About the Graduate Council
The Davis Division of the Academic Senate is the mechanism through which UC Davis faculty share the responsibility of governing the University alongside the Administration. The Academic Senate is composed of Standing Senate Committees of which the Graduate Council is one. Included in the Graduate Council's purview are:
- The making of reports and recommendations on graduate education to the Davis Division of the Academic Senate and the UC Systemwide Coordinating Committee on Graduate Affairs (e.g., concerning new graduate programs and/or degrees);
- The periodic quality review of all graduate programs;
- The setting of policies and standards concerning graduate students' progress toward their degrees (from the admission of qualified applicants, the advancement to candidacy of qualified students, the appointment of student committees, the conduct of examinations for degrees, to the rules on the form of the dissertation, and the conferring of degrees);
- The limiting of employed students' study lists and the overseeing of part-time degree status;
- The setting of standards for appointment of students to be Teaching or Graduate Student Researchers, to other student employment titles as well as for the appointment of postdoctoral scholars;
- The recommending of the award of fellowships; and
- The advising of campus officers concerning relations with educational and research foundations and any matters pertaining to graduate work.
Graduate Council meeting minutes are available through the Academic Senate's website.
Reports from the Graduate Council by year released
- APD Report on Graduate Education at UC Davis (2008)
- Enhancing Graduate Education at UC Davis, from the Academic Planning and Development Committee (August 2006)
- Proposal for Multi-Year Funding Safety Nets for Graduate Group Students, from the Program Review Committee (2008)
- Proposal to Improve the Status of Graduate Group Students Employed as TAs, from the Program Review Committee (2008)
- Survey of Challenges to Graduate Education at UC Davis, from the Academic Planning and Development Committee (November 2006)