May 29, 2020  
2018-2019 Employee Handbook 
2018-2019 Employee Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

7. Governance

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Employee involvement in the governance of the University occurs in several ways.  The most basic way is through your departmental meetings to consider the business of that department.  Policies and/or departmental matters move from their meetings to the Academic Policies Committee (APC) or President’s Council.  APC makes recommendation to the President’s Council for approval. Approved changes are then communicated back to the departments via their VP.  Other employee involvement in governance occurs through their membership on committees.

A list of committees, their primary duty, and their reporting structure follows:

AdventHealth University

(Committee assignments are made annually and current assignments can be found at R:\Committees\Committee List 18-19.docx). 

1.  Mission Week Meetings 

     (1st week prior to Fall Trimester) 

     Edwin Hernandez, Chair 

     Required attendance: 

     All full-time faculty and staff 

2.  Mission Check Meetings 

     (4th Monday Monthly) 

     Edwin Hernandez, Chair 

     Required attendance: 

     All full-time faculty and staff 

Academic Policies (APC) (1st & 3rd Wed.) 

Reviews and recommends all academic policies and processes, including the academic catalog and handbooks. 

Reports to: President’s Council 

Academic Review (Once a trimester) 

Reviews academic progression for all undergraduate students who are not in a program, including those on probation. 

Reports to: VP for Academic Administration 

Admissions: Undergraduate & Graduate Education (Bi-Monthly) 

Objectively reviews each applicant to AHU and determines an appropriate admission status as set by admission guidelines. 

Reports to: VP for Academic Administration & Dean of Graduate Studies 

Citizenship (As called) 

Upholds standards of conduct by assessing serious or repeated violations, assigning and recommending appropriate penalties. 

Reports to: VP for Academic Administration & Dean of Graduate Studies 

Curriculum (As called) 

Serves in an advisory role assisting with course and program development, review, and evaluation. 

Reports to: Academic Policies Committee 

Electronic Systems (Bi-Monthly) 

Discusses issues and makes recommendations that impact the major applications used on the campus. 

Reports to: President’s Council 

Faculty Development (As called) 

To strengthen and expand the professional development training offers for faculty at AHU. 

Reports to: Academic Policies Committee 

Faculty Handbook (As called) 

Reviews, edits, and produces the Full-Time and Adjunct Faculty Handbooks. 

Reports to: Academic Policies Committee 

Faculty Rank & Promotion (Weekly) 

Recommends academic rank to the President after examining the credentials of incoming faculty and regular faculty seeking academic promotion and includes the study of policies for academic faculty sabbaticals, annual portfolios, and merit awards. 

Reports to: President 

Graduate Council (As called) 

Acts as an advisory body developing institution-wide policies and procedures such as curriculum, faculty, scholarship, and final projects. 

Reports to: Academic Policies Committee 

Institutional Effectiveness (Monthly) 

Oversees assessment processes on campus, reviewing and recommending instruments, summarizing and reporting the results of assessment, and suggesting policies regarding assessment practices. 

Reports to: President 

Institutional Review Board (IRB) (Weekly) 

Ensures that research conducted under the auspices of AHU meets ethical standards for research that are congruent with the Mission of the University, the principles presented in the Belmont Report, and the federal requirements presented in 45-CFR-46 (Code of Federal Regulation, 1983). 

Reports to:  President’s Council 

President’s Council (Weekly) 

Functions as the ultimate decision-making group deciding what policies and procedures need Board approval as well as directing and implementing daily operations of the University. 

Quality Enhancement Plan (Once/trimester) 

Develops and coordinates the Quality Enhancement Plan by providing oversight to the faculty and staff employed in the day-to-day running of the plan. 

Reports to: Institutional Effectiveness 

Scholarship Awards (Students) (Annually) 

Determines who will be awarded endowed scholarships and the amount they will receive for the next school year.  Makes decisions concerning the cost of attendance for AHU students as it relates to Financial Aid. 

Reports to: President’s Council 

Scientific Review (As called) 

Ensures proposed studies at AHU meet acceptable standards of scientific rigor and merit prior to submission for IRB review. 

Reports to: President’s Council 

Simulation (Quarterly) 

Monitors the development and implementation of the simulation initiatives at AHU as well as collaboration with AdventHealth Orlando. 

Reports to:  President’s Council 

Social (As called) 

Promotes social interaction and communication among the faculty and staff of AHU. 

Reports to: President 

Strategic & Operational Planning (Bi-Monthly) 

SOP focuses on strategic and operational planning. 

Reports to:  President’s Council 

Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) (Monthly) 

SEM evaluates the enrollment process and student experience to determine best practices, close gaps, enhance interdepartmental communication, track retention, implement retention strategies, and recommend policy changes to leadership. 

Reports to: President’s Council 

Working Groups 

Actionable recommendations involving finance, new policy or policy changes will be presented as Recommendations to President’s Council for approval. 

Departmental committees: 

Academic Chairs 

AHU Blog Team 

Campus Safety & Security 


Distributed Learning 

Documentation Retention 

External Funding Steering 

Graduation Steering 

Health Committee 



Policies and Procedures 



Service Learning 

Student Housing Governance 

Student Life 

University Mission 



The President is an Ex-Officio member of all Committees 

The Provost in an Ex-Officio member of all Academic Committees