Graduate Education Council

The Graduate Education Council (GEC) serves as an advisory body to the vice provost and dean of graduate education and is charged to review and make recommendations on:

  • proposals for new and changed Ph.D. programs
  • the results of internal and external program reviews of these programs
  • proposals for other doctoral, master's and post-baccalaureate certificate (PBC) programs, and for modifications to existing doctoral (non-Ph.D.), master's and PBC programs, upon request by the vice provost and dean of graduate education
  • the revision and updating of new graduate education policies
  • other matters related to graduate education

Additional responsibilities of GEC members include:

  • providing input to the Graduate and Professional Education Assembly and its agendas
  • serving on the Graduate School Academic Grievance Committee

The council is chaired by the vice provost and dean of graduate education. Its membership includes 15 - 20 elected faculty members and 5 graduate students (3 representatives and 2 alternates) who represent the broad array of graduate disciplines across the University and the several coordinate campuses that offer graduate programs. The council meets monthly during the academic year. Details of the council’s charge, membership (including terms of service), and operating procedures are described in the council bylaws.

In academic year 2010-11, a provisional council was convened with members appointed by the vice provost and dean of graduate education. The provisional council met monthly from October 2010 through November 2011. The first elected members of the Graduate Education Council began serving in January 2012