Subcommittee on Graduate Course and Curriculum (GCC)

GCC responsibilities include review and approval of graduate credit course proposals. The GCC also maintains the requirements for new undergraduate and graduate-level courses.

2017-18 Roster

Name College, School, or Department Term Expiration
John Boyland Computer Science 2019
Kyle Ebersole (Sabbatical) Kinesiology 2019
S. Scott Graham English 2020
Craig Guilbault Mathematics 2019
Elana Levine (Chair) Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies 2019
Joseph Rodriguez History 2019
Jon Welstead Music 2018

2017-18 Meetings

Scheduled meetings are from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Mitchell 245.
Meeting Date Proposals Due* Documents
Thursday, September 14 August 24 Agenda, Minutes
Thursday, October 5 September 14 Agenda, Minutes
Thursday, November 2 October 12 Agenda, Minutes
Thursday, December 7 November 16 Agenda, Minutes
Thursday, February 1 January 11 Agenda, Minutes
Thursday, March 1 February 8 Agenda, Minutes
Thursday, April 5 March 15 Agenda
Thursday, May 3 April 12 Agenda
* Proposals for course and program additions, changes, and deletions that are subject to action by the Graduate Course and Curriculum Subcommittee must arrive in Mitchell 249 with appropriate department and school/college approvals three weeks before the meeting date.

Previous Academic Year Meetings


Meeting Date Documents
September 14 Agenda, Minutes
October 5 Agenda, Minutes
November 2 Agenda, Minutes
December 7 Agenda, Minutes
February 1 Agenda, Minutes
March 1 Agenda, Minutes
April 5 Agenda, Minutes
May 3 Agenda, Minutes

Document Archive

Definition & Duties

  1. Membership
    Nine members as follows: Four members of the Graduate Faculty Committee appointed by the Chair of the Graduate Faculty Committee, subject to approval by the Committee, three members of the UWM Graduate Faculty elected by the Graduate Faculty, one graduate student appointed to a one-year term, and the Dean of the Graduate School, or designee to serve as an ex-officio member.

    Members of the Committee should reflect the range of disciplinary competencies in the University and represent the several schools and colleges insofar as the size of the Committee allows. Two members will be appointed each year for three-year terms in order to maintain a staggered terms sequence. The Chair of the Subcommittee must be a member of the Graduate Faculty Committee and is appointed for a three-year term whenever possible to assure the continuity achieved by the staggered terms of the members of the subcommittee.
  2. Functions
    The Graduate Course and Curriculum Subcommittee has the responsibility for reviewing and approving graduate credit course proposals initiated by department or other academic units, as delegated by the Graduate Faculty Committee. It also reviews and makes recommendations regarding new graduate program proposals and program modifications to the Graduate Faculty Committee, and has the authority to bring graduate course and curriculum policy decisions before the Graduate Faculty Committee for discussion and action. It has the authority to identify issues affecting graduate education to be brought to the Graduate Faculty Committee for resolution, action, or advisement. It also has authority over the Multidisciplinary Committee-Directed Ph.D. program.

    The Graduate Course and Curriculum Subcommittee acts in an advisory capacity to the Graduate Faculty Committee, providing consultation and information on issues relating to Graduate course and curriculum issues. It has the authority to bring motions before the Graduate Faculty committee for discussion and action.
In addition to the above, the Subcommittee:
  1. Subject to policy decisions by the Graduate Faculty Committee, exercises authority delegated by the Committee in the form of exclusive review and approval jurisdiction over graduate credit course proposals initiated by departments or other academic units.
  2. Establishes procedures and criteria for the review and approval of graduate course proposals