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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.

Charges for AY2018 -

Carryover charges:

  1. GC Charge 2: Review Policy D12.0 (Graduation Requirements) and address the need to clarify the ROLE OF DEFENSE CHAIR in this policy (carryover from 2016-2017).  Revisit D.12VIb to determine if clarification is needed on the role of the Defense Chair.
  2. GC Charge 3: Investigate the variation across all RIT graduate programs in interpretation of the policy to require a Program GPA (currently 3.0) required for graduation, and how the Program GPA is calculated. Review all related policy to determine if modification is required based on these findings.
  3. GC Charge 5: Make recommendations for streamlining the graduate program proposal process.  Continue charge next year to include: i. Clarify expectations for the proposal content or clearly articulate what information GC must have, to adequately review and offer approval; ii. Develop a one or two-page guideline or FAQ’s sheet that clarifies proposal content expectations, clearly communicates GC’s review process; iii. Provide sample timelines for proposal submission and approval.
  4. GC Charge 6: Identify whether current policy is sufficient to guide students in the situation where they are studying for multiple graduate degrees.
  5. GC Charge 7: Review policy D12.0 (Graduation Requirements), specifically where it concerns the 20% limit of graduate transfer credits in Section V, Subsection C. Identify the origins, and impacts on this limitation to graduate education. Make recommendations for change in policy as necessary.

New charges:

  1. Investigate Policy D05.0 VI Repeating Courses to raise low grades, Section B. Graduate Students and Policy D5.0 – VII Grade Point Average. Make recommendations for repeating courses and for the calculation of Program Grade Point Average (PGPA) for graduate programs. The committee should consider the following:
  • Why are graduate grades done differently than UG grades?
  • Why are graduate grades averaged for all course attempts?
  • Why not count the most recent grade received for a course, for which the student has made multiple attempts, similar to UG grades?
  • It is very difficult to recover from a bad grade, if a grade of a second attempt with an improved grade is averaged with the first one. Are RIT graduate students at a disadvantage when applying for jobs or for PhD programs, because of the way we calculate graduate grades?
  • Should this policy for graduate grades be reviewed and benchmarked with other universities?

Based on the findings and on suggested modifications, to D05.0 VI, make changes to D5.0 VII for the calculation of Program Grade Point Average (PGPA) for graduate programs.