The Institute Graduate Curriculum Committee shall be composed of representatives of the Administration, the Academic Faculty, and the Students.

The Administration shall be represented by the Vice-Provost for Graduate Education and Faculty Development and by the Associate Provost for Academic Effectiveness. The Registrar shall be Secretary.

The Academic Faculty shall be represented by members elected by the Academic Faculty from tenured or tenure-track Faculty members who are not Administrators, determined as follows:

  • Twenty (20) seats on the committee will be distributed amongst the Colleges in proportion to the fraction of graduate education credit hours delivered by each College in the previous academic year.
  • Then the participation of each College will be adjusted to be at least two (2) and no more than seven (7) members.  These adjustments may result in a total number somewhat different from twenty (20).
  • Changes in the number of representatives for each College shall be made when the criterion for such changes has been met for two (2) successive years; however, any individual elected shall have a full term of office regardless of such changes in representation.

The Students shall be represented by one (1) graduate Student selected by the Graduate Student Government Association.

The Chair shall be elected annually by the Committee from among the elected Academic Faculty members.

The Committee shall:

  • Recommend the minimum requirements for all graduate degrees and propose changes in graduate degree requirements and curricula.
  • Evaluate all proposals for new graduate courses and degree programs from each Instructional Unit and transmit them with recommendations to the Academic Faculty for action.
  • Review all proposals for deactivation (suspension) or reinstatement of graduate degree programs and present the results to the Academic Faculty Senate as an information item prior to the Institute communicating such requests to USG and SACSOC, as appropriate
  • Establish guidelines which will encourage appropriate research activities as an integral part of the graduate program and encourage high standards of student research, and foster the utilization of all available resources in the development of research activities that are supportive of the graduate programs of the Institute.
  • Rule on requests and appeals by graduate Students for exceptions to established rules and regulations in academic matters.
  • Develop policy and minimum requirements for the admission of Students to graduate programs, the admission of Students to candidacy for an advanced degree, and the awarding of graduate degrees.
  • Decide, in consultation with the Instructional Unit concerned, what undergraduate courses may be accepted for graduate credit.
  • Develop policy for qualifications of Faculty members who teach graduate courses and direct thesis research.
  • Develop policy for the awarding of graduate fellowships, scholarships, and assistantships.