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Academic Senate

Graduate Council Charges


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.

  1. Expand Glossary of Governance Policy (work with ICC towards this effort). GC believes that the current RIT Policy Manual is in need of a major overhaul. Over time, many small changes have been made to the policy manual to address specific concerns. Changes are made where needed to clarify a policy, making the manual wordy and redundant. Less attention has been given to assuring internal consistency when an addition is made, giving rise to contradictions. The manual is in need of a complete overhaul and reorganization of subject matter

  2. Review and recommend new programs as they are advanced by the colleges.

  3. Continue efforts on unfinished work.
    1. Graduate Grievance Policy
    2. Graduate Residency
    3. MS on the way to a PhD
    4. MS & PhD Thesis Quality
    5. Graduate Assistant Definitions
    6. Graduate Advisor Terminology
    7. Graduate Education Website - Establish a portal for communicating with program directors
    8. Establish guidelines for proposing programs or certificates to GC