University Graduate Committee

The University Graduate Committee is charged by the Faculty Senate to establish and maintain standards, policies, best practices, and procedures ensuring University graduate curricula and polices pertaining to graduate education comply with the stated mission and goals of Northern Arizona University. The UGC accomplishes this charge by:

  • articulating standards for graduate study across disciplines, ensuring the general expectations and performance of graduate students are appropriate to graduate-level academic programs and certificates;
  • establishing and maintaining standards and policies for graduate education in such matters as, but not limited to: academic standing, satisfactory academic progress, admission to graduate study, admission to doctoral candidacy, thesis and dissertation defense requirements, regulation governing transfer credits, and graduate assistantships;
  • providing meaningful feedback on newly proposed graduate degree and certificate plans, including the Academic Planning Framework, in relation to NAU’s current programs, and providing feedback on these proposals to the academic College and Provost;
  • evaluating and recommending approval or disapproval, to the Provost, of courses or plans that exist to serve the overall academic mission of graduate education across colleges;
  • reviewing sections of a graduate program’s Academic Program Review or External Accreditation reports that pertain to graduate curriculum by using the Degree Program Expectations (DPE) and other curricular materials to provide recommendations to the academic units for consideration in their Action Plan;
  • making recommendations to an academic unit’s Dean, the Provost, and NAU’s Curriculum and Assessment Coordinating Committee, regarding an academic unit’s achievement of DPE as documented in their periodic self-study
  • representing the Dean of the Graduate College at dissertation defenses; and
  • reporting annually to the Faculty Senate regarding actions taken to fulfill their charge and strategic efforts for the coming year. 


UGC bylaws were created to establish and maintain standards, policies, and procedures of the UGC, which is charged by the Faculty Senate, to ensure University graduate programs, polices, and practices align with national benchmarks and practices, as well as enhance and achieve the stated mission and goals of Northern Arizona University.

Meeting Schedule, Agenda, and Minutes

UGC meetings are held monthly during the fall and spring semesters—meetings during the months of December and May are optional, depending on workload. All UGC meetings are open to the public.

Meeting Agendas and Materials

Syllabus Review for Program Self-Study 

  • View the 2016-17 Syllabus Review Groups.
  • The Syllabus Review forms are available in Word & .pdf.
  • Curricular Maps are linked to the degree names on the review groups chart.

UGC Membership

View the current UGC membership by program.