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Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4116


Graduate Council Official Charge

Graduate Council

The Graduate Council (GC) develops and reviews University policies and procedures for graduate education; reviews and recommends graduate curriculum; monitors the quality of graduate programs of the University; and advises the graduate dean on university, college, and department policies and procedures as set forth in the Graduate Catalog.

I. Function

A. To develop, review, and advise on policies and procedures for Graduate Studies;

B. To act on graduate curriculum proposals;

C. To monitor the quality of graduate programs offered by the Universitiy of Central Missouri, which includes submitting to the Dean of the Graduate School written evaluations of graduate programs as part of the internal program review process;

D. To review applications for Associate or Full Graduate Faculty Status at the request of faculty whose applications were not approved by the GFRC and make recommendations to the Dean of the Graduate School; and

E. To act on student petitions and requests for exceptions to policies and procedures in the Graduate Catalog at the request of the Dean of the Graduate School or upon request of a student whose petition has been denied by the Dean.

II. Position in the Organizational Structure

A. Administrative Committee for the Provost/Vice Presidnet of Academic Affairs.
B. Recommending body to the Dean of the Graduate School.

III. Membership

A. Composition (12 members)

    1. Faculty: Eight faculty who hold Full Graduate Faculty status.
    2. Graduate Students: Two graduate student members representing different colleges.
    3. Administration: Director of Graduate Studies & International Admissions, Assistant Directoro of Graduate Studies & International Admissions, Vice Provost for Academic Programs & Services (all ex officio non-voting).

B. Selection of Voting Members and Quorum

   1. Faculty. Full-status graduate faculty nominate and elect from among their number the members of the GC. There shall be one representative each from the College of Education, the College of Health, Science, and Technology, the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies and Professional Studies. These representatives shall each be nominated and elected by the full-status graduate faculty of their own college/unit. There shall also be four representatives at-large who are nominated and elected by all the full-status members of the Graduate Faculty Assembly.

   2. Students. The graduate student members are appointed by the Graduate Student Association.

   3. Quorum.  A quorum will consist of six voting members.

C. Selection of the Chair and Chair-Elect

   1. The Chair will conduct the election of the GC Chair-Elect no later than the Council’s second scheduled meeting of the year. GC members will nominate candidates from among their number and vote for the Chair-Elect. The Chair-Elect will serve as Chair of the Graduate Faculty Review Committee.

   2. In the event that the GC Chair-Elect is not able to serve as Chair the following year, the Dean of the Graduate School will instruct the GC to elect a Chair from among its members at the first meeting of the year. In this case, it is recommended that the Council select a member who has experience serving on the GC.

   3. The newly elected Chair will follow the procedures in item 1 above to elect a Chair-Elect.

   4. No GC member may serve as Chair more than two consecutive years.

D. Terms of Service

   1. Faculty members, three years staggered.  No member may serve more than two consecutive terms.
   2. Graduate student members, one year.

IV. Comments

The GC will meet as needed through the summer.  Elections will be held for expiring terms during the spring semester.  Newly elected members will be seated at the first meeting of the fall semester of the next academic year.  Special elections may be held to fill vacancies on the GC.  Members elected in a special election will be seated immediately on the GC.
Committees may conduct business and voting via electronic means.


Editorial revision 4/13