September 14, 2004
TO: Carol Angell, Convener
Graduate Curriculum Committee (GCC)
FROM: Bruce Riley, Chair
RE: Committee Charge for 2004-2005 Academic Year
This memo is intended to serve as the initial charge letter to the Graduate Curriculum Committee for the 2004-05 academic year. As the convener of the Committee, it is your responsibility to arrange, as soon as feasible, an organizational meeting, the primary purpose of which is to elect a chairperson and a secretary. Please share this memo with the committee members either at the organizational meeting or, if you prefer, prior to that meeting.
Each faculty committee is expected to promptly provide the Senate office (5-8018) the results of the election of officers and any changes in committee membership. Regarding the latter item, the committee chairperson should carefully review the policies on committee attendance and the role of alternates on pgs. 10-11, of the 8-27-01 Articles & By-laws materials distributed by Jennifer Wilson's office. Following recent practice, we are asking that the committee secretaries e-mail the meeting minutes to Sibbie Weathers, ( firstname.lastname@example.org) so that the minutes can be quickly posted at the Senate Web site. At the end of the academic year, the committee chair should submit a report on the activities of the Graduate Curriculum Committee for that year.
Duties and responsibilities of the committee shall include:
1. Receiving, reviewing and acting on proposals for curricular changes from the various academic departments and graduate programs.
2. Initiating, developing and recommending changes in the design of curricula for experimental and research purposes.
3. Informing department chairpersons/program directors, in writing, of proposals being considered that relate to experimental curricula or their programs, thus providing adequate opportunity for departments/programs to be heard prior to committee and senate action on such proposals.
4. Evaluating various curricular proposals by an established set of criteria, taking into consideration the needs of students and of society, the mission of the university, the necessity for quality programs, and the ability of the department and college to meet the resource needs of the proposal.
5. Coordinating the various curricula through formal consultation with the academic departments, graduate programs, and the Academic Program Review Committee.
6. Publishing the agenda of regularly scheduled meetings in the university newsletter.
Membership of the committee shall consist of nine members of the graduate
faculty and three graduate students. The faculty membership shall include at
least the following numbers of representatives from each of the following
academic units: one from the College of Liberal Studies, three from the College
of Science and Allied Health, one from the College of Business Administration,
and three from the College of Education, Exercise Science, Health and
Recreation. The student members shall represent three of these academic
units. The provost/vice chancellor, registrar, director of university
graduate studies, director of the library and academic deans shall serve as
administrative consultants to the committee. The committee shall elect its
Although no special charge is being given to the Committee this year, should the membership wish to bring any policy issues to the attention of the Senate, it should certainly do so. Any recommendations that the Committee would like to make to the Senate should be submitted to our office in a timely fashion. If you have questions or concerns regarding these charges, please contact me at any time during the year.
Finally, if the Senate Executive Committee or I can assist your committee in any way during the year, please do not hesitate to ask.