Governance and Principles
Governance and Principles
Approved by the Board of Governors on July 19, 2000, the School of Graduate Studies is an academic unit within the University of Lethbridge (hereafter referred to as the “University”) whose activities and functions complement those of other faculties and schools. Like other faculties and schools, the School of Graduate Studies functions under the provisions of the Post-Secondary Learning Act, and its governing and administrative structures follow the processes and procedures approved by General Faculties Council (GFC) and the Board of Governors. The School of Graduate Studies has a broad mandate to facilitate the development, improvement, and advancement of graduate education at the University. Working closely with all faculties and schools, it does so by maintaining and establishing quality graduate programs, by providing institutional support for graduate students, faculty, and existing programs and by maintaining a close relationship between graduate education and quality research, performance, and creative activities.
Subject to the control of the GFC, the School of Graduate Studies’ Graduate Council (hereafter referred to as the “Graduate Council”) is the governing body of the School and has the mandate to enact and amend standing rules, regulations, and procedures for the conduct of the School’s business. This mandate is carried out in collaboration and co-operation with the graduate program committees, which are subject to the control of the Graduate Council. Like other faculty and school councils, the Graduate Council shall have an Executive Committee. It may also establish standing or ad-hoc committees to perform various functions or to serve specific purposes.
The Dean of the School of Graduate Studies chairs the Graduate Council and its Executive Committee, and reports to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic). The Dean is responsible for the general supervision, facilitation, and administration of graduate education, ensuring that each program meets the requisite academic standards and conforms to principles and policies set out by GFC and the School of Graduate Studies. The Dean works closely with the Deans of Faculties and Schools, and with graduate program committee chairs, in order to further the academic objectives of the University.
The guiding principles of the School of Graduate Studies are
- to support graduate students in applying for, registering in, and completing their graduate programs at the University of Lethbridge;
- to encourage and support the creation of new graduate programming that meets the strategic objectives of the University of Lethbridge;
- to identify and address barriers in access to graduate programs in accordance with best practices in EDI; and
- to ensure that the University of Lethbridge continues to provide high quality relevant graduate opportunities.