The Graduate and Professional Studies Council

I. Council Membership Roster
II. Council Calendar

The Council reviews issues, problems, and tasks to be completed relating to graduate and professional education.

What is the Council?

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:

  1. formulate policies pertaining to graduate and professional programs;
  2. consider and approve all curriculum changes--deletions and additions--to graduate and professional programs;
  3. consider and approve new graduate and professional programs
  4. consider and approve applications for the appointment of graduate and professional program faculty status;
  5. establish admission requirements for graduate and professional programs;
  6. establish degree requirements for graduate and professional programs;
  7. conduct on-going evaluation of graduate and professional programs;
  8. provide leadership and direction for graduate and professional faculty, students and programs; and
  9. 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.

Who serves on the Council?

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.

When does the Council meet?

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.

What issues are brought before the Council?

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.

How are issues brought before 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:

Faculty Credentials

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.

Policy and Standards

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.

Recruitment and Retention

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.

Curriculum and Advising

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.

Student Appeals and Petitions

The Appeals and Petitions Committee reviews petitions and appeals submitted by students concerning exceptions to Graduate School policy and procedures.

Graduate Student Colloquia Committee

The Graduate Colloquia Committee administers the student fees collected for the research colloquia funds; and reviews and selects projects to be funded.

Dissertation Completion Fellowship Committee

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.