About Graduate Education
Graduate programs at St. John Fisher College strive to provide:
- Extensive academic specialization.
- Breadth of understanding.
- Extended professional competence.
- Opportunities for research and professional projects in the community.
Each program has a qualified faculty member who serves as director and reports to the school dean. Among the director’s duties are:
- Providing academic leadership in the ongoing efforts to maintain and develop high-quality programs.
- Collaborating to advance graduate education.
- Coordinating scheduling and staffing.
- Providing academic advisement to students.
- Serving as the representative for the graduate program with the school dean, the provost or his designee, and the Graduate Program Council.
- Serving as a voting member of the Graduate Program Council.
Graduate Program Council
The Council, an academic policy committee, meets regularly to review new programs, program changes, and graduate policies and procedures. The Council functions to ensure academic and professional quality in programs, faculty, students, and support services.
As a Standing Committee of the Faculty Assembly, the actions of the Graduate Program Council are subject to the statutory rights, responsibilities, and jurisdiction of the Board of Trustees. The president, or his designee, has the responsibility of review and approval of all actions of the Council and the right to disapprove actions that infringe upon the implementation of approved Board policies.
Voting members of the Council are the provost or his designee, the chair of the Undergraduate Curriculum and Instruction Committee, a representative elected at-large from the faculty assembly, one to three graduate students, and the directors of graduate programs. Non-voting members are department chairs whose departments have graduate programs, the registrar, the director of Graduate Admissions, and the director of the Library.
Responsibilities of the Graduate Program Council include:
- Development of minimum admission and academic standards.
- Review of new programs and program changes.
- Resolution of student appeals regarding extension of time for degree completion, probation, and dismissal.