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Commission on Graduate and Professional Studies and Policies

The Commission on Graduate and Professional Studies and Policies at Virginia Tech is charged with studying, formulating, and recommending to University Council policies and procedures concerning on- and off-campus graduate academic matters. Areas for consideration include:

  • admissions, academic progress, degree requirements, commencement; registration and scheduling;
  • curricula, courses, advising, and instruction; teaching and research;
  • financial assistance, including assistantships, scholarships, fellowships, and tuition;
  • library resources;
  • and other matters affecting the graduate student academic environment.

Membership comprises three ex officio members (Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education; Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs, or a designee; Dean for Library Services), One off-campus center representative; one academic dean; two faculty senators elected by teh Faculty Senate; eight faculty representatives (one from each of the colleges); one faculty member from Northern Virginia campus; one representative of the Library Faculty Association; one senator from the Staff Senate;  one non-ex officio A/P faculty representative; the chief justice of the Graduate Honor System; five graduate students; one representative from the Student Government Association.

The Commission includes three committees: Graduate Curriculum (GCC); Graduate Appeals; and Degree Requirements, Standards, Criteria, and Academic Progress (DRSCAP). CGS&P sends its recommendations to University Council for approval.

Commission meetings are regularly the first and third Wednesday of the month, with a few exceptions, at 3:30 p.m. in room 238 of the Graduate School (second floor of the Graduate Life Center). There will be only one meeting in December 2017, and in January and May 2018.

Current CGS&P membership can be found here. Minutes from the CGS&P meetings, which are public, can be found here.

Graduate Curriculum Committee

For information on developing graduate courses and graduate certificates, the guidelines, templates, and cover sheets are available from the Registrar.

For information on developing proposals for new degrees and organizational changes, contact the Office of Degree Development and Support.

For more information about GCC, contact Nicole Akers, (540) 231-1179.