The Graduate College of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has jurisdiction over programs leading to all post baccalaureate degrees awarded by the Urbana-Champaign campus of the University of Illinois, including Certificates of Advanced Study and Artist’s Diplomas. The only exceptions are the Juris Doctor degree program in the College of Law and the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree program in the College of Veterinary Medicine. The Graduate College is responsible for developing and safeguarding high academic standards and promoting research in all academic disciplines, and operates according to established bylaws. However, graduate students must also be aware of campus and University policies as well as state law, that could impact graduate students but are not under the jurisdiction or authority of the Graduate College.
The Graduate College approves the appointment of graduate faculty members. For more details on graduate faculty membership, see the Graduate College Policy on Graduate Faculty Membership adopted October 24, 1999. More details on graduate faculty and doctoral committees can be found elsewhere in this handbook (see chapter 6.D).
The chief executive officer of the Graduate College is the dean. The work of the Graduate College is supported by a number of advisory committees. The Graduate College Executive Committee (GCEC) is the Graduate College’s primary policy-making body. The GCEC consists of eight graduate faculty members elected by the graduate faculty, six graduate faculty members appointed by the chancellor on the recommendation of the dean and current members, and two graduate student observers. The Program Subcommittee of the Executive Committee provides initial review of program proposals prior to GCEC approval.
The Fellowship Board consists of fifteen faculty members and two graduate student members. This committee sets campus policy on graduate fellowships and grants and awards approximately $4 million in student support per year.
Many other committees also are advisory to the Graduate College, some short-term and some long-lasting. A complete list of Graduate College Committees for the current academic year can be found here.