Graduate Council

Overview

The Graduate Council consists of:

  • Ten members of the graduate faculty (selected by the Fitchburg State University Faculty Association)
  • Three administrators (appointed by the University’s president)
  • A degree-seeking graduate student

The Graduate Council makes recommendations on the following matters:

  • New programs and program changes
  • New policies and policy changes
  • New courses and course changes
  • Course removals

Forms

Graduate Council forms are used to propose new or revised courses, programs, and policies. Proposals must be submitted including supporting documentation as noted on the forms. Please contact our office, the School of Graduate, Online and Continuing Education with any questions.


Please note: The forms below are in an electronic format. If you want to create a form for sharing with others such as a curriculum committee prior to submitting choose the save progress option at the bottom of the form.

To get a PDF copy of the saved form, go to print and choose save as PDF copy rather than print.

To access the saved form at a later time for editing or to finalize submission visit forms.fitchburgstate.edu to login.


  • New Course Proposal Form (Dynamic Form)
    This form is required when proposing a new graduate course for the University Catalog. See the Graduate Syllabus Guidelines (MS Word) for reference.
  • Course Change Proposal Form (Dynamic Form)
    This form is required when proposing a change to an existing course.
  • New/Change Policy Proposal Form (Dynamic Form)
    This form is required when proposing a new graduate policy or change to an existing graduate policy.
  • New Program Proposal Form (Dynamic Form)
    This form is required when proposing a new graduate program.
  • Program Change Proposal Form (Dynamic Form)
    This form is required when proposing changes to an existing graduate program. Please use the Sample Template (MS Word) for presenting side-by-side plans of study with proposals.
  • Course Removal Form (Dynamic Form)
    This form is required when proposing the removal of a graduate course or courses. Elimination of a course that is required for a program also requires submission of a program change proposal.
  • Graduate Curricula Non Substantive Change Form (Dynamic Form)
    This form should be used to submit all Non-Substantive Change Requests. This form can only be submitted by the Department or Program Chair. Simple course title changes (that do not change the basic nature of the course). Simple catalog description changes (that do not change the substance of the course). Equivalent courses within the same department (that would only require the same department curriculum committee vote). Course prerequisite and co-requisite removals (when all courses are within the same department and the changes only impact that department). Elective courses removed from catalog if not taught in the past five years (only by department request).

Reference

Meeting Dates and Council Members

Meetings are held 3:30 - 5 p.m. in Science 314 unless otherwise noted and there is the option to join virtually. 

May 8, 2024 - Overflow Meeting
Join with google meet.google.com/xjk-vxku-cth or by phone 1.929.276.0919
SGOCE 23-24-25 Graduate Program Change EDUC CAGS to Ed.S.
SGOCE 23-24-26 Graduate Program Change EDUC CAGS IDIS to Ed.S.
SGOCE 23-24-27 Program Change Proposal EDUC Curriculum and Teaching M.Ed.

May 2, 2024
Join with Google: meet.google.com/sqa-abrt-gpf
May 2024 Agenda
Grad Council Minutes May 2 and 8, 2024
SGOCE 23-24-03 Course Removal - EDUC 9300 Educational Research
SGOCE 23-24-04 Course Removal - EDUC 8043 Formative and Summative Assessment
SGOCE 23-24-05 New Course - EDUC Effective Instructional Methods
SGOCE 23-24-09 Practicum and PAL Task Supervision II - New Course
SGOCE 23-24-10 Practicum and PAL Task Supervision I - New Course
SGOCE 23-24-11 Ed Leadership and Law - New Course
SGOCE 23-24-12 Leader for Effective Change - New Course
SGOCE 23-24-13 Personnel and Operational Management - New Course
SGOCE 23-24-14 Teacher Supervision and Evaluation - New Course
SGOCE 23-24-15 Collaboration in Special Education - New Course
SGOCE 23-24-16 Effective Leadership Principles and Practices - New Course
SGOCE 23-24-17 The Principle as Instructional Leader and Curriculum Evaluator - New Course
SGOCE 23-24-18 Using Data to Address the Opportunity/Achievement Gap - New Course
SGOCE 23-24-19 Parental Engagement for Student Learning - New Course
SGOCE 23-24-20 Grad Program Change EDUC M.Ed. in EDLM Non-Licensure
SGOCE 23-24-21 Grad Policy Change Grade Appeal Policy Change
SGOCE 23-24-22 New Course Proposal EDUC Reflective Seminar
SGOCE 23-24-23 Graduate Program Change EDUC M.Ed. EDLM Leadership OAP
SGOCE 23-24-24 Graduate Program Change EDUC Curriculum and Teaching OA

April 11, 2024 CANCELED DID NOT HAVE QUORUM

March 7, 2024 - CANCELED

Feb. 1, 2024 - CANCELED

Dec. 7, 2023 - CANCELED

Nov. 2, 2023 (Hammond 214)
Join with Google: meet.google.com/rwd-nevn-puh
Nov. 2023 Agenda
Nov. 2023 Minutes
SGOCE 23-24-03 - ON HOLD
SGOCE 23-24-04 - ON HOLD
SGOCE 23-24-05 - ON HOLD
SGOCE 23-24-06 Program Change Proposal EDUC CAGS IDIS
SGOCE 23-24-07 New Program EDUC M.Ed. Curriculum and Teaching TESL
SGOCE 23-24-08 Program Change BSAD MGMT 9500

