Graduate Affairs Committee Bylaws


Mission

The Graduate Affairs Committee, serving as the official representative of the Graduate Faculty, will exercise jurisdiction over all matters related to graduate-level programming at Armstrong Atlantic State University.

Duties

The committee will:
1. act on behalf of the Graduate Faculty except as specified elsewhere in the Bylaws;
2. develop, review, and keep current all polices and procedures affecting graduate-level recruitment, admissions, progression through programs, retention, and graduation;
3. approve the list of graduate students for fall and spring commencements;
4. receive reports from the Graduate Student Coordinating Council;
5. establish and maintain the following subcommittees, and receive and act upon their recommendations:
o Graduate Faculty Status Subcommittee
o Graduate Student Appeals Subcommittee
o Graduate Curriculum Subcommittee
6. report to the Senate regarding all matters related to graduate school programming;

Meetings

Regularly scheduled meetings will convene during fall and spring semesters at least once per month from August through April. Special meetings may be called by the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, or the Chair of the committee in consultation with the membership.

Reports

Upon approval of the minutes from each meeting, the committee will report its actions to the Senate, including all actions originating from its various subcommittees.

Membership

The committee will be composed of one graduate faculty member with associate or full graduate faculty status from each of the following graduate programs: early childhood education, middle grades and secondary education, adult education, special education, communication sciences and disorders, health services administration, public health, sports medicine, nursing, physical therapy, criminal justice, history, liberal and professional studies, and computer science.
In addition, two additional at-large member will be included from disciplines not
otherwise represented on this committee. The chief officer of the School of
Graduate Studies, Academic Deans (or their designees), and the Advisor to the
Graduate Student Coordinating Council serve as ex-officio, non-voting members
of the committee.

Graduate Faculty Status Subcommittee

Charge: The Graduate Faculty Status Subcommittee will make recommendations to the Graduate Affairs Committee regarding the granting of graduate faculty status.

Duties: The subcommittee will review and submit recommendations concerning proposals for categories of graduate faculty status, appointment criteria in each category, procedures whereby graduate faculty applications are reviewed by the subcommittee, and graduate faculty applications submitted in accordance with adopted policies and procedures.
Meetings: This subcommittee will meet monthly (August through April) unless otherwise specified or required.
Reports: All subcommittee recommendations are reported to the Graduate Affairs Committee for approval.

Membership: The subcommittee will be composed of seven members as approved by the Graduate Affairs Committee, all members will have associate or full graduate faculty status. A chair of this subcommittee will be determined at the first Graduate Affairs Committee meeting of the academic year.

Graduate Student Appeals Subcommittee

Charge: The Graduate Student Appeals Subcommittee will make recommendations to the Graduate Affairs Committee involving graduate student academic appeals issues.

Duties: The subcommittee will develop and submit recommendations to the Graduate Affairs Committee concerning policies and procedures for graduate student appeals. The subcommittee will supervise the formal adjudication of any such appeals, and may serve in an advisory capacity to the Academic Standards Committee of the Faculty Senate.
Meetings: As needed or requested by the Chair of Graduate Affairs Committee
Reports: All subcommittee recommendations are reported to the Graduate Affairs Committee.

Membership: The subcommittee will be composed of seven members as approved by the Graduate Affairs Committee, members will have associate or full graduate faculty status. A chair of this subcommittee will be determined at the first Graduate Affairs Committee meeting of the academic year.

Graduate Curriculum Subcommittee

Charge: The Graduate Curriculum Subcommittee will make recommendations to the Graduate Affairs Committee involving graduate curricula issues

Duties: The subcommittee will make recommendations concerning general curricular policies and procedures, consider all proposals for new graduate degrees, programs, majors, and courses, and review all actions of college and university curriculum committees pertinent to graduate education.
Meetings: This subcommittee will meet monthly (August through April) unless otherwise specified or required.
Reports: All subcommittee recommendations are reported to the Graduate Affairs Committee for approval.

Membership: The subcommittee will be composed of seven members as approved by the Graduate Affairs Committee, members will have associate or full graduate faculty status. Subcommittee membership will be structured as follows: one member from the College of Health Professions, one member from the College of Liberal Arts, one member from the College of Science and Technology, one member from the College of Education, and one at-large member. A chair of this subcommittee will be determined at the first Graduate Affairs Committee meeting of the academic year.

Approved: April 2009