COUNCIL OF DEANS
The Council of Deans serves as a forum for communication and discussion among the Provost and the deans on a broad array of issues, including strategic planning, budget parameters, academic policies and procedures, interdisciplinary and cross-school efforts, faculty recruitment and retention, faculty gender and minority equity, campus planning, safety and security, and fundraising.
The Council meets every other week. Its members include the Provost; the Vice Provosts for Education, Faculty, Global Initiatives, and Research; and the twelve deans.
COUNCIL OF UNDERGRADUATE DEANS
The Council of Undergraduate Deans consists of the Vice Provost for Education, who chairs the Council; the four undergraduate deans; the Vice Provost for University Life; the Dean of Admissions; the Faculty Director of College Houses and Academic Services; the Vice President for Institutional Research and Analysis; and the Chair of SCUE (the Student Committee on Undergraduate Education). Others are invited to meetings as appropriate. The Council discusses issues of mutual concern to the four schools and establishes unified policies. In the past, it has been concerned with such issues as undergraduate recruitment and retention, grading, financial aid, the development of the university’s College House system and the structure of New Student Orientation.
COUNCIL OF GRADUATE DEANS
The Council of Graduate Deans is an advisory body to the Provost and Vice Provost for Education. The Council consists of the Vice Provost for Education, who chairs the Council, and the Graduate Deans of the nine schools that offer Ph.D. and research masters degrees. The Graduate Deans provide advice on administrative matters affecting the larger University graduate student community, such as recruitment and retention.
COUNCIL OF PROFESSIONAL MASTER’S DEGREE DEANS
The Council of Professional Master’s Degree Deans is an advisory body to the Provost chaired by the Vice Provost for Education. Each School that offers a professional Master’s degree program has a representative who is appointed by the school deans and are expected to be the Associate/Deputy/Vice Dean of the school that oversees the degree program(s). The Council advises the Provost on issues and policies affecting professional programs and students that are cross-school or university-wide in scope.
GRADUATE COUNCIL OF THE FACULTIES
The Graduate Council of the Faculties is an advisory body to the Provost. The Council is chaired by the Vice Provost for Education, and its members are elected by the School faculties according to their by-laws, with the following representation: seven members from the School of Arts and Sciences, two members from Biomedical Graduate Studies, and one member from each of the Annenberg School for Communication, School of Design, Graduate School of Education, School of Nursing, School of Social Policy and Practice, School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Wharton School. In addition, three Ph.D. candidates serve on the council, selected by the Vice Provost for Education on the recommendation of the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly.