Review, evaluate, and provide recommendations to the Provost/Academic Vice President on proposals for new graduate programs, and on existing programs on a continuing basis; promote quality in graduate programs; develop University-wide policies on graduate students; develop policies on financial aid for graduate students and develop agenda for graduate faculty meetings.

The Graduate Council consists of faculty members elected by the graduate faculty within each college or school providing graduate programs, in numbers proportional to the size of their graduate faculty and graduate student body, as outlined in the Bylaws. The Dean of the Graduate School shall serve as chairperson.  In addition, six faculty members and two graduate students are appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School.  The following shall serve as ex-officio members:  Provost/Academic Vice President, the Dean of University Libraries, a representative of the College of Continuing Studies, and a Graduate Faculty member appointed by the Faculty Senate.