Who We Are
The Marshall University Graduate Council makes policy recommendations with respect to the graduate education mission of the university to the university President. Specific functions include: facilitation of long range planning for graduate education at Marshall University; recommendation of new programs and courses; evaluation of existing programs and courses; facilitation of graduate accreditation; recommendation of promotion and tenure policies related to graduate education; recommendation of approval of graduate faculty to the university President.
Curriculum and Program Requests
All Curriculum and Program requests are due on the 1st day of the month before the next meeting of Graduate Council. Graduate Council meets January, February, March, April, September, October and November (or December, depending on the fall holiday break).
Graduate Faculty Status BOG AA-20 Graduate Faculty Membership
The Marshall University Board of Governors approved changes to AA-20 Graduate Faculty Membership at the April 2023 BOG meeting. The policy update will results in meaningful changes for Graduate Faculty and College Administrators. Implementation of the changes will occur over the Summer 2023 semester. The changes will occur as faculty apply or renew their graduate faculty status. New application forms are being developed to facilitate a smooth transition. We hope to have the new forms available on the GC website by June 1, 2023.
Summary of Major Revisions to AA-20
- Added information related to “ethical research practices” in 2.1.2.
- Added conditions for removal or change for breach of ethical practices in 2.9.
- Added IRB completion as a requirement for Graduate Chair Faculty in 188.8.131.52.
- Changed the number of levels of graduate faculty status from four to three.
- 5.1 Graduate Chair Faculty (for thesis and dissertation chairs)
- 5.2 Graduate Faculty
- 5.3 Associate Graduate Faculty (combined elements from Associate and Instructor)
- Added “degree applicable” in 2.6.
- Added a consistent timeline for terms to end each semester in 2.10.
- Added a provision for Emeritus faculty in 6.2.
- Related to the lowest level of status
- Removed stipulation that only the dean and not GC approves this level of status
- Removed indication that this level does not appear in the database
- Updated the conditions for appeal under 7.2
- Added a timeframe to appeal a GC decision in 184.108.40.206.
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Procedure for Conflict of Interest in Thesis/Dissertation Committees
Graduate Expedited Admissions Policy
New Policies Approved by the Graduate Council and President Smith in December 2023. Details of the following approved policies can be found at https://www.marshall.edu/graduate-council/files/2023-24-GC-FINAL-AGENDA-December-1-2023-120123.docx
- Graduate Intent to Plan and Degree Approval Pathway (GC-23-12-02-PC)
The approved new pathway will significantly increase the ITP/Degree approval process without changing the shared governance structure
- Graduate Admission Criteria Change: Conditional and Provisional Admissions (GC-23-12-03-PC)
The change allows programs to accept students conditionally and/or provisionally unless the program has specifically stated otherwise in their program-specific admissions language.
- Graduate Admission Criteria Change – Transcripts (GC-23-12-04-PC)
The change will allow international students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from a non-US institution and a graduate degree from a US institution to be fully admitted by providing the official transcript for the graduate degree.
- Catalog Change: Definition of Full-Time Status for Summer Graduate Students (GC-23-12-05-PC)
The change defines full-time summer course load as 6 credit hours. and half-time summer credit load is 3 credit hours.