Policy H-6

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GRADUATE COURSE AND PROGRAM APPROVAL

(Approved: Graduate Council 4/11/77)

The following policies refer to the activities of the Indiana University Graduate Council and the graduate programs over which the Council has supervisory control.

1. Courses for graduate credit in a discipline can be offered on a campus in the IU system which does not offer a Bachelor's degree in the discipline only under very special circumstances. The campus must make a formal request through appropriate channels to the Dean of the Graduate School for approval or disapproval; the request should explain why the course needs to be offered, provide a course outline, and a curriculum vita of the proposed instructor. In the event of a change in instructor, the request must be repeated.
2. Departments in the IU system which offer only the Bachelor's degree and which propose to offer graduate credit for 300 and 400-level courses which have been approved for graduate credit in the discipline must inform through appropriate channels the Dean of the Graduate School. The information should at least include the number of graduates and undergraduates expected to be enrolled in the course, the additional work to be required of graduate students, and the curriculum vita of the proposed instructor.
3. To offer courses numbered 500 or above which are presently applicable for degrees given by the Graduate School, departments which offer only the Bachelor's degree in the IU system must receive through appropriate channels the prior approval of the Dean of the Graduate School. Even though such courses are listed in the Graduate School Bulletin, they will be treated as new course requests for that department.
4. Departments in the IU system which are planning to submit proposals for graduate degrees in the near future should submit their present plans through appropriate channels to the Graduate Council for discussion. Information should include present faculty strengths and weaknesses, faculty needs, an account of library and/or laboratory resources, and an account of the emphasis of the degrees to be proposed. All such proposals, when completed on the prescribed forms, must be reviewed for approval by the Graduate Council.
5. The Dean of the Graduate School should invite the Deans of Business, Education, and SPEA to appoint one faculty member from each school who would serve the Graduate Council in an advisory capacity. The primary responsibility of these advisors would be to identify for the Council the most needed and most appropriate Arts and Sciences' graduate courses on the regional campuses which relate to graduate degrees offered on the regional campuses by the professional schools.
6. In time, Associate Deans of the Graduate School should be appointed from campuses which offer a large number of graduate courses, as well as graduate degrees in Business, Education, and SPEA. The procedures involved in items #1 through 3 above would include routing through these Associate Deans, and recommendation from these Associate Deans.
7. Representation on the Graduate Council membership should be broadened. The proportion of members per location in the IU system should be related to Graduated School degrees offered or proposed on each campus.
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