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Graduate Council

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 complete with required signatures/approvals, including all supporting documentation as noted on the forms.
Proposals are submitted to the Graduate Council Chair, c/o Diane Fors in the Graduate and Continuing Education office. Please electronically submit the original writable PDF and a second PDF with all required signatures. The forms below are writable PDFs.

How to use writeable PDFs:

  1. Right click on the form needed and save it to your desktop.
  2. Go to your desktop and right click on Saved Form.
  3. Choose Open with > Adobe Acrobat.
  4. Obtain the required signatures.
  5. Save to your desktop or your own files.
  6. Email the writeable PDF and the PDF with required signatures to Diane Fors at dfors@fitchburgstate.edu.

New Course Approval Form (PDF)

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 (PDF)

This form is required when proposing a change to an existing course.

New/Change Policy Proposal Form (PDF)

This form is required when proposing a new graduate policy or change to an existing graduate policy.

New Program Proposal Form (PDF)

This form is required when proposing a new graduate program.

Program Change Proposal Form (PDF)

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 (PDF)

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.

Reference:
Graduate Syllabus Guidelines (MS Word)
Graduate Council Bylaws (PDF)

2020/2021 Meeting Calendar

October 7, 2020, 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Deadline for submitting proposals - 5 p.m., Friday, October 2, 2020 

The October 1, 2020 meeting has been rescheduled to October 7, 2020.

 

November 5, 2020, 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Deadline for submitting proposals - 5 p.m., Thursday, October 28, 2020

Meeting will be held remotely through Google Meet. The link will be included in the invite to graduate council members and guests. 

December 3, 2020, 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Deadline for submitting proposals - 5 p.m., Thursday, November 18, 2020

Meeting will be held remotely through Google Meet. The link will be included in the invite to graduate council members and guests.

February 4, 2021, 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Deadline for submitting proposals - 5 p.m., Thursday, January 27, 2021

Meeting will be held remotely through Google Meet. The link will be included in the invite to graduate council members and guests.

March 4, 2021, 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Deadline for submitting proposals - 5 p.m., Thursday, February 24, 2021

Meeting will be held remotely through Google Meet. The link will be included in the invite to graduate council members and guests.

April 1, 2021, 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Deadline for submitting proposals - 5 p.m, Thursday, March 24, 2021

Meeting will be held remotely through Google Meet. The link will be included in the invite to graduate council members and guests.

May 6, 2021, 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Deadline for submitting proposals - 5 p.m., Thursday, April 28, 2021

Meeting will be held remotely through Google Meet. The link will be included in the invite to graduate council members and guests.

 

2020/2021 Graduate Council Members

  • Laura Baker – Economics, History, and Political Science
  • Soumitra Basu - Engineering Technology
  • Xuzhou (Brady) Chen - Computer Science​
  • Becky Copper-Glenz - Dean, School of Graduate, Online and Continuing Education
  • Petri Flint - Humanities
  • Diane Fors - School of Graduate, Online and Continuing Education
  • Michael Hoberman - English Studies
  • Megan Krell - Behavioral Sciences
  • Viera Lorencova - Communications Media
  • Amy McGlothlin - Humanities
  • Nancy Murray - Dean, School of Education
  • Heather Ruland - Graduate Student Representative
  • Renee Scapparone – Business Administration
  • Robert Shapiro - Education
  • Deborah Stone – Nursing
  • J. J. Sylvia - Communications Media
  • Keith Williamson - Dean, School of Business and Technology

Council Action Summaries

Archives

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