Alberta University of the Arts follows a bicameral or shared governance structure as defined by the Alberta Post-secondary Learning Act.
This shared governance structure involves legislated bodies and representative groups that provide a voice and perspective of the university’s stakeholders to institutional decision making. Under this model, the Board of Governors has strategic and fiduciary oversight and responsibilities for the institution, while the General Faculties Council (GFC) has academic and student affairs oversight and responsibilities for the institution.
Day-to-day management of AUArts is the responsibility of the President and CEO, with the support of the President’s Cabinet, who works with both the Board and the GFC to accomplish the short-term and long-term goals of the institution within the mandate of the Alberta University of the Arts.
The representative groups, including the AUArts Students Association, AUArts Faculty Association, and the Alberta Union of Public Employees (AUPE) represent their groups in specific legislated areas and advocate for their members’ interests when engaging with the Board, GFC, President & CEO, and the President’s Cabinet.