The Graduate Council is responsible for providing and periodically revising basic educational philosophy for graduate programs, for ensuring the maintenance of high standards in the graduate programs offered and for proposing and recommending to the Faculty Senate new graduate programs. The Graduate Council reviews new courses to be offered for graduate credit as well as other changes in the content of individual graduate programs. The Graduate Council is responsible for ensuring that general admission policies as established by the Board of Trustees and specific policies approved for individual graduate programs are maintained. The Graduate Council hears graduate students petitions and grade appeals. The Graduate Council reports its curriculum and standards actions to the Faculty Senate executive committee with recommendations for implementation or appropriate disposition.
Three (3) elected representatives from the College of Business, eight (8) from the College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies: one (1) from Health and Human Performance, one (1) from Nursing, one (1) from Physical Therapy, one (1) from Learning and Leadership, and four (4) from other Education programs; seven (7) elected representatives from the College of Arts and Sciences (one from each graduate degree program); four (4) elected representatives from the College of Engineering and Computer Science (one from each graduate degree program); and one (1) at-large representative elected by the Faculty Senate from a department that does not offer a graduate degree program.
Members of Graduate Council serve two-year terms and are elected at the conclusion of the spring semester in odd-numbered years for a term of office beginning the following fall semester.
At its last spring meeting in odd-numbered years, the Graduate Council will elect a chair from among the voting members who represent one of the graduate programs. The chair will serve a two-year term.
Ex officio: The dean of The Graduate School, the associate dean of The Graduate School, the director of The Graduate School, and the dean of the Lupton Library.