Graduate Curriculum Committee

The primary responsibility of the Graduate Curriculum Committee (GCC) is the graduate curricula. However, they may also bring to the Educational Policies and Planning Committee (EPPC) proposals for creating or reviewing academic policies. (Faculty Handbook ch. 1, p. 20)

Procedures for graduate curricular proposals:

i. Course Proposals: In the case of proposals for new graduate courses, substantial changes to existing graduate courses, and designation of required courses in graduate programs, the originating department shall regularly submit an informational report on all such course proposals after final approval by the school/college. The informational report shall identify the name of the course, the course number, the CIP code (Classification of Instructional Programs), the number of credits, whether the course is required or elective, and provide a brief description of the course. This informational report shall be sent to all chairs of curriculum committees (who will keep academic deans and department chairs appropriately informed) and to the Graduate Curriculum Committee. Within thirty (30) class days after receipt of the informational report, the Graduate Curriculum Committee by a two-thirds vote may re-designate the proposal as a major graduate curricular proposal if it concludes that the proposal falls within the description for Major Graduate Curriculum Proposals. Without re- designation as a major graduate curricular proposal, the Graduate Curriculum Committee may offer advisory suggestions on a course proposal to the originating department.

ii.  Major Graduate Curricular Proposals: In the case of proposals for (1) new graduate degrees or programs, (2) new credit-bearing certificate programs, (3) increases or decreases in the total credit hours required to complete a degree, (4) significant restructuring of a graduate program, and (5) changes that require cooperation or will significantly draw on resources from other schools/colleges, the Graduate Curriculum Committee will review proposals to consider whether they will have a significant impact on resources outside of the originating school/college, result in significant and inappropriate duplication of the education or responsibilities of another school/college, significantly undermine the quality of a University of St. Thomas degree, or be inconsistent with the university’s mission. After completion of the appropriate curriculum process in the originating department’s school or college and at the time of its submission to the Graduate Curriculum Committee, any major graduate curricular proposal will be accompanied by a letter from the appropriate academic dean or dean’s designee, after consultation with the Executive Vice President and Provost, commenting on the proposal’s relevance to the mission of the university and availability of university resources to support the proposal. When the proposal is submitted to the Graduate Curriculum Committee, it shall also be sent to all academic deans, all department chairs, and all chairs of curriculum committees. Within thirty (3) class days after submission, and with full consideration of the distinctive nature of each graduate program, the Graduate Curriculum Committee shall vote to approve or reject a major graduate curricular proposal. If the Graduate Curriculum Committee rejects any major graduate curricular proposal, it will remand the proposal to the originating department with a written explanation of the reasons for that decision, and initiate conversations with that department. The department may then submit a revised proposal, which follows the curricular process in the school or college. If the originating department and the Graduate Curriculum Committee are not able to come to a resolution after remand, the originating department may take the proposal directly to the Faculty Senate. Any major curricular proposal that passes Graduate Curriculum Committee or Faculty Senate review becomes a recommendation to the administration.

iii. Other Graduate Curricular Matters: With the approval of the Executive Vice President and Provost, the Graduate Curriculum Committee may establish default rules for graduate programs regarding, for example, classification of students, grades, academic probation and suspension, student course loads, grade reports, transfer of credit, residence requirements, requirements for honors, and academic calendar. An individual graduate program may adopt more specific rules on these matters.

(Faculty Handbook ch. 1 pg. 23-24)