university Graduate Committee
The Graduate Committee is a standing academic University committee of The University
of Texas at Brownsville (UTB). UTB HOP Policy 5.2.4 further defines academic
University committees and councils.
The Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs appoints all members after receiving recommendations from the Faculty Senate concerning representative members.
Duties and Responsibilities
The committee shall review and make recommendations on graduate academic policies and standards related to curriculum, admissions, fellowships and assistantships, criteria for and appointment to the Graduate Faculty and other matters of importance to graduate education. Committee recommendations will be forwarded through the Dean of Graduate Studies to the Office of the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs for appropriate administrative review and action. The Committee’s minutes will be made available to the academic community.
Faculty membership shall be selected from those qualified to teach graduate courses and those recommended for appointment by the graduate faculty of the school or college. The Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate shall present the nominees to the Academic Senate. The Faculty Senate shall approve or reject the nominees. Each college and school offering graduate programs shall be represented on the Graduate Committee. The Dean of Graduate Studies shall serve as liaison to the Provost/Vice President for Academic
Affairs. All committee appointments or recommendations are made in the spring
semester and are effective at the beginning of the next academic year.
The chair and vice chair shall be elected every May from among the tenured faculty
members of the committee for a one-year term which commences with the beginning of
the next academic year.
Meetings and Procedures
A regular schedule of meetings will be established by the committee at the beginning of
each academic year. Agendas will be developed and meetings called by the chair or the
Dean of Graduate Studies in consultation with the chair. A majority of faculty members
constitutes a quorum. During general discussion, the committee will operate as a
committee of the whole under the direction of the chair. When discussion leads to the
need for a vote, the committee will follow the procedures prescribed by Robert’s Rules of
Order. Only faculty members of the committee may vote. Members must be present to
vote. A quorum of regularly elected members must be present to conduct business at a
Graduate Committee meeting.
This policy shall be reviewed by the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs as deemed necessary.