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Graduate Council

The Graduate Council is a standing committee of the Faculty Senate and reports to the Senate on graduate policy and curriculum matters. The Graduate Council deals with policy issues and standards for the university.

Duties of the Graduate Council 

  • To report to the Senate on graduate policy and curriculum matters. Business is conducted by the four committees of the council, which examine and formulate policies and procedures, hear petitions for variances from graduate program, college, or university requirements, and review graduate course action requests and requests for new programs, among other matters.
  • To review all matters referred by committees of the Graduate Council.
  • To transmit its recommendations to the Steering Committee that will normally submit these recommendations to the Faculty Senate for action and that, if approved, will be submitted to the provost and executive vice president.
  • To review all graduate programs within the university on a periodic basis per Board of Trustees guidelines. The review process will include the university program review reports and recommendations based on the review of the annual college reports on the status of graduate programs.

Membership

The Graduate Council consists of all of the members of the committees of the Graduate Council and the vice president for Research and dean of the College of Graduate Studies (ex officio). All members of the Council must be tenured or tenure-earning faculty holding the rank of assistant professor, associate professor, or professor; general faculty of comparable rank with multi-year appointments; or professional librarians of comparable rank. All members of the Graduate Council must meet the qualifications for participating in graduate education as specified by the Council and published in the Graduate Catalog. The Committee on Committees shall select the faculty members for all committees of the Graduate Council and shall solicit nominees from the deans of the respective academic units as well as from the vice president for Research and dean of the College of Graduate Studies, among others. The council chair and vice chair must be current Faculty Senate members and are elected annually by the membership of the council at the first meeting after the new committee is constituted, normally early in the fall term. The elected chair of the council will serve as the chair of the Graduate Policy Committee. The vice chair of the council will serve as the chair of the Graduate Curriculum Committee. 

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