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Graduate Studies, Faculty & Graduate Council

Overview information about the structure of graduate education at UW Oshkosh.

THE OFFICE OF GRADUATE STUDIES

Beginning in 1962, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh introduced graduate study to northeastern Wisconsin. There are currently over 30 master's, post-master's (GAP), certificate and doctoral programs with a variety of emphases, electives and research areas.  Courses are regularly scheduled during late afternoon and evening hours enabling students to pursue most graduate degree programs while working full time.

Vision 

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh will be recognized as the premier provider of graduate education north of Madison.

Mission Statement

Graduate education at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh fosters scholarly activities that develop leaders who think creatively and analytically. Our graduate students and alumni contribute to the intellectual vitality of their communities by not only creating knowledge but by applying that knowledge.

The Graduate Faculty

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has an outstanding graduate faculty. The graduate faculty has responsibilities for graduate curriculum, admissions decisions and recommendations, student academic advisement, Graduate Council and/or departmental graduate committee activities, candidacy and comprehensive examinations, involvement with theses, clinical papers, field projects or culminating experiences, classroom instruction and assessment of learning.

Graduate Faculty members shall include those persons of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh who are eligible to teach graduate courses and engage in graduate level activities.  The Graduate Faculty shall consist of two groups:

A.  Ranked Faculty - Qualifications for Ranked Faculty

  1. The earned doctorate or the appropriate terminal degree in the professional field or discipline and rank of assistant professor, associate professor, or professor
  2. A record of productive scholarship, creative endeavor or achievement in practice commensurate with doctoral expectations
  3. Ability for graduate level teaching
     

B.  Instructional Academic Staff

Qualifications for masters level Instructional Academic Staff

  1. A minimum of a masters degree in the professional field or discipline
  2. Equivalent experience as defined by college or unit 
  3. Ability for graduate level teaching


Qualifications for doctoral or terminal degree level Instructional Academic Staff

  1. A doctorate or terminal degree in the professional field or discipline
  2. A record of productive scholarship, creative endeavor or achievement in practice commensurate with doctoral expectations
  3. Ability for graduate level teaching


C.  Assignment to teach graduate-level courses and participate in graduate-level activities will follow standard University and College personnel and administrative protocols.

D.  On an annual basis by October 1st, each college/unit shall provide the Dean of Graduate Studies a list of new nominees, continuing members, and deleted members of the Graduate Faculty.

E.  Responsibilities may include but are not confined to: assignment to graduate classroom instruction; graduate curricular oversight and assessment; graduate admissions decisions and recommendations; graduate student academic advisement; facilitation of graduate student growth and development; Graduate Council and/or departmental graduate committee activities; candidacy and comprehensive examination responsibilities; involvement with field projects, theses, seminar or clinical papers.

The Graduate Council

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Graduate Council is a representative body that is responsible for the formulation of policies concerning graduate programs of the University. The Council serves as an advisory body to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Provost and is concerned with the implementation of graduate study policies. Specific functions and powers of the Council are to:

  1. Establish goals and directions for graduate education at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh that are supportive of quality and consistency of standards.
  2. Advise the Dean of Graduate Studies and Provost on matters related to planning and coordination of graduate education.
  3. Request that the Dean of Graduate Studies and Provost direct specific studies to be undertaken on matters of concern to the Council.
  4. Review existing graduate programs with recommendation for administrative action for continuance, modification or discontinuance.
  5. Review new or substantially revised graduate programs and recommend administrative action on them.
  6. Collaborate with representatives of other institutions in the development and conduct of inter-institutional agreements for program offerings.
  7. Serve as an appellate body for exceptions to Office of Graduate Studies policy.