The Academic Programs Committee (APC) of USF Sarasota-Manatee is responsible for addressing issues and making recommendations pertaining to undergraduate and graduate courses, curricula, and instructional programs to the USFSM Academic Council (AC) and reporting to the USFSM Faculty Senate. The APC shall advise the AC on the development of future USF Sarasota-Manatee undergraduate and graduate programs, including reviewing and updating academic goals and objectives.

The APC will review undergraduate and graduate policies related to admissions criteria, orientation procedures, academic standards, curriculum, and graduation requirements. Professional program certification or accreditation requirements will be considered in addressing issues for undergraduate and graduate policies.

In addition, the APC will serve as a review body to other USF Sarasota-Manatee councils and committees on matters of curriculum policy and as a recipient of requests for the development of undergraduate courses or programs, new graduate programs or changes in current graduate programs.


The Academic Program Committee (APC) will carry out its responsibility consistent with the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) and its functions. In meeting this responsibility, APC members do not view themselves as representatives of a college but rather as individuals concerned with the programs of USFSM. As USFSM seeks to meet the needs of undergraduate and graduate students as well as the local communities, to promote scholarship and research, and to be responsive to social and academic change, the APC will evaluate curriculum proposals by their potential for contributing to academic and community goals and needs. The APC will also be mindful of the USFSM obligation to provide a sound general education for undergraduate students and provide these students the core requirements to pursue further academic and professional goals. The APC will also be charged with representing graduate programs (unique to and hosted at USFSM) and to assure graduate students receive the preparation needed to enter their professional field.


Membership will consist of two full-time faculty representatives from each college as elected by the Faculty Senate. The members will serve two-year terms, with staggered start years within each college. There will be one non-voting ex-officio member and one support staff person from the Academic Affairs office.

The Chair of the APC will be elected in the spring semester of the prior academic year. A Vice Chair will be elected at the first APC meeting of each academic year to serve in the absence of the Chair. In the event that an APC member is unable to complete his/her term, the APC Chair can temporarily serve as an alternate preview team member.

Current Committee Members (2019-2020)

Chair:  Dr. Anthony Coy CSM
Vice-Chair: Dr. Faizan Ali  CHTL
 Members: Dr. Joe Askren CHTL
  Dr. Sarah Szynkiewicz CSM
  Dr. Helene Robinson CLASS
  Dr. Stephen Rushton CLASS
  Dr. Carol Vance COB
  Dr. Matthew Karlesky COB