September 13, 2004



TO:                  Ron Rada, Interim Director

                        Graduate Studies and Convener Graduate Council


FROM:            Bruce Riley, Chair

                        Faculty Senate


RE:                  Committee Charge for 2004-2005 Academic Year


This letter is intended to serve as the initial charge letter to the Graduate Council for the 2004-05 academic year.  Since its creation a few years ago, the Graduate Council has served primarily as a policy-making body for UW-L's graduate programs and as an advisory committee to the Director of Graduate Studies.  As the convener of the Committee, it is your responsibility to arrange, as soon a feasible, an organizational meeting, the primary purpose of which is to elect a chairperson and a secretary.


The specific duties and responsibilities of the committee are:


1.      Establishing, in consultation with departments and/or colleges, academic standards pertaining to graduate study, including policies for graduate student admission, honors recognition, retention, probation, dismissal and readmission.

2.      Determining the procedures and criteria for selecting members of the graduate faculty and annually approving an updated roster of members of the graduate faculty.

3.      Formulating procedures for hearing graduate student appeals and petitions on academic policy matters not resolved by administrative offices of the university.

4.      Studying long-range issues related to any aspect of graduate studies and recommending how and by whom these issues should be addressed.


Membership of the committee shall consist of nine graduate faculty.  The faculty membership shall include at least one representative from each of the following academic units:  the College of Science and Allied Health, the College of Business Administration, and the College of Education, Exercise Science, Health and Recreation.  At least one representative from each college shall be either a graduate program director (having no additional administrative responsibilities) or a member of a department participating in a graduate program. In addition, the director of university graduate studies, the chair of the graduate curriculum committee, and two graduate students shall serve as members. The academic deans or their designated appointees, and the registrar shall serve as administrative consultants to the committee. The committee shall elect its chairperson. The director of university graduate studies shall serve as convener.


In addition to the committee’s normal duties, I ask that the committee consider and report on the following special charges:


Graduate Council:

  • Report on the growth in the number of graduate programs in the last few years.  Is there sufficient support for the current number of programs? 
  • Determine whether or not graduate programs are maintaining sufficient numbers of students.
  • Report on graduate student recruitment efforts/results relative to Plan 2008.
  • Report on problems faced by graduate students (for example, housing, financial support, and work life issues), compare the situation at UW-La Crosse with situations at like institutions, and recommend ways to address problems as necessary.


Instead of target dates for receipt of reports, I propose to ask each chair to talk with me in order to schedule dates for the Senate to review the results of these charges.  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.