Graduate Student Advisory Committee
Commitment, Partnership, Advocacy, and Leadership


Purpose: To make recommendations for the equitable distribution of the Graduate Student Assessment Fee (GSAF) allocated to the Graduate Student Advisory Committee to graduate and undergraduate student organizations and programs that enrich the academic, cultural, social, and professional experiences of the graduate student community. Meetings: GFAC will meet once a month, unless agreed upon otherwise by GFAC membership. Membership: GFAC is comprised of representatives appointed by the GSAC Chairperson. When GFAC is considering a request involving a conflict of interest, the GSAC Chairperson (or appointee) will substitute for the member who has a conflict. The Chairperson of GFAC is the Vice-Chairperson of GSAC.

The GFAC Chairperson will be responsible for assisting the GSAC Chairperson and the Budget Manager for Student Affairs in the formulation of the GSAC annual budget. GFAC may recommend changes to the proposed budget prior to GSAC approval. Allocation of GSAF to Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) will be governed by the Graduate Financial Allocation Committee Allocation Guidelines as approved by GSAC. GFAC, with the Budget Manager, will be responsible for conducting occasional audits of the GSAC budget as well as semester audits of RSOs funded by GSAF.

Purpose: To maintain a diverse, active, and representational membership within GSAC. This committee is responsible for promoting all programs and events established by the Programming Committee that enrich the academic, cultural, social, and professional experiences of the graduate student community. The PRC will also effectively market and raise University awareness of GSAC. Meetings: At least once a month or whenever called by the GSAC Chairperson or the committee chairperson. Membership: The PRC is comprised of at least three GSAC representatives and the GSAC Chairperson and/or the Vice-Chairperson. The Chairperson of the PRC is appointed by the GSAC Chairperson from the PRC membership. GSAC must approve (by majority vote) the Chair's recommendation. Duties: To organize events that enrich the experiences of the graduate student community (i.e. Graduate and Non-Traditional Student Services Fair, CommUniverCity, Graduate Student Reception, Town Hall Meeting).

Purpose: To maintain the GSAC web page. Meetings: Once a month or whenever called by the WPC or GSAC Vice-Chair. Membership: The WPC is comprised of at least three GSAC representatives and the Vice-Chairperson. The Vice-Chair of GSAC chairs this committee. Duties: To ensure that information pertinent to graduate students is posted regularly on the GSAC web site and oversee any employee who might be retained to maintain the site.

Coordinate lobby trips, letter writing campaigns, outreach, work with Greg Rosine, the WMU Legislative Liason

Graduate Research Symposium and Journal Exploratory Committee
Graduate Student Research and Travel Awards Selection Committee
Student Conduct Appeals Board
PFF (Preparing Future Faculty)
MLK Committee
General Education Subcommittee
University Assessment Steering Committee
SIS Governance Committee and the Portal Committee

The Chairperson of the Graduate Student Advisory Committee may appoint any GSAC member to sit on a University Council or Committee. GSAC representatives with at least one semester's service may apply to the GSAC Chairperson to sit on a University Council or Committee. Representatives may sit on more than one University Council or Committee. The standing University Councils and Committees are as follows (# of GSAC representatives to be appointed):

Campus Planning and Finance Council (1)
Campus Activities Board (1)
Faculty Senate (1) (*)
Graduate Awards and Fellowship Committee (1) (**)
Graduate Studies Council (12) (*)
Research Policies Council (2)
Technology and Operations Council (1)
Western Student Association Senate (6) (*)
All ad hoc committees requiring graduate student representation

(*) The Chairperson of GSAC or his/her designee will represent GSAC on the Faculty Senate, the Graduate Studies Council, and the Western Student Association.

(**) The Senior Associate Dean of The Graduate College will appoint a GSAC member to serve on the Graduate Awards and Fellowship Committee.


Campus Planning and Finance Council
(1 GSAC Representative) The Campus Planning and Finance Council functions as a body to develop and recommend guidelines or review existing policies that provide a framework which campus agencies may use as a benchmark in making decisions related to campus planning and finance matters, review major plans for the University's physical facilities, including on- and off-campus facilities, transportation and infrastructure, and how they impact safety, security, aesthetics, finances and the surrounding environment. The goal of such reviews is to advise the administration of the views of the faculty and determine how well those plans fit into the framework referred to in the first item above, to review budget and financial issues of the University and make recommendations to the administration as appropriate, and conduct such special studies as the executive board of the Faculty Senate may request, including ongoing charges.

Campus Activities Board
(1 GSAC Representative) Meeting: Weekly. Purpose: This student agency is responsible for selecting and funding events (i.e. Homecoming, Miller Movies, etc.) that enhance the social life of the University community.

Faculty Senate
(GSAC Chairperson or his/her designee--Non-Voting) Meeting: Monthly. Purpose: The Faculty Senate shares in the governance of WMU by formulating, reviewing and giving advice on policies and other matters of concern to the University. Much of the basic work of the Senate is related to the actions of its Councils and the activities and recommendations of its Committees. The Senate is composed of members elected by the faculty to represent the departments and the University at large as well as members appointed by the University President. It meets once a month to promote the common interests of the University and give the faculty a share in the determination of institutional policy.

Graduate Studies Council
(GSAC Chairperson and his/her designee) Meeting: Monthly. Purpose: The Graduate Studies Council reviews, develops, and recommends policy regarding graduate education at Western Michigan University. Policy recommendations shall include, but are not limited to, the admission of applicants to the Graduate College and to graduate degree programs, development of graduate curricula and approval of graduate programs, selection of graduate faculty, awards and fellowships and graduate student personnel practices. Reviews shall include, but are not limited to, existing programs, proposed new programs, significant program changes and academic standards of graduate level programs. The work of the council is accomplished through standing and ad hoc committees that act on behalf of the council, within the framework of its policies, and subject to review by the council.

The Council's Standing Committees are:

Agenda Committee: prepares the agenda for meetings of the Graduate Studies Council.

Graduate Admissions and Standards Committee: recommends policy for admissions and standards for graduate programs.

Graduate Awards and Fellowships Committee: reviews applications for financial assistance and makes recommendations as to the recipients of Graduate College fellowships, Dean's Research Assistants and grants from the Graduate Student Research Fund.

Graduate Student Advisory Committee.

Research Policies Council
(2 GSAC Representatives) Meeting: Monthly. Purpose: This Council is responsible for reviewing, developing, and recommending policies dealing with the enhancement and implementation of research and creative activity in the University.

Technology and Operations Council
(1 GSAC Representative) Meeting: Monthly. Purpose: This Council assists in development and continuous revision, as appropriate to changing needs, of the University's strategic plans for information technology (IT).

Western Student Association
(Six Graduate College Senators) Meeting: Weekly. Purpose: The Western Student Association is the student representative body concerned primarily with the undergraduate population and its concerns. GSAC and the WSA often collaborate on mutually beneficial events and projects.

GSAC Approved 12/2003




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