The purpose of the CPR is to bring a range of faculty and student opinion to bear upon (1) the process of annually budgeting the resources of the college, and (2) the long-term allocation of resources. To ensure the CPR's involvement in the annual budget process, the administration will bring the budget currently being formulated before the CPR while there is still ample time to affect it. At this time the administration will present its sense of the priorities among competing claims on the college's resources. The CPR will present to the Board of Trustees the committee's views on the annual budget as it is being prepared and on long-term financial concerns. The CPR will also receive and respond to new large capital requests in spring term, and review the ongoing list of capital priorities and an annual report from the physical plant department on deferred maintenance projects. To discharge its responsibility to assess the continuing ability of the college's financial resources to support its educational mission, the CPR will periodically review the long-term financial impact of such things as the relationship between resources and programs, the level of compensation and benefits, and other pertinent matters. To that end, the chair of the CPR will query other committees about proposals that have financial implications.

Particular responsibilities of the faculty members of the CPR are: to report to the faculty on the budget being prepared and the priorities implies in it and to represent to the administration the views of the faculty concerning the budget; and to report to the faculty early in the second semester of each year concerning the status of faculty salaries and compensation.

The CPR regularly transmits its reports and recommendations to the Committee of Six for inclusion on the agenda of a meeting of the faculty.  Approximately one and a half hours per week.  Contact: Peter Shea (pjshea).


The Primary function of the Committee is to enhance communication between the Faculty and appropriate administrative offices and in so doing to aid the Faculty in carrying out its responsibility to formulate standards and policy for admission and financial aid. To these ends, the Committee should review on a regular basis, through observation and quantitative studies, how adequately policy and practice are meeting stated goals, should develop and maintain mechanisms for communicating faculty opinion on the quality of our students to the staff, and should report annually to the Faculty on the Committee's work. Members of the Committee should be sufficiently engaged in the admission process to enable them to carry out their responsibilities effectively (Voted by the Faculty, September 1984).  Approximately two hours every other week. 


The purpose of the committee is to discuss and to recommend policies concerning the Library's collections and services.

Dining Services

The Dining Services Committee works to improve the quality of Amherst's dining services program.  The committee provides student input to the administration and the Valentine management.  The committee is a relatively large time commitment.  It meets once a week over the weekend, but committee members also meet with Valentine management and administrators on a regular basis.  Members of the Dining Services Committee should be knowledgeable about food, committed, and willing to work hard to improve Amherst's dining experience.

Green Amherst

The Green Campus Advisory Committee is the college's committee on the environment.  It is a joint committee of students and faculty, and it focusses on issues of sustainability.  There are two at-large representatives on the committee.

Residential Life

The Residential Life Committee is a student committee that advises the administration on matters of residential life.  There is one at-large representative on the committee.