Standing Committees of the Graduate Council

Note: The Committee on Courses and Programs and the Committee on Program Review are committees jointly of the Graduate Council and the Faculty Senate.

Committee on Courses and Programs reviews and makes recommendations to the Graduate Council and Faculty Senate for actions on proposals approved by a college or school for the following: 1) new courses; 2) changes in title, description, number, prerequisites, etc. of courses; 3) new undergraduate and graduate degree programs; and 4) modifications to degree programs. The committee is responsible for resolving questions concerning course numbering, course or program duplication, completeness of course or program revision forms, and other questions pertaining to course and program changes, including compliance with administrative guidelines implementing Board Policy.

Proposals made to this Committee will be collected by the Graduate School and distributed to the members prior to each meeting. A summary sheet listing all recommendations from the committee is distributed with the agenda to the Graduate Council and the Faculty Senate prior to the meetings at which they are reported. Proposals which affect graduate courses or programs will be approved by the Graduate Council prior to consideration by the Faculty Senate.

Voting committee membership consists of a representative with graduate faculty rank to be appointed by the dean of each undergraduate college or school, a representative with graduate faculty rank from each undergraduate college and school to be chosen from the voting membership of the Faculty Senate, a representative of the Graduate Council, a representative of the university libraries appointed by the Dean of Libraries, a representative of the School of Law chosen by the Dean of Law, a student member selected by the ASG and a student member selected by the Graduate Dean's Student Advisory Board, the chair of the Campus Faculty, the Vice Chair of the Faculty Senate, and the chair of the Graduate Council. In addition, one non-voting representative appointed by the Dean of the Division of Continuing Education will serve on the committee, and a representative from the Registrar's Office will meet with the committee to provide technical support. The committee elects its own chair.

The Committee on Program Review has the responsibility for initiating, participating in, or evaluating the results of undergraduate and graduate program reviews consistent with University guidelines and the review schedule as set forth in Academic Policy 1620.10 and 1620.11 requiring that each program be reviewed at least once every 10 years by this process or external reviewers. Revisions to the guidelines and the schedule for reviews may developed by the committee and recommended by the Faculty Senate, consistent with Board of Trustees policy 620.1, Arkansas code 6-61-214, and policy of the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board including the provision that changes to program review guidelines and schedule must be approved by the AHECB. Reviews of graduate programs will be presented to the Graduate Council before being presented to the Faculty Senate.

Voting committee membership consists of a voting member of the Faculty Senate and a voting member of the Graduate Council from each academic college, the chair of the Graduate Council, and the Vice Chair of the Faculty Senate or his/her representative. The committee elects its own chair.

Teaching Assistant Effectiveness Advisory Committee is comprised of the Associate Dean of the Graduate School, as the chair, a representative from the library, a representative from the Teaching and Faculty Support Center, one faculty and one teaching graduate assistant representative from each of the undergraduate colleges, and one faculty and one teaching graduate assistant representative from each of the following: a) a department with fewer than five teaching graduate assistants; b) a department with five to ten teaching graduate assistants; c) a department with eleven to twenty teaching graduate assistants; and d) a department with more than twenty teaching graduate assistants appointed during that academic year. (For these purposes, teaching graduate assistants are those who have full responsibility for teaching a credit bearing course, or who are responsible for a lab.) Members will be chosen by the Dean of the Graduate School. The committee facilitates communication between the Dean of the Graduate School and the Graduate Council, on the one hand, and the teaching graduate assistants, departments, and colleges, on the other. The committee cooperates with the Teaching and Faculty Support Center, the Teaching Council of the Faculty Senate, the Teaching Assistant Advisory Board of the Teaching and Faculty Support Center, and the Teaching Academy in the development of strategies to prepare future teaching assistants. The committee will meet at least three times per semester during the academic year, and service on the committee is for one academic year.

The Academic Appeals Subcommittee of the Graduate Council will hear appeals from students to waive a university rule related to their academic record and will hear appeals from Graduate School staff to waive a rule related to admission to the Graduate School.  The membership of the committee will consist of the senior members of the Council from each college/interdisciplinary programs plus the two members of the Graduate Dean’s Student Advisory Board who serve on the Council.  The Associate Dean of the Graduate School will serve as the chair of the committee.