The faculty participates in the governance of North Carolina Central University through the formal structured mechanism of the Faculty Senate. The Senate is a faculty-elected body consisting of faculty representatives from each department and/or school. The Faculty Senate is the official body recognized in The Code that may advise the Chancellor on any matters pertaining to the institution that are of interest and concern to the Faculty. Appropriate procedures have been established to provide the Senate the opportunity to give advice with respect to questions of academic policy and institutional governance, with particular emphasis upon matters of curriculum, degree requirements, instructional standards, and grading criteria. The structure of the Senate, its organization, methods of election, and other operational matters are found in the Senate constitution and Bylaws (Appendix II of the Faculty Handbook). The Faculty Senate amended the Constitution on April 1992 and is currently under amendment by the Ad hoc Committee of the Senate. The bylaws were amended on May 1994 and currently under amendment. A summary of the major Senate committees and their fields is included in the bylaws.
Faculty Membership on Other Committees
Members of the faculty as individuals, and representatives of the Faculty Senate, also serve on major policy and operating committees of the University. The Chairperson of the Faculty Senate serves on the Executive Council and, along with other faculty members, serves on additional University-wide committees including the Academic Planning Committee, Administrative Services Planning Committee, University Planning Council, as well as the other four planning committees. These seven bodies formulate and recommend all University missions, goals, plans, and expansion budget request for North Carolina Central University as a whole.