Graduate Curriculum Committee

The Graduate Curriculum Committee reviews curricular issues related to graduate education, including proposals for creating, revising, and deleting graduate programs, certificates, and tracks, and courses.

About Senate Curricular Committees

The Faculty Senate establishes Senate curricular committees, which report to the full Faculty Senate at each meeting of the Faculty Senate. Subcommittees of the council carry out the work of the council. As the elected representatives of the faculty, the Faculty Senate is responsible for all university curricular committees and councils. See Graduate Council for details regarding the Council.

Even though there is no voting by proxy for Senate meetings, Senate curricular committees may adopt policies at the start of the year to allow voting by proxy. According to Robert’s Rules of Order (latest edition) proxies should be written, be for a specific meeting, and be given to the committee chair before the start of a meeting.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. To review curricular issues related to graduate education and make recommendations to the dean of the College of Graduate Studies.
  2. To review changes to existing graduate programs (such as hours, thesis/non-thesis options).
  3. To review new tracks or options to existing graduate programs and deletions of tracks or options.
  4. To review new certificate programs and the deletion of existing certificate programs.
  5. To review all requests for additions, revisions, and deletions of graduate and special topic courses.
  6. To review all matters referred by the dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

Committee References

Senate Curricular Committee Procedures
Parliamentary Procedure
Senate Resources Website


The Graduate Curriculum Committee shall consist of one graduate faculty member from each academic unit, at least four of whom are members of the Faculty Senate, and a graduate student. The graduate student representative will be appointed by the chair of the council based on recommendations made by the president of the Graduate Student Association and the dean of the College of Graduate Studies. The ex officio members include the dean of the College of Graduate Studies (or designee) and the assistant or associate dean (or designee) whose responsibilities include graduate curricular issues from each of the colleges. The council vice chair will serve as the chair of the Graduate Curriculum Committee. The vice chair shall be elected annually by its membership at the first meeting of the committee after the new Faculty Senate is elected, normally in the early fall term.Terms of service shall be three years, staggered.

A committee member designated as an ex officio member is a contributing member who takes part in all discussions and serves as a resource person but is non-voting and cannot serve as the chair of the committee.

For expectations of committee members, see Curricular Committee Procedures.

Graduate Curriculum Committee

Elsie Olan, Chair
English Language Arts Education
College of Community Innovation and Education

TBD, Vice Chair

Emily Stettner
College of Graduate Studies

Note: A committee member who misses more than half of the regularly scheduled meetings in an academic year for which an alternate has not been assigned by the Senate Office is presumed to have resigned from the committee. It is the responsibility of the committee member to ensure attendance is recorded whether in person or on the phone.

Meeting Schedule

On April 7, 2016,the Faculty Senate Steering Committee established Wednesday as the standard meeting day and 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. as the standard meeting time. The standard meeting time does not prevent the curricular committees from scheduling a longer or additional meeting to address time-sensitive deadlines. The specific meeting schedule for the committee is maintained by the College of Graduate Studies at Graduate Curriculum Committee Website.

Monday, August 31, 2020
Zoom Meeting
9:00-10:00 a.m.

Meeting Materials

The official agendas, materials distributed, and approved minutes and materials for each meeting are distributed and maintained by the College of Graduate Studies and can found on the Graduate Curriculum Committee Website.



Thursday, November 19, 2020
4:00 p.m. Zoom Meeting
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Thursday, November 12, 2020
4:00 p.m. Zoom Meeting

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