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December 9, 2020

Graduate Council Meeting

December 9, 2020 - 1-3pm


  • Welcome 

    • Graduate Council Chair - Dr. Alyssa Crittenden 

    • Grad Coordinators leaving Council: Drs. Richard Miller, Jennifer Pharr, Micah Stohlmann, Josh Vermillion, & Paul Clements,: Thank you for your service!

    • Congrats to Dr. Dufek for appointment as Vice-Provost of Faculty Affairs and thanks for Dr. Sara Jordan for serving as co-chair of GAWC-1

  • COVID-19 Updates: See GC COVID webpage: Kate

    • GC COVID Decision Tracking & Actions spreadsheet & GC COVID webpage

    • Winter, Spring & summer plans

    • S/U Grading

      • Up to 6 credits per semester spring, summer, fall of 2020 + spring 2021

      • COVID S/U policy = B- or better is an S, C+ or lower is a U

      • General S/U policy = up to 3 credits of Master’s and up to 6 credits of doctoral coursework may be included in the degree program with B = S and B- and below = U (this excludes culminating experience credits)

    • Commencement for Spring & Summer/Fall

    1. Desert Lodge: Innovation & Inspiration Reception Halls

    • REMO for workshops, bootcamps, events, and meetings in 2021

  • Update on international student issues: struck down attempt to curtail or eliminate OPT; DACA; struck down Trump admin changes to F1-B visas

  • GC budget updates 

    • Fee position: ED Leadership & Professional Development Academy “The Grad Academy”

    • Fee position: Instructional technologist & content developer 

    • Doctoral commencement costs

  • Graduate College Initiatives & Updates: Kate 

    • Graduate Student Life & Climate Survey due Dec. 11, 2020

    • GA Proposal

    • Early Alert to support graduate student mental well-being; CGS Statement of Principles on Graduate Student Mental Health & Well-Being

      • Proposed working group in ‘21 - ‘22

    • Communications updates

      • At the virtual printer: Five Graduate Faculty, Student, GA, Postdoc, IDGP Handbooks

      • January: Text messaging

      • January: Strategic Plan documents & website

      • February: Graduate Viewbook

  • GC Academic Affairs: Emily

    • Mandatory Individual Development Plan (IDP) [Formerly known as the Student Annual Review Review form] Feedback Template Routing 

Anticipated distribution dates: Dec. 14, 2020 to Feb. 15, 2021

  • Graduate College Student Services: Valarie

    • Rebel Grad Slam 2020! - Thank you!

    • Planning workshops for Spring 2021 - who wants to facilitate one? Be a panelist?

    • Council of Graduate Schools Annual Conference

    • Writing Bootcamp - breaking records! 

  • GEM updates & R2PC data: Kara

    • Graduate programs that require an advisory committee can opt-in to using the Graduate Faculty Advisor form to allow students to appoint a faculty advisor prior to appointing their full Graduate Advisory Committee

      • We need to know: when do you want us to allow students to submit their Plan of Study form? There are two options:

        1. Once the faculty advisor is appointed

        2. Only after the full graduate advisory committee is appointed 

      • Please note that students may submit their Plan of Study form again if there are changes that need to be made after their initial form has already been approved.

      • Provide feedback here:

  • New Business


Grad Coordinator Round Tables on:

  • Discussion questions:

    • Any best practices to share?

    • Any ideas or suggestions for advancing this topic/issue?

    • What information, data, or training is needed in this area?

    • Do you have any other thoughts to share?

  • Results will be shared out to the Council and we’ll address these topics in the spring semester.

Leslie Hunter,
Jan 8, 2021, 2:06 PM