History of the Graduate Curriculum Committee (GCC)

The Graduate Curriculum Committee was created in the fall of 1998 as the Graduate Program and Policy Committee (GPPC). In the inaugural year of the GPPC, the committee focused on the University of St. Thomas’ mission and its application, working closely with the newly developed Graduate Assembly to establish standards for accreditation and curricula.

The GPPC’s original Statement of Purpose and Organization:

The Graduate Program and Policy Committee is created to ensure academic excellence and integrity in the design, development, and marketing of graduate education at the University of St. Thomas.  It serves not as a gatekeeper or final authority on questions of new or existing graduate education, but as a support and resource to the programs, to the Executive Vice President and Provost of Academic Affairs, and to the University as a whole.  In this regard, the Committee is guided by the principle of subsidiarity, moving authority to approve curricular changes to the appropriate level within the organization, which in most cases will be within programs or individual Schools.  The Graduate Schools acknowledge the need for this representative academic council, which becomes for them an intellectual resource with a shared commitment to the well-being of the institution, to the good of the academic community, and to professional graduate education.  Underlying the creation and design of work for the Graduate Program and Policy Committee is a philosophy embedded in the following objectives:
  • To enable innovation to proceed with appropriate speed while retaining essential review processes.
  • To inform and educate colleagues across graduate programs about program curricular developments of interest to the whole community.
  • To provide a mechanism for academic programs to seek informed review and constructive feedback from St. Thomas colleagues outside their disciplines or programs.
  • To ensure that significant resource issues, especially in regard to new initiatives, are addressed from a broad university perspective.
  • To encourage appropriate collaboration and to take appropriate action with regard to curricular and program redundancies among schools.
  • To develop curricular and academic policies which serve fairly and equitably the needs of all programs and students in the University’s graduate schools.
  • To give the Vice President of Academic Affairs thoughtful feedback and recommendations from faculty regarding new graduate initiatives.

During the 2005-2006 academic year, the Educational Policies and Planning Committee (EPPC) discussed the implementation of a new governance system, particularly the merging of the GPPC and the UPPC committee membership. In the fall of the 2006-2007 academic year, the GPPC was restructured and the Graduate Curriculum Committee was formed.