The Vice President for Institutional Advancement is responsible for augmenting the College’s financial resources and promoting awareness and understanding of the College in the wider community. The Vice President works closely with the Board of Trustees and the President as well as other senior administration and faculty. Functions reporting to the Vice President include annual giving, major gifts, corporate and foundation relations, government grants, capital and endowment fund raising, publications, public relations, marketing and alumni relations. The Vice President also supervises the Kresge Arts in Detroit program.
The Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services is responsible for the College’s efforts to provide excellent student services, and to recruit, enroll, and retain undergraduate, graduate, and pre-college and continuing studies students. The Vice President supervises the offices of Academic Advising and Registration, Undergraduate Admissions, Graduate Admissions, Recruitment Services, Career Services, Financial Aid, Student Affairs, International Student Services and Pre-College and Continuing Studies.
In addition, the Vice President prepares enrollment and retention reports, completes all required Federal and State reports, as well as various accreditation and third-party surveys.
The Vice President for Administration and Finance is responsible for the day-to-day financial and administrative operations of the College and oversees the offices of Business Services, Human Resources, Campus Safety and Security, Facilities and Administrative Services, and Information Technology Services. The Vice President oversees the preparation of the annual budget, working closely with the other officers of the college. The Vice President is also responsible for ensuring that all departments follow, and are in compliance with, the budget approved by the Board of Trustees. This responsibility includes approving purchase requisitions before purchases may be made by any budget director (academic or administrative), obtaining appropriate approvals from the President and/or Board for deviations from budget, and generally providing answers to financial questions. All building, equipment and maintenance issues also fall within the responsibilities of the Vice President. These include operational concerns as well as major facility projects.
The Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs is the chief academic officer of the College responsible for the conduct, supervision and development of all academic programs and initiatives, and for ensuring academic quality and compliance with accreditation guidelines and standards. The Provost recommends appointment, reappointment, and advancement of faculty to the President. The Provost also promotes and encourages faculty professional development, interdisciplinary learning, integration of new technologies, and partnerships with varied outside organizations. The Provost helps to enhance the College’s reputation by serving as a spokesman for it locally, nationally and internationally and advocating for the value of art and design to society. The following areas report to the Provost: Office of the Provost, Undergraduate and Graduate Studies Divisions, Libraries, Academic Facilities, Center for Tutoring and Writing, Center Galleries, and Exhibit Services.
The Board of Trustees is the legal governing body of the College for Creative Studies and its final institutional authority. The Board’s responsibilities include policy-making, stewardship of the institution’s financial and physical resources, appointment and supervision of the institution’s chief executive officer, long-range planning, and representation of the institution to external communities. It delegates day-to-day management of the institution to the President.
The full Board ordinarily meets four times a year. Much of the Board’s work is conducted through its committees, which include the Executive; Education; Facilities; Finance and Audit; Investment; Advancement; and Nominating Committees. The Executive Committee meets about five times a year, and the other committees meet two to four times each year.
The faculty of the College participate in the governance of the College through the Faculty Assembly and its committees. The faculty play a central role in developing curriculum and academic policies, in setting standards of excellence, and in maintaining the quality of a CCS education. The Faculty Assembly is the principal vehicle through which the faculty fulfill this role. While the Faculty Assembly cannot by its decisions bind the administration or Board of Trustees, the administration and Board accord great respect to the Assembly and seek to cooperate with it in all areas affecting the well-being of the College. The Faculty Assembly operates according to the Faculty Assembly By- laws and through a set of committees. The By-Laws and committee guidelines are posted on the College’s Blackboard portal.
Reporting to the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services, the Dean of Students is responsible for the day-to-day management of the offices within Student Affairs. In addition, the Dean of Students oversees institutional retention initiatives, judicial affairs, the Student Concerns Committee, the Student Handbook, and the Code of Student Conduct.
Reporting to the Provost, the Dean of Undergraduate Studies and the Dean of Graduate Studies are responsible for the day-to-day management of the College’s undergraduate and graduate academic departments and programs, respectively. They supervise the department chairs of those departments, make recommendations to the Provost regarding faculty contract renewals, collaborate with the Associate Provost and Registrar on class scheduling and work closely with the Provost on a variety of strategic initiatives.
As chief executive officer of the institution, the President is responsible for carrying out the mission and goals of the College. He supervises and directs the affairs of the College through its staff, and assures that the standards and procedures used by the institution conform to the policies established by the Board of Trustees. The President is responsible for the preservation of existing institutional resources and the creation of new resources and is the chief spokesperson and representative of the College, working for public understanding and recognition. Reporting to the President are the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Administration and Finance, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services, Director of Community Arts Partnerships, Director of Design Core Detroit, and the Assistant Secretary of the Board who is also the President’s Executive Assistant.
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