Graduate Council & Committees

A variety of committees, under the umbrella of the Graduate Council, work in concert with the Graduate College dean to establish policies and procedures for the Graduate College. The Graduate Council includes one delegate from each academic department that sponsors an advanced degree program, plus representatives from the Graduate Student and Professional Association.

The following committees play a critical role in forming procedures and policies that affect the Graduate College, its faculty members, and its students.

2020-2021 Graduate Council Meeting Dates and Times

  • Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - Webex, 1-3pm
  • Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - Webex, 1-3pm
  • Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - Webex, 1-3pm
  • Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - Webex, 1-3pm
  • Wednesday. March 31, 2021 - Webex, 1-3 pm
  • Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - Webex, 1-3 pm


Executive Committee

Consists of chairs of all Graduate College Committees, Graduate Council Chair, and the GPSA president. The Executive Committee advises the Graduate College dean and aids in strategic planning for the Graduate College.

Course Review

Reviews and approves new graduate courses and course revisions.


Reviews and recommends approval of new graduate degree programs and changes to existing programs.

Graduate Awards Committee

Develops guidelines for awarding graduate student funding for fellowships and scholarships, selects fellowship and scholarship recipients, and selects outstanding graduate faculty and outstanding thesis & dissertation award winners.

Program Review

Works in conjunction with the Faculty Senate to review existing graduate programs.

Appeals and Legal Issues

Reviews and develops policies related to faculty and student welfare, and serves as reviewing and recommending body on select faculty and student academic appeals.

Leadership and Professional Development Academy Advisory Board (LAPDA)

Cultivates opportunities for professional development activities and skills for graduate and professional students, oversees the Graduate Research Certificate Program, and selects the annual Graduate Student Teaching Award.

Ad hoc Top Tier Committees

For the 2021-2022 academic year, five Ad hoc Top Tier Committees will support graduate initiatives. They are as follows:

  • Research and Student Success, typically meets Tuesdays, 2-3 p.m.
  • Interdisciplinary Programs (formerly Innovative Programs), typically meet Thursdays, 1-2 p.m.
  • Postdoctoral Advisory Board, typically meets Mondays, 2-3 p.m.
  • Graduate Pivot Planning, TBA
  • Graduate Associate Deans Council, typically meets Wednesdays, 1-2 p.m


For more information about the role of the Graduate Council and the work of the Graduate Committees, please contact:

Associate Dean of the Graduate College