Mandate from Policy B2.0:
Graduate work at the Institute shall be governed by the Graduate Council of the Academic Senate. The primary function of the Graduate Council, along with the academic deans, shall be to promote the development and maintenance of high quality educational programs at the graduate level at RIT and to see that the policies and procedures of the Institute are carried out effectively. It shall make proposals to the Academic Senate for graduate curriculum approval or discontinuance.
The Graduate Council shall study graduate curricular proposals from an institute-wide perspective, maintain appropriate Inter-college relationships with regards to curriculum, define the essential character of graduate study at the Institute, and continuously review existing graduate programs.
The Graduate Council shall consist of the following representatives: one from each College of the Institute, each to be elected by his or her collegial faculty; three members at large elected by the Academic Senate; the Dean of Graduate Studies (ex-officio, voting); the Provost or his or her delegate (ex officio, voting); and a Graduate Senator from Student Government serving as a Graduate Student representative. Each college representative shall be a voting member of the curriculum committee or committees of that college. Terms of these representatives excluding the Graduate Student representative shall be for three years, with the terms staggered so that approximately one-third shall expire each year. The Graduate Student representative shall be for a term of no longer than one year.
The Graduate Council shall be presided over by a Chairperson elected by the assembly of Graduate Council representatives with a term of no more than two years, normally. The Chairperson will be elected from one of the faculty representatives of the Graduate Council assembly. The Chairperson of the Graduate Council shall have the authority to call and chair regular and special meetings and oversee the Graduate Council functions.
Charges for AY2017 -
- Review Graduate Thesis/Dissertation Policy (D12.0 VII) and make any necessary changes.
- Review policy D12.0 and clarify the role of defense chair in this policy.
- Investigate the variation across all RIT graduate programs in interpretation of the policy to require a minimum GPA (currently 3.0) required for graduation, and how the minimum GPA is calculated. Review all related policy to determine if modification is required based on these findings.
- Develop a more effective mechanism for communicating Graduate Policy changes to the Graduate Program Directors, Program Faculty, and Students.
- Make recommendations for streamlining the graduate program proposal process.
- Identify whether current policy is sufficient to guide students in the situation where they are studying for multiple graduate degrees.
- Review policy D.12, specifically where it concerns the 20% limit of graduate transfer credits in Section V, Subsection C. Identify the origins, and impacts of this limitation to graduate education. Make recommendations for change in policy as necessary.