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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.

Graduate Council Charges for AY2016:

  1. Investigate and report upon the accuracy of enrollment projection from GES.
  2. Identify and propose solutions to issues related to guidelines, standards, paperless archiving, timing, and certification after submission of graduate theses/dissertations.
  3. Articulate how the graduate education goals and objectives of the strategic plan will be most effectively implemented, based on review of the strategic plan undertaken by this committee in 2015-16.
  4. Examine and propose optimal ways of developing more accurate estimates of costs and long-term viability of new graduate programs, for interested parties such as the Provost.
  5. Propose ways of providing all graduate students the English writing skills needed to succeed at RIT and in their career.
  6. Collect data for ongoing student tuition costs and time for degree completion to confirm whether or not there is a correlation (an inverse relationship) with accrued billing costs to the student and completion date of the degree.
  7. Examine the 7-year rule related to BS-MS degrees and propose policy change.
  8. Review RIT Policy D2.0 regarding transfer credit allowable to an RIT graduate program and make modifications as needed to ensure we are not penalizing our own RIT graduate students.
  9. Monitor evolution of the Graduate Minors policy and report to Academic Senate changes.
  10. Make recommendations to increase the number of graduate student fellowships at RIT and to increase philanthropic contributions or campaign allocations to support such fellowships.
  11. Propose an FFCEP equivalent (Future Graduate Student Exploration Program) for graduate students, to enhance the diversity of prospective students and to increase the rate of acceptance of high achieving applicants from outside RIT.