Policy 1106 - University Organization
Revision Date: 6/2/2011
Responsible Office: Office of the President
Administrative officers of the University exist primarily to execute the broad administrative and educational policies determined by the Board of Supervisors and Board of Regents. The overall goal is to utilize public funds to provide the highest quality education possible for all students and to facilitate the educational and scholarly work of the faculty.
For administrative purposes, the University is divided into seven interrelated divisions, each headed by a Vice President who reports directly to the President. The organizational chart, Policy 1107, indicates the areas reporting to each Vice President and the hierarchy in the chain of command. All members of the administration hold office at the pleasure of the Board of Supervisors for State Colleges and Universities.
The President is the chief executive officer of the University and exercises complete authority therein, subject to direction and control of the governing boards. The office of the President is the focal point for plans, policies, and operational decisions crucial to institutional progress toward achieving the mission of the University.
Vice President for Academic Affairs
The Vice President for Academic Affairs, as the chief academic officer of the University, provides leadership and coordination in matters relating to instruction and research, including matters of curriculum and the recruitment and development of a strong faculty.
Vice President for Finance and Administration
The Vice President for Finance and Administration, as the chief administrative and budget officer, provides leadership and coordination in the areas of Physical Plant, Environmental Health and Safety, Telecommunication Services, Technical Services, budgets and contracts, Human Resources, Purchasing, Property, Comptroller, Fiscal Operations, Post Office, and Printing Services.
Vice President for Research and Development
In the role of Vice President for Research and Development, the Vice President provides leadership for the overall operation and development of research activities by promoting and facilitating basic research, sponsored programs, interdisciplinary research, and activities of University research centers.
Vice President for Student Affairs
The Vice President for Student Affairs, as the chief administrative officer of the University in matters dealing with student life, provides leadership and coordination in matters involving student activities, facilities, and services.
Vice President for University Advancement
The Vice President for University Advancement, as chief administrative officer of the University in matters dealing with alumni and development, provides leadership and coordination of activities related to the University and promotion and communication of University activities which relate to and serve both the University and its alumni.
Executive Vice President and Dean of the Graduate School
The Executive Vice President develops and implements initiatives to meet the needs of the University related to student success, strategic planning, accreditation, state/federal mandates, long-term planning, and other focuses as assigned. The Dean of the Graduate School provides oversight for Graduate School programs, admissions and related issues; and for the Division of Continuing Education.
The five academic Colleges are:
- College of Business
- College of Engineeringand Science
- College of Applied and Natural Sciences
- College of Liberal Arts
- College of Education
The chief administrative officer of each College is its Dean. The basic administrative unit of each College is the academic Department or Division. The chief administrative officer of each Department or Division is the Unit Head, Division Head, or Coordinator.
Job descriptions for all unclassified, non-faculty positions are on file in the Personnel Office.
The nature of the academic entity is such that the faculty properly shares in responsibilities involving formulation of the University's policies. The faculty has a major responsibility in making and carrying out decisions affecting the educational and scholarly life of the University. Faculty members have a responsibility to contribute to the governance of the University through participation on committees, councils, or other advisory groups at the Department, College, or University level.
The Administrative and Planning Council serves as the comprehensive review, assessment, and planning council for the University. The Council is Chaired by the President, and the voting membership includes administrators representing all areas of the University, the Chair of the University Senate representing the University faculty, and the Student Government Association President representing the students. The Chair of the University Senate is encouraged to bring concerns and recommendations of the faculty before this forum for consideration.
Two University-wide committees have the responsibility to initiate or review proposals establishing or revising instructional policies and programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
The Instructional Policies Committee considers aspects of College life in the areas of courses, curricula, and instruction in undergraduate studies. The Committee further serves as an instrument of control to avoid course duplication and proliferation. Proposals for consideration normally should originate with the faculty of a Department. Proposals should be thoroughly discussed and approved at the Departmental level prior to submission for College-level consideration and then submission to the Instructional Policies Committee. The Committee is an examining and recommending body and makes its recommendations to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs who will review these recommendations with the Council of Academic Deans, of which he is Chairman, and this group will make their recommendations to the President. IPC membership consists of two representatives from each of the Colleges (one elected by College faculty, one appointed by the Dean), one representative from the library, one representative from the Tech Barksdale campus and two student members. The University registrar is an ex officio member without voting privileges. The Committee elects a Chair from the membership. Instructional Policies Committee Policies and Procedures are included in Policy 2301.
The Graduate Council is responsible for reviewing and recommending proposals for graduate courses and curricula and may initiate or consider recommendations concerning instructional policies of the Graduate School. Recommendations of the Council are subject to the approval of the Council of Academic Deans, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the President of the University. The Graduate Directors of each College or each Dean's designee serves on the Council. The Directors of Barksdale and Prescott Memorial Library, or their designees, serve on the Council. The Registrar or designee serves on the Council. The President of the Student Government Association shall appoint a graduate student representative to serve a one-year term. The Graduate Faculty of each College shall elect one representative to membership on the Council. Terms of the elected members shall be for two years and shall begin September of even years. The Director of the Graduate School serves as Chair of the Graduate Council.
Louisiana Tech University is committed to providing a quality educational experience for students both within and outside the classroom. A high degree of interaction among students, faculty, and the University community is desired. Students provide an important voice in University decision making. In addition to the campus involvement and input through the Student Government Association, the large number of University committees having student members is an indicator of the importance of the students' role in decision making. Some of the committees having student members are as follows: Administrative and Planning Council, Administrative Review Board, Athletics Council, Behavioral Standards Committee, College/Department Curriculum Committees, Fee Committee, Graduate Council, Instructional Policies Committee, Library Advisory Committee, Parking and Traffic Committee, Radiation Committee, Research Council, Student Organizations Committee, Student Technology Fee Committee, University Multicultural Committee, University Student Health Council, and University Tour Committee.