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Recent Actions of Graduate Council

POLICY CHANGE - EFFECTIVE FALL 2019
GCAC-208 Dual-Title Graduate Degree Programs
Approved by Graduate Council, May 1, 2019.
Effective date: Fall 2019 (8/12/2019)

This policy was revised as a result of revisions to GCAC-604, which gave dual-title graduate programs additional options concerning the timing of the Qualifying Examination.


POLICY CHANGE - EFFECTIVE FALL 2019
GCAC-604 Qualifying Examination - Research Doctorate
Approved by Graduate Council, May 1, 2019.
Effective date: Fall 2019 (8/12/2019)

This policy was revised extensively.


POLICY CHANGE - EFFECTIVE FALL 2019
GCAC-603 Ph.D. Committee Responsibilities - Research Doctorate
Approved by Graduate Council, February 13, 2019.
Effective date: Fall 2019 (8/12/2019)

This policy was revised extensively.


POLICY CHANGE - EFFECTIVE FALL 2019
GCAC-501 Credit Load
Approved by Graduate Council, January 16, 2019.
Effective date: Fall 2019 (8/12/2019)

The maximum credit load per semester for students in a professional degree program was changed from 15 to 21 credits. The revisions also clarify that a college or school may set a lower credit limit for their unit. Research degree students (those students in M.A., M.S., or Ph.D. programs) are still limited to 15 credits per semester.


POLICY CHANGE - EFFECTIVE FALL 2019
GCAC-213 Residency and Related Policies for Off-Campus Degree Programs
Approved by Graduate Council, January 16, 2019.
Effective date: Fall 2019 (8/12/2019)

The requirement for a 3-year report to Graduate Council for new off-site and online programs was eliminated. The requested information will now be submitted and reviewed as part of the Graduate School’s regular three-year graduate program review cycle.


POLICY CHANGE - EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
GCAC-101 Graduate Faculty Membership

Revised to remove statements that conflict with Graduate Council Bylaws. Revisions clarify that all categories of members of the Graduate Faculty are eligible to be elected to Graduate Council as long as they meet the Qualifications listed in the Graduate Council Bylaws, Article I, Section C.


POLICY CHANGE - EFFECTIVE SPRING 2019
GCAC-605 English Competence - Research Doctorate
Approved by Graduate Council, October 17, 2018.
Effective date: Spring 2019 (12/17/2018)

Minor revisions were made to clarify that (1) programs must describe their procedures for assessing English competence in their handbooks; (2) an oral component must be included in the assessment; (3) AEOCPT, TOEFL, and/or IELTS scores are not sufficient to assess English competence; and (4) programs must document the assessment of English competence when reporting the results of the Qualifying Examination.


POLICY CHANGE - EFFECTIVE FALL 2018
GCAC-602 Dissertation Committee Formation, Composition, and Review - Research Doctorate
Approved by Graduate Council, May 2, 2018

This policy was revised extensively. Note that the name change from "Candidacy Examination" to "Qualifying Examination" was approved as part of this policy change.


REVIEWED - EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
GCAC-601 Residency Requirement - Research Doctorate
Reviewed by Graduate Council, May 2, 2018

This policy was reviewed by Graduate Council, but no substantive changes to the policy were made.


APPROVED - EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
Guidelines for Research Master's (M.A. and M.S.) Degree Proposals
Approved by the Committee on Programs and Courses, Feb. 15, 2018

All new program and program change proposals submitted must include a description of how programs that include an M.A. or M.S. will meet these requirements. These guidelines have been added to the Graduate Program Proposal Procedures page.


APPROVED - EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
Recommended Practices in Graduate Education
Approved by Graduate Council, Feb. 14, 2018

This document suggests examples of recommended practices in each of three core areas for all of the key participants in graduate student education. Programs are encouraged to use these suggestions as a starting point to develop a set of recommended practices that meets the needs of their students.


POLICY CHANGE - EFFECTIVE FALL 2017
GCAC-101 Graduate Faculty Membership
Approved by Graduate Council, May 3, 2017

The Graduate Faculty Membership policy was revised to include a new Category of membership, Category Q. In the Graduate Faculty Membership Policy, under Categories of Membership in the Graduate Faculty, a section for Category Q Membership was added (Section 1.b.). This section defines the expected duties and minimum qualifications of a Category Q member and states that only one member of a Ph.D. dissertation committee can be a Category Q member of the Graduate Faculty. The nomination forms for all categories of membership in the Graduate Faculty were updated.


POLICY CHANGE - EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
GCAC-204 Graduate Course Definitions – 500- vs. 800-Level Courses
Approved by Graduate Council, March 15, 2017

The definitions of 500- and 800-level courses were revised to provide more detail about the distinction between the two categories.


POLICY CHANGE - EFFECTIVE FALL 2017
GCAC-642 Culminating Experience - Research Master's
Approved by Graduate Council, Dec. 14, 2016

The requirements for the culminating experience for the M.A. and M.S. were revised to add a third possibility: either a thesis based upon original research in the field; a scholarly paper or essay that is research-oriented; or a capstone course that includes a work product which demonstrates evidence of analytical thinking and synthesis of knowledge in the field of study. The transcript for all students graduating with an M.S. or M.A. degree will be notated to reflect the applicable culminating experience. Programs may offer one, two, or all three options, subject to approval of the Graduate Council Joint Curricular Committee.


APPROVED - EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
GCAC-201 Scholarly and Professional Goals for All Graduate Degree Students
Approved by Graduate Council, April 13, 2016

These broad, overarching educational goals were endorsed by Graduate Council to provide a framework for graduate education policies across all of Penn State's graduate programs, for both research and professional degrees, and at all degree levels.


POLICY CHANGE - EFFECTIVE FALL 2016
GCAC-209 Concurrent Degrees
Approved by Graduate Council, Feb. 17, 2016

This policy was revised extensively.

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