The Graduate Council provides a forum in which matters of concern to graduate education may be discussed and the mission of the Graduate College fulfilled. The Graduate Council works with the Graduate College to review, establish, and update policies affecting graduate education. The Graduate Council is the shared-governance body for graduate education and is part of the Faculty Senate.
The mission of the Graduate Council is to:
- Provide a forum in which matters of concern to graduate education may be discussed and the mission of the Graduate College fulfilled.
- Work with the Graduate College to review, establish, and update policies affecting graduate education. To do that effectively, council members have to represent the interests of graduate education as a whole and not just their specific programs.
The obligations of council members go beyond attending meetings. Before each meeting, please
- Carefully review proposals and other materials.
- Consult with colleagues and students about agenda items.
- Notify Cynthia Ann Bjerk-Plocke at firstname.lastname@example.org if you will not be able to attend the meeting.
Between meetings, please
- Share information, especially the rationale for council decisions.
- Seek information. Bring to the council the concerns of your colleagues and students.
- Keep informed about Graduate education, both in the U.S. and around the world.
- Volunteer for ad hoc committees.
The Graduate College will be asking for help on various special projects through the year.
The Council of Graduate Schools suggests the following as important functions of the Graduate College, and we enlist the help of the Graduate Council on all of them:
- Articulate a vision of excellence for the Graduate community.
- Provide quality control for all aspects of Graduate education.
- Maintain equitable standards across all academic disciplines.
- Define what Graduate education is and what it is not.
- Bring an institution-wide perspective to all post baccalaureate endeavors.
- Provide an interdisciplinary perspective.
- Enhance the intellectual community of scholars among both graduate students and faculty.
- Serve as an advocate for Graduate education.
- Emphasize the importance of adequately training future college and university teachers.
- Develop ways for Graduate education to contribute to and enhance undergraduate education.
- Support Graduate student services.
- Serve as an advocate for issues and constituencies critical to the success of Graduate programs.
(From Council of Graduate Schools, “Organization and Administration of Graduate Education” 2004.)