Graduate Academic Policies & Procedures Committee
Chairperson: Dr. Marie Hoepfl, Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment
Deputy Chairperson: Dr. Mark Bradbury, Department of Government & Justice Studies
Graduate Academic Policies and Procedures Committee as defined by the Faculty Handbook
22.214.171.124 Graduate Academic Policies and Procedures Committee
(a) The Graduate Academic Policies and Procedures Committee formulates and recommends policies governing the administration of graduate studies and provides final faculty review of graduate curriculum proposals.
(b) Members on the Graduate Academic Policies and Procedures Committee: 14 – 13 Faculty holding full graduate faculty status, excluding affiliate members, and one graduate student as voting members. The faculty voting members shall include at least one faculty member from each college or school offering graduate programs and the Library, with additional faculty members to be based on the current proportion of full graduate faculty in the colleges or schools. The graduate student member shall be selected by the Graduate Student Association Senate (GSAS). The ex-officio non-voting membership of the Graduate Committee shall include the graduate dean and associate dean, the chair of the Undergraduate Academic Policies and Procedures Committee (or his/her designee), and one person from each of the following areas: dean’s office in each college/school, Registrar, Distance Education, Office of Research, Division of Enrollment Management, and Faculty Senate’s Academic Policy Committee. The provost and executive vice chancellor, or his/her designee, will convene the first meeting and facilitate the selection of a chair, or co-chairs, from among the voting members of the committee.
(c) Report to: the provost and executive vice chancellor.
(d) Areas of Responsibility: graduate curriculum, policies affecting graduate programs, appeals concerning academic matters coming from graduate programs in any college/school, department, members of the faculty or students and matters referred to it by the provost and executive vice chancellor or the chancellor.
(e) The Graduate Academic Policies and Procedures Committee will send its agenda to the entire faculty at least six working days prior to a scheduled meeting.
Directions for Submitting Curriculum Proposals for Approval
Prior to APP action and final approval by the Provost, the Graduate AP&P must review and act on all proposals associated with the following:
- graduate course additions, deletions, or changes, including all dual-listed 4000-level courses. If the only change is the semester offering, then the department can notify the graduate school via email (semestersofferings [at] appstate [dot] edu).
- graduate degree or certificate changes, additions, or deletions, including admission criteria and non-course requirements for completion.
- policy changes related to degree requirements, admission requirements, and academic policies as stated in the Graduate Bulletin and Course Catalog.
Curriculum proposals will not be accepted for Graduate AP&P consideration until the proposals have been approved by the appropriate academic college/school councils and reviewed by the Registrar's Office staff (for course number and title issues).
When each college/school's dean's office has determined that the proposals are ready for submission to the AP&P Committees, a cover memo from the dean's office, along with the approved proposals should be sent to the Graduate AP&P Committee by submission deadline date. The cover memo must include the AP&P meeting date and a brief summary/list of the proposals that are ready to be considered for that specific meeting. Each proposal with attachments should be submitted as a single PDF document.
Proposals must be emailed as PDF using the appropriate APP form. Email proposals as attachments to Sharron Grimes <gradapp [at] appstate [dot] edu> by the dates indicated above. More information on APP approvals and forms can be found on the APP website: http://www.app.appstate.edu. Please note updated file naming protocol in effect starting Fall 2015.
Note: Graduate CERTIFICATE Proposals must include the "Proposing a New Graduate Program" form [83k]
Review and Approval Process
Proposals will be screened carefully about a week prior to the Graduate AP&P meeting by the Curriculum Committee of the AP&P Committee. If there are questions or concerns at that time, the department chair will be contacted.
A representative from the program (typically the department chair or program director) should be present at the Curriculum Subcommittee meeting of Graduate AP&P meeting to answer any questions from the group. The program representative will be notified of the meeting time and location upon submission of the proposal.
Topics Currently Under Discussion
The Graduate Council has recently finished a review of the mission and goals for graduate education. Discussion continues on the format for the process of graduate program review. Feedback is welcome on the following topics and may be sent to the Dean or to any member of the Council.
- Prioritization, planning and the review process for graduate programs.
- Rules and regulations on certificates and minors
- Other topics addressed in the last three years:
- Graduate Faculty Membership process and criteria
- Program of study and candidacy process and timing
- Baseline criterion for unconditional admission
- Dual-listed courses