Policies and Procedures

Purpose

The Homewood Graduate Board is a subcommittee of the Academic Council of the Schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering. The first Ph.D.s and M.A.s were awarded in the School of Arts & Sciences. The Homewood Graduate Board is responsible for the administration of policies and procedures for the award of Doctor of Philosophy, Ph.D. of the Schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering and Masters degrees in the School of Arts and Sciences.

It is the responsibility of the Homewood Graduate Board to:

  • Recommend to the Academic Council all Ph.D. degrees awarded by departments.
  • Administer approved policies and procedures for the award of the Ph.D. degree.
  • Recommend to the Academic Council of changes in the existing programs or approval of any new programs for the Ph.D. degree.
    Review the standards and procedures for the admission of Ph.D. students.
  • Assure that administrative practices include an appropriate information system concerning graduate education.
  • Report to the Doctor of Philosophy Board both the Ph.D. degrees and new
  • Ph.D. programs that have been approved by the Academic Council.

Composition of the Homewood Graduate Board

Appointments are to be recommended by the Deans of the two schools and approved by the Academic Council. Terms of appointment for faculty members are three years, and are staggered to provide continuity. Terms of appointment for graduate students are one year. To be eligible for appointment, a faculty member must hold a regular, full-time appointment as professor, associate professor, or assistant professor in a Ph.D. granting

  • One faculty member from either the School of Arts and Sciences or the School of Engineering who will serve as a non-voting Chair.
  • One faculty member from each of the following five intellectual areas in the School of Arts and Sciences: biological sciences, humanities, physical sciences, social sciences, and mathematics.
  • One faculty member from each of the following three intellectual areas in School of Engineering: physical engineering, biological engineering, and applied mathematics (including computer science).
  • Two Ph.D. students, one from the School of Arts and Sciences and one from the School of Engineering. The Ph.D. students are not permitted to vote on the awarding of Ph.D. degrees, but are otherwise full voting members of the Board.

Subcommittees

The Homewood Graduate Board is empowered to establish subcommittees as needed. The Chair can appoint faculty other than Board members to serve on these subcommittees.

Reporting

The Homewood Graduate Board shall make an annual report to the Academic Council. Unless specifically requested to include additional information, the annual report will consist of the minutes from the meetings.