Oct. 5, 2023
Join with Google: meet.google.com/ufh-kyij-ygt
Oct. 2023 Agenda
Oct. 2023 Minutes
SGOCE 23-24-01 New Course Proposal - Computer Science
SGOCE 23-24-02 Policy Change Incompletes
Grad Council 2023 Curricula (non-substantive) Changes

  • Nermin Bayazit - Mathematics
  • Denise Bertrand – School of Graduate, Online and Continuing Education
  • Xuzhou (Brady) Chen – Computer Science
  • Barbara Cormier – Registrar
  • Becky Copper-Glenz – Dean, School of Graduate, Online and Continuing Education
  • Yang Liu - Business Administration
  • Nirajan Mani – Engineering Technology
  • Amy McGlothlin - Humanities
  • Kyle Moody – Communications Media
  • Nancy Murray – Dean, School of Education
  • Daniel Sarefield – Economics, History and Political Science
  • Denise Sargent - Education
  • Deborah Stone - Nursing
  • David Weiss, Behavioral Sciences

Past Meetings

May 4, 2023, 3:30 - 5 p.m.

Deadline for submission of proposals is Thursday, April 27, 2023
Join with Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/tgc-vphs-boo

May 2023 Minutes
May 2023 Agenda
GCE 22-23-16 Comm Media - New Course - AI
GCE 22-23-17 Comm Media New Program - Certificate in AI
GCE 22-23-18 Comm Media New Program - Certificate in Data Driven Social Media
GCE 22-23-19 Comm Media - Program Change - Removal of Applied Comm Certificate
GCE 22-23-20 Comm Media - Program Change - Removal of IDIS Applied Comm
GCE 22-23-21 CJ Course Removal CJ 7350 
GCE 22-23-22 SGOCE Policy Change
GCE 22-23-23 SGOCE Policy Change
GCE 22-23-24 Nursing Policy Change

April 6, 2023, 3:30 - 5 p.m.

April Minutes
April 2023 Agenda
Non-substantive Program Change Requests

Deadline for submission of proposals is Thursday, March 30, 2023
Join with Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/gjr-mhke-fmq

GCE 22-23-12 GCE New Grad Course - Community Reentry Integration
GCE 22-23-13 GCE New Grad Course - Community Justice Approach to Criminal Justice
GCE 22-23-14 GCE New Grad Course - Beyond Incarceration
GCE 22-23-15 GCE New Graduate Program Proposal - Community Justice Concentration, MS Criminal Justice

March 2, 2023, 3:30 - 5 p.m.

March Minutes
March 2023 Agenda
GCE 22-23-04 GCE New Grad Course - EDUC Seminar and Field Experience
GCE 22-23-05 GCE New Grad Course - EDUC History, Sociology and Politics in US Education
GCE-22-23-06 GCE New Grad Course - EDUC Assessment Led Instruction
GCE-22-23-07 GCE Annual Course Cleanup - Registrar
GCE 22-23-08 GCE New Course - EDUC Leading Assessment Based Instruction
GCE 22-23-09 GCE Graduate Program Change - Required Courses for Criminal Justice
GCE 22-23-10 GCE Graduate Program Change - Program Description and Concentration for Criminal Justice
GCE 22-23-11 GCE New Graduate Policy - PLA Policy / MS Construction Management
Mission/Vision Statement 2022-2023
ILP Discussion AUC 23
ILP Discussion Survey Results

Deadline for submission of proposals is Thursday, February 23, 2023
Join with Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/twz-agbk-nyb

February 2, 2023, 3:30 - 5 p.m. - CANCELLED

February 2023 Agenda

Deadline for submission of proposals is Thursday, January 26, 2023
Join with Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/yud-vteq-ckr

December 1, 2022, 3:30 - 5 p.m. - CANCELLED

December 2022 minutes
GCE 22-23-02 GCE Grad Course Removal MGMT 9030
GCE 22-23-03 GCE Grad Course Change MGMT 9030
Deadline for submission of proposals is Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Join with Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/cai-ripw-uck

November 3, 2022, 3:30 - 5 p.m. - CANCELLED

Non-Substantive Program Change Requests 
Deadline for submission of proposals is Thursday, October 27, 2022
Join with Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/pza-bnaf-fhw

October 6, 2022, 3:30 - 5 p.m.

