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Graduate Council

Chair: Linda Griffin

Subcommittees and Current Review Items

Membership List


During the 2013-2014 Academic Year the Graduate Council will meet on the following dates:

September 11
October 9
November 13
December 11
January 8* (Room TBA.)
February 12* (Room TBA.)
March 12* (Room TBA.)
April 9 * (Room TBA.)

All meetings will take place at 12 noon in the Campus Center, Room 904-08 unless otherwise noted.

Annual Reports:

Guidelines for Acclerated Master's Degree Options

Graduate Faculty Dissertation/Thesis Committees Procedures - Revised October 13, 2010

Course Approval Procedures (for courses 500-999):

Form B

Form C

Graduate Guidelines for Course Approval

Procedures for Graduate Certificates

Explanation of Graduate and Undergraduate Certificates

Supplemental Guidelines for Graduate Certificate Proposals

Program Review Process for Certificates Fewer Than 30 Credits

Review Process Preliminary Application Process For Certificates More Than 30 Credits

Review Process New Program -- Final Application for Certificates More Than 30 Credits



New Programs

The Graduate Council shall:
(a) Provide advice to the Dean of the Graduate School on all matters relating to the
     administration of the Graduate Program on the campus;
(b) Develop policy recommendations on all matters relating to graduate studies within the
     University, including (i) the standards governing the establishment, modification and
     termination of all graduate programs including cooperative graduate programs with other
     colleges and universities and joint programs in the University of Massachusetts system; (ii)
     the standards governing graduate student admission, financial aid, and graduation; (iii) the
     qualifications required for membership on the graduate faculty and participation in the
     Graduate Program including the direction of theses and dissertations; (iv) the development of
     a system designed to resolve such differences as may arise between graduate students and
     members of the faculty; and
(c) Send minutes of its meetings to principal administrative officers and to all academic deans as
     well as to those listed in 4-2-1.

Its membership shall be:
(a) Fifteen Graduate Faculty Members, with at least one from each School/College headed by a Dean, and two
     from the Professional Library Staff;
(b) The Director of Five Colleges, Incorporated or a designee, serving ex officio;
(c) One Graduate Faculty Member from the Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell or Worcester
     campuses, chosen from among or designated by the membership of the Intercampus Faculty
(d) The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Life or a designee, serving ex officio;
(e) The Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement or a designee, serving ex officio;
(f) The Dean of the Graduate School, serving ex officio;
(g) The Chairperson of the Research Council or a designee, serving ex officio;
(h) The Chairperson of the Academic Matters Council or a designee, serving ex officio;
(i) The Provost or a designee, serving ex officio;
(j) The Secretary of the Faculty Senate or a designee, serving ex officio, non-voting;
(k) The President of the Graduate Student Senate or a designee, serving ex officio; and
(l) Four Matriculating Graduate Students chosen by the Graduate Student Senate; and
(m) A Dean from the Schools and Colleges of the University selected by the Deans' Council.

From Chapter 5 Section 8 of the Faculty Senate Bylaws





Academic Matters
Academic Priorities
Campus Physical Planning
General Education
International Studies
Program and Budget
Research Library
Status of Diversity
Status of Women
Student Affairs and University Life
Undergraduate Education
University Relations and Advancement
University Service, Public Service and Outreach


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Committee on Committees
University Computer and Electronic Communications
University Press
University Writing

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