University Governance

Governance is the processes and practices through which an entity organizes itself to achieve its mandate. It is concerned with the structures and procedures for decision-making, accountability, control and codes of conduct. It is expressed through legislation, policies and by-laws, and informal norms. The goal of effective governance is a robust organization that achieves peak performance and is accountable to the people it serves.

The University of Alberta governs itself with a bi-cameral governance structure, as set out in the Alberta Post-Secondary Learning Act. The Board of Governors has authority for business governance and the General Faculties Council (GFC) has authority for academic governance.

While senior authority rests with the Board of Governors, the Board and GFC conduct their affairs effectively, respecting jurisdictional borders, capitalizing on shared interests, balancing and sharing authority, within a civil and productive relationship based upon a mutual desire to serve the greater good of the institution.  More...

2017-2018 Committees
Student and Staff seats remain open on academic governance committees, judicial panels.
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Governance Meeting Schedules

All Meeting Schedules are subject to change. Please check regularly for updates.  
General Faculties Council 2016-17

All 2016-17 Committee Meeting Schedules in Alpha & Chrono Views

2017-2018 Meeting Schedules are now available!
Governance Calendars
(in Google)

Board of Governors Operational Calendar

General Faculties Council Operational Calendar

Governance 101

Next Session:  Tuesday, September 12, 2017
12:00 Noon - 1:30 pm
Council Chamber (Room 2-100 CC)
2nd Floor, University Hall                                                 

If you would like to register for this session, please register here.