GPCs are integral to the success of graduate programs and graduate students as they develop and manage processes that support policy compliance and program-specific needs. GPCs connect their program to their college and the University as a whole and often serve as the only link between the faculty and the policies that all programs must follow.


Coordination for program with wider University   

Standard responsibilities

Serve as a liaison to College and central University offices and represent program and/or DGS (Director of Graduate Studies) on committees and working groups. Communicate and disseminate to the program information learned from central University committees such as RAC (Registrar’s Advisory Committee).

Advanced responsibilities

Influence College and central University offices towards adopting more efficient systems and policies that better serve students.


Data management, analysis and recommendations

Standard responsibilities

Act as program subject matter expert in systems such as Apply Yourself (AY), AppReview, PeopleSoft Campus Solutions, ImageNow, WorkflowGen, MyU, Reporting Center, GPAS, PCAS, and UM Reports.  Serve as a resource for the program to help support students and faculty in understanding how best to use systems and locate information.

Advanced responsibilities

Utilize reports to analyze and interpret data and provide recommendations to DGS/faculty.

Utilize system expertise and analysis and interpretation skills to strategically implement new program solutions with a high level of autonomy.  Identify and simplify ways to help students and faculty understand and use student information systems.

Represent program and/or DGS (Director of Graduate Studies) on committees and working groups with decision making authority.


Program growth

Standard responsibilities

Identify program needs (based on observation, data, and interactions with faculty, students, and other staff) and create optional plans for addressing (e.g. recruitment/retention, funding resources, research opportunities). Engage faculty and students in adopting plans.

Advanced responsibilities

Analyze current processes, identify opportunities, and with independent judgment, implement program business process redesign solutions.

Examples might include recruiting graduate students from underrepresented communities, developing alternate “professional” paths for placement post-graduation; providing space for creating stronger social community.