GPCs are the initial analysers and interpreters of policies for the program, College and University. They are the people on whom both students and faculty rely to have accurate and up-to-date information for whatever issues may arise.


University, program, and college policies and procedures

Standard responsibilities

Make decisions for the program on approval of registration exceptions and oral committee assignments.  Authorize and initiate changes such as advisor assignment and/or adding a minor or plan type to the student’s record.

Review all preliminary and final oral exam committee requests for the program and authorize approval of committees that meet University requirements.

Coordinates approval for external faculty becoming preliminary and final exam committee members and assigning affiliate faculty status within the U of M.

Alert DGS/faculty when the program is not in compliance with College or University policies and provide information about consequences. Identify plan to resolve as needed.

Advanced responsibilities

Interpret and provide clarity to students and faculty on program, College, and University policies governing student degree progress and related procedures.

Manage graduate program faculty assignments, including advising and committee roles, and determine that they comply with University policy.

Participate in professional development activities in order to gain knowledge and insight on current trends in higher education policy.

Seek out opportunities to participate and become actively involved in the development of program, College, and University policy initiatives.