October 2022 minutes
October 2022 Agenda
GCE-22-23-01 GCE Grad Course Change CJ 7300 
Join with Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/aim-pcuf-fvf

May 5, 2022, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Join with Google Meet: meet.google.com/bwj-jnak-uae
Deadline for submitting proposals – 5 p.m., Thursday, April 28, 2022

May Meeting Minutes
May Agenda
GCE 21-22-30 New Program Graduate Vocational Technical Teacher
GCE 21-22-31 Program Change Early Childhood Education
GCE 21-22-32 New Graduate Course SPED 8035
GCE 21-22-33 New Graduate Course SPED 8030
GCE 21-22-34 New Graduate Course SPED 8044
GCE 21-22-35 New Graduate Course Temporary Structures
GCE 21-22-36 New Graduate Course Construction Law and Contracts
GCE 21-22-37 New Graduate Course Modular Construction
GCE 21-22-38 New Graduate Course Risk Management
GCE 21-22-39 New Course Construction Engineering Management 
GCE 21-22-40 New Graduate Course Construction Safety
GCE 21-22-41 New Graduate Course Special Project in Construction Mgmnt
GCE 21-22-42 New Graduate Course Construction Management Thesis
GCE 21-22-43 New Graduate Course Building Information
GCE 21-22-44 New Graduate Course Research Methodology CM
GCE 21-22-45 New Graduate Course Improvement in Construction
GCE 21-22-46 New Graduate Course Construction Scheduling
GCE 21-22-47 New Graduate Course Construction Cost Analysis
GCE 21-22-48 New Graduate Program MS Construction Management
GCE 21-22-49 New Graduate Course SPED 8031

April 7, 2022, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Join with Google Meet: meet.google.com/bwj-jnak-uae
Deadline for submitting proposals – 5 p.m., Thursday, March 31, 2022

April Meeting Minutes
GCE 21-22-25 Academic Plan 2021 - 2025
GCE 21-22-26 GCE Graduate Program Change - MS Computer Science
GCE 21-22-27 GCE New Graduate Course - Internet of Things and Smart Cities
GCE 21-22-28 GCE Graduate Course Change - CJ 7300
GCE 21-22-29 GCE Graduate Course Change - CJ 8580

March 3, 2022, 3:30 - 5 p.m. - Meeting Cancelled

Join with Google Meet: meet.google.com/bwj-jnak-uae
Deadline for submitting proposals – 5 p.m., Thursday, February 24, 2022

February 3, 2022, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Join with Google Meet: meet.google.com/xqh-mbmd-jsr 
Deadline for submitting proposals – 5 p.m., Thursday, January 27, 2022

Feb Minutes
Feb Agenda
GCE 21-22-15 New Course - Managing Business Analytics - Business
GCE 21-22-16 New Course - Business Analytics, Quality, Ethics and Law - Business
GCE 21-22-17 New Course - Applied Data Analytics for Business Decision Making - Business
GCE 21-22-18 New Program - Certificate Business Analytics Management - Business
GCE 21-22-19 New Program - MBA Concentration in Business Analytics Management -Business
GCE 21-22-20 New Course - Investment Management - Business
GCE 21-22-21 New Course - Entrepreneurial Finance - Business
GCE 21-22-22 New Course - International Financial Management - Business
GCE 21-22-23 New Program - Certificate in Finance - Business
GCE-21-22-24 New Program - MBA Concentration in Finance - Business

December 2, 2021, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Deadline for submitting proposals – 5 p.m., Monday, November 22, 2021
Google Meet Video Call link: https://meet.google.com/ksz-pxjp-veh

Dec Minutes
Dec Agenda
GCE 21-22-09 Course Removal CJ 9860 Option III Thesis - Behavioral Sciences
GCE 21-22-10 Course Change CJ 9840 Theory and Practice Capstone Project - Behavioral Sciences
GCE 21-22-11 Program Change - CJ Police Certification and Professional Studies - Behavioral Sciences
GCE 21-22-12 Program Change CJ Courses on Hold - Behavioral Sciences
GCE 21-22-13 New Policy Withdrawal or Discontinuance Policy - GCE
GCE 21-22-14 Policy Change Leave of Absence Policy - GCE

November 4, 2021, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Deadline for submitting proposals – 5 p.m., Thursday, October 28, 2021
Google Meet Video Call link: https://meet.google.com/qet-pnfq-zmk

Nov Minutes
Nov Agenda
GCE 21-22-02 Course Change READ 8065 Cross List with SPED - Education
GCE 21-22-03 Course Change READ and SPED 9012 - Education
GCE 21-22-04 Course Change READ 8065 Cross List with EDUC - Education
GCE 21-22-05 Course Removal READ 9100 - Education
GCE 21-22-06 Course Change Removal READ and SPED Specialized Reading Approaches -Education
GCE 21-22-07 Program Change MS Computer Science - Computer Science
GCE 21-22-08 Course Change HIST 7850 Title Change - Economics, History and Political Science

October 7, 2021, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Deadline for submitting proposals – 5 p.m., Thursday, September 30, 2021
Meeting will be held in the Antonucci Science Building Room 314
(Modality of future graduate council meetings will be determined at the October 7 meeting)

Graduate Council Meeting - Google Meet
Thursday, October 7 · 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Google Meet joining info
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/wiv-hprq-xjd

Oct Minutes
Oct Agenda 
NECHE Self Study Information
GCE 21-22-01 Course Change Add Prerequisites to CSC 7131- Computer Science

Questions? Get in Touch!

If you have any questions regarding past proposals, please contact our office, the School of Graduate, Online and Continuing Education.