums). It sets the bylaws and agenda for Arts and Sciences faculty meetings.
PPC is both a sounding board for new ideas and a source of creative ways to respond to Arts and Sciences challenges. The committee meets regularly with the President and Provost to address faculty concerns and influence University governance. Working closely with the Arts and Sciences administration, PPC develops initiatives to improve faculty teaching, research, and life. PPC oversees faculty fundraising committees that work with the Arts and Sciences as a liaison on a variety of development issues, including major gifts and department fundraising. PPC also directs an administrative advisory committee.