Academic decisions at ETBU are made using a shared governance model. The faculty, under the leadership of the Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs, has responsibility for developing, monitoring, changing, and eliminating academic programs. The faculty also has responsibility for develoing policies that guide academics. The Board of Trustees has final authorithy over the development of new programs and majors as well as the elimination of them.
The faculty as a whole meets regularly to consider and approve recommendations related to academics. The Faculty Meeting is chaired by the Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs.
The Academic Deans Council serves as the academic policy and curriculum committee for the University. It is composed of the deans of the schools, the Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs, the Assistant Provost, and the Dean of Academic Services and Institutional Research.
The Council meets at least once a month to administer routine business associated with the University's academic programs. Each dean is responsible for communicating with the faculty of their school. Curricular proposals submitted to the Council require approval by the department and school before submission to the Council.
The Faculty Senate serves as the elected representative and deliberative body of the faculty with particular reponsibilities pertaining to academic policy and practices, administrative advice, discussion and deliberation, and reporting.
The Faculty Senate is composed of one Senator from each academic unit (department and the library) elected by his or her peers in that unit and represents the faculty on each of the University's standing committees.
Academics at ETBU are organized in seven schools, 14 departments, and seven academic service units. The schools include the School of Business, the School of Christian Studies, the School of Education, the School of Fine Arts, the School of Humanities, the School of Natural and Social Sciences, and the School of Nursing.
The academic service units include the Office of Academic Success and Graduate Services, Institutional Technology, International Education, Leadership Development, the Library, the Registrar, and the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.