Overview of the Structure and Organization of Graduate Education Policies
The Graduate School’s policies are formally approved guiding and governing principles that assist in the conduct of graduate education. The Graduate School’s policy schema is divided into academic policies and administrative policies. Academic policies are directly concerned with the pedagogical mission of the Graduate School. Administrative policies set operational and financial standards, behavior expectations, and communicate policy roles and responsibilities to ensure that all policies are operationalized, enacted, and enforced.
Academic policies are enacted by Graduate Council as the representative body of Graduate Faculty with delegated authority “for the creation and maintenance of all graduate programs in the University and for all matters pertaining to graduate education and graduate research.” (GC-100 Articles of Authority). Graduate Council ACademic policies are given the abbreviation GCAC. New academic policies must be approved by Graduate Council. The Statement of Policy and Process sections in all approved GCAC academic policies are directly under the control and authority of Graduate Council. Any changes, other than minor editorial corrections (e.g., spelling or grammar), made to these sections must be approved by Graduate Council.
Administrative policies are enacted by the Dean of the Graduate School, as the person who has “the responsibility for implementing the policies and actions of the Council and the Graduate Faculty and for administering the Graduate School so that it is effective in implementing and responding to those policies.” (GC-100 Articles of Authority). Graduate School ADministrative policies are given the abbreviation GSAD. New administrative policies must be approved by the Dean of the Graduate School. The Statement of Policy section in all approved GSAD administrative policies is directly under the control and authority of the Dean of the Graduate School. Any changes made to this section must be approved by the Dean of the Graduate School.