Pursuant to Article 7 of the University of the Bahamas Act, 2016, the academic authority of the University of The Bahamas is vested in the Academic Senate which plays an integral role in the shared governance of the institution. The Senate is responsible for maintaining academic standards and for the regulation and superintendence of the education of UB students. By virtue of the Act, any Ordinance dealing with an academic matter for which the Senate is responsible shall not be made, amended or repealed except after consultation with the Senate.
The Senate is charged with exercising direct control over academic matters of central importance to the University: determining academic policy, setting conditions for admission and the granting of degrees, authorising and supervising courses and curricula.
- regulate and ensure the quality of all teaching programmes, courses of study and the conditions under which persons may qualify for degrees, diplomas, certificates and other distinctions and awards;
- recommend to the Board of Trustees the institution of degrees, diplomas, certificates and other distinctions and awards;
- regulate and ensure the quality of the admission of persons and categories of persons for the purpose of pursuing programmes or courses of study and regulate and control their continuance;
- accept courses of study from any other institution or body which possesses the means of affording the proper instruction for such courses as equivalent to such UB programmes or courses of study as the Senate may determine;
- recommend the awarding of degrees, diplomas, certificates and other distinctions and other awards to persons who have pursued a course of study approved by the Senate and who have qualified for such granting in terms of requirements prescribed by the Senate;
- recommend academic distinctions including honourary degrees;
- determine what formalities and requirements shall attach to the conferment of degrees, diplomas, certificates and other distinctions and awards;
- regulate the use of academic dress in the University;
- recommend to the Board of Trustees the institution or acceptance of awards such as fellowships, scholarships, bursaries, studentships, prizes and other aids to study and research;
- approve recommendations for the operation and development of the University libraries;
- periodically review the academic organisation and development of the University, with special reference to the effectiveness of the work of the University in relation to its mission, including that of providing at appropriate levels education and training responsive to the well-being and needs of the communities within the Bahamian archipelago;
- periodically review the duties of all faculty while being cognisant of the role of specialised groups including unions and bargaining units;
- recommend to the Board of Trustees appropriate provision for the personal development and well-being of the students;
- regulate the discipline of UB students in accordance with Ordinances to be made by the Board;
- propose to the Board of Trustees new Statutes or Ordinances concerning academic matters;
- express an opinion on any matter pertinent to the University and the affairs of the University and make recommendations as a result thereof;
- exercise all such powers, duties and functions as are or may be conferred on it by the University of the Bahamas Act, 2016, Charter and Statutes, including the power to make enabling policies in the exercise of the powers, duties and functions hereinbefore expressly set out and of all other powers, duties and functions of the Senate;
- establish its own governing bye-laws in accordance with the provisions of the Act;
- establish such standing committees of the Senate, chaired by a member of the Senate, with representation from staff, students, faculty and administration; and
- delegate to any standing committee consisting of members of the Senate, such powers, duties or functions assigned to it under the
Comprising officers elected from staff, faculty, students and administration, the 30-member Senate includes:
- the President of the University, ex officio;
- two persons elected by each school of the University;
- two persons elected by Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning;
- two persons elected by the Culinary or Hospitality Management Unit or any successor institution or academic unit;
- two persons elected by each campus outside of New Providence;
- four persons elected from the faculty (two of whom shall be adjunct or part-time);
- one person elected from counsellors and librarians;
- eight UB officers carrying out administrative duties who shall be appointed by the President;
- four members of staff elected from the body of full-time staff; and
- four students elected from the body of students.
The Graduate Studies Review Board is responsible for the implementation, oversight and quality assurance of all graduate programmes offered by UB. The Board sanctions and approves the development of graduate programmes and establishes standards for their delivery; sets standards of admission, requirements for degrees and programmes of study; recommends the conferral of graduate degrees; develops and implements quality assurance mechanisms for graduate studies; and recommends all faculty to teach in a graduate programme on a course-by-course and cohort-by cohort basis.
Duties and Responsibilities
The primary duties and responsibilities of the Board are the:
- elaboration, adoption and oversight of academic policies, procedures and standards of graduate studies;
- development, evaluation and review of academic policies;
- oversight of the academic appeals process;
- oversight of issues relating to academic integrity;
- establishment of guidelines for the proposal of new graduate programmes;
- recommendation for the approval of new graduate programme proposals;
- recommendation of approval of faculty to teach in graduate studies; and
- oversight and assessment of quality assurance mechanisms for graduate curricula and programme evaluation.
The Graduate Studies Review Board comprises:
- the President of the University, who shall serve as Chair of the Board;
- Deans of Academic Units;
- the Registrar;
- Dean of Graduate Studies, who shall serve as Secretary to the Board;
- one faculty member holding a terminal degree in their discipline or a faculty member approved by the Board to teach in a graduate programme elected by each school for a two-year appointment; and
- two graduate student representatives for a one-year appointment.
- Academic Appeals Committee
- Academic Integrity Committee
- Admissions Committee
- Graduate Curriculum Committee
- Programme Review and Quality Assurance Committee
During the academic year, the Graduate Studies Review Board meets once a month for a minimum of 6 times per year.
The Academic Board gives initial approval to all matters related to undergraduate studies such as the revision and development of courses and programmes; academic policies; applications for admission and graduation; applications for extensions of period of candidacy; and the like. The Board also is responsible for the conduct of examinations, for rules and regulations relative to the awarding of diplomas and certificates and for the management and conduct of the libraries.
Chaired by the Provost, the Board comprises the University Librarian, academic Deans, Chairs of the various academic units, a faculty union representative, a student representative and a representative from the Office of the Registrar.
During the fall and spring semesters, the Board meets the first Monday of each month at 10:00 a.m. Matters are brought before the Board after they have been discussed and approved by the respective Faculty Boards. The Board may, from time to time, invite persons who are not members of the Board to attend meetings for the purpose of giving advice to the Board.