I. Council Membership Roster
II. Council Calendar
The Council reviews issues, problems, and tasks to be completed relating to graduate
and professional education.
The Council, an advisory body to the Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional
Studies, has the oversight authority and responsibility for reviewing policy and making
exception to established rules and student appeals. The specific function of the
Council is to:
- formulate policies pertaining to graduate and professional programs;
- consider and approve all curriculum changes--deletions and additions--to graduate
and professional programs;
- consider and approve new graduate and professional programs
- consider and approve applications for the appointment of graduate and professional
program faculty status;
- establish admission requirements for graduate and professional programs;
- establish degree requirements for graduate and professional programs;
- conduct on-going evaluation of graduate and professional programs;
- provide leadership and direction for graduate and professional faculty, students and
- consider and approve general academic standards of graduate and professional study.
The meetings of the Council are conducted according to the following procedures:
Regular members or their alternates designated in writing have the right to vote.
A quorum consisting of at least one-half of the members of the Graduate Council or
their designated alternates must be present before action by vote may occur. Normal
parliamentary procedure is used at all Graduate Council meetings.
The Graduate Council is composed of a representative for each graduate and professional
program. There are also ex officio members: Deans of each college administering a
graduate or professional degree program, the University's Registrar, and a representative
from the Office of the Provost.
The Chair of the Council is the Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional
Studies. The Dean presides at meetings of the Council, prepares the agenda for regular
and special meetings of the Council, distributes the agenda of the regular meetings,
and determines the time and place of meetings of the Council.
At least one regular meeting of the Council will be held each month of the academic
year except January. The Council does not meet during the summer.The time and place
for regular meetings of the Council are determined by the Chairperson of the Council.
Special meetings of the Council may be called by the Chairperson of the Council
or by request of the President or Provost of the University, or by petition of four
(4) members of the Council when the reason\s for calling a special meeting are
compelling and clearly stated. All requests and petitions are submitted to the Chairperson
of the Council and a special meeting will be called as soon as is practicable after
such requests or petitions are received.
The Council reviews request by graduate students for exceptions to established policy.
The Council also is the final authority on the appointment and retention of graduate
faculty status. Issues related to graduate education curricula are also reviewed and
approved by the Council.
The Council periodically reviews its general policies, practices, and individual
program procedures through several standing subcommittees.
The following Standing Committees are in effect for 2006-2007 academic year:
The Faculty Credentials Committee reviews and evaluates credentials of faculty recommended
for membership to the Graduate Faculty and for retention of membership on the Graduate
Faculty. A subcommittee of the Faculty Credentials Committee hears appeals from faculty
denied graduate status.
The Policy and Standards Committee reviews all proposals and other actions pertaining
to policies and procedures governing the operations of the School of Graduate and
Professional Studies. Any policy modification or new policy must be approved by the
Council and submitted to the Provost and President, as applicable, for approval.
The Recruitment Committee develops and implements strategic recruitment strategies;
reviews and make recommendations concerning admission procedures with a view to maintaining
adequate standards and insuring the high quality of students admitted to graduate
and professional degree programs, and studies and makes recommendations in regard
to registration procedures and regulations as they affect the School pf Graduate
and Professional Studies.
The Curriculum and Advising Committee reviews and evaluates proposals for establishing
new programs and courses that modify existing programs and courses; and set standards
for graduate advising. It assists in the review of the curricula of each degree program
as part of the program review process; coordinates its work with that of the University
Curriculum Committee with regard to such matters as graduate courses and programs.
The Appeals and Petitions Committee reviews petitions and appeals submitted by students
concerning exceptions to Graduate School policy and procedures.
The Graduate Colloquia Committee administers the student fees collected for the research
colloquia funds; and reviews and selects projects to be funded.
The Dissertation Completion Fellowship Committee develops methods for identifying
resources needed for graduate students at the dissertation stage. In addition to establishing
selection criteria, the committee reviews applications and makes awards for graduate
fellowships under the committee’s purview.