The Graduate Council Charge

13.21.1 There are ten Santa Cruz Division members. The Dean of Graduate Studies serves ex officio, and shall not serve as Chair or Vice Chair.  In addition, there are one Library representative, no more than three Graduate Student Association representatives, and one Postdoctoral Scholars Association representative.  Among the Division members, there are at least one, but no more than three members from each academic division and the School of Engineering. (Am 6 Dec 67, 22 Jan 69, 3 Dec 69, 13 Oct 76, 9 Nov 2000, 16 May 03, 31 Aug 15; CC 31 Aug 98; EC 2 Sept 69, 1 Aug 76, 18 Oct 91, 31 Aug 99, 31 Aug 04; 31 Aug 06)

13.21.2 The Graduate Council sets policies and procedures on behalf of the Santa Cruz Division on matters pertaining to all graduate academic and professional programs. It establishes policies regarding admission to candidacy for higher degrees, limitation of graduate study lists, appointment of committees in charge of candidates' studies and research, and the supervision of examinations for higher degrees. It approves on behalf of the Santa Cruz Division the award of higher degrees. (Am 31 Aug 15)

13.21.3 The Graduate Council reviews and approves proposals for new programs for existing higher degrees, the establishment of new higher degrees, and changes in existing graduate programs, including, but not restricted to, addition or deletion of programs within existing degrees, joint programs across departments or schools or campuses, and discontinuation of programs. The Council Chair may also act as a pre-consultant for new graduate programs and provide feedback to the proposing faculty. Proposals approved by the Graduate Council, after consultation with the Committee on Planning and Budget, are recommended by the Council to the Coordinating Committee on Graduate Affairs. (Am 25 May 77, 31 Aug 15; CC 24 Jan 77, 24 Jan 79, 31 Aug 98)

13.21.4 The Graduate Council has plenary authority in all matters relating to graduate curricula and courses of instruction in the Santa Cruz Division. The Graduate Council monitors and ensures the quality, viability, and appropriateness of existing graduate programs, and ensures that the graduate curricula are in compliance with Senate Regulations and educational policies.  The Council approves catalog program statements and degree requirements for all graduate programs. On these matters, the Council maintains liaison with the Divisional Committee on Educational Policy.  (Am 10 May 67, 4 June 69, 26 May 76, 31 Aug 15; CC 1 Aug 77, 28 Jan 81)

13.21.5 The Council reviews proposals and academic plans for the establishment of academic units (departments, schools and colleges), offering or intending to offer graduate and/or professional instruction and degrees. (En 31 Aug 15)

13.21.6 The Council advises the Graduate Division on policies and procedures for the allocation of graduate student support funds. (En 31 Aug 15)

13.21.7 Consistent with Senate Bylaws 20 and 330C, the Council may delegate to the Dean of Graduate Studies routine administrative decisions related to the academic regulations and policies of the Graduate Council. The Graduate Council will monitor and review on an annual basis these delegated decisions. (En 31 Aug 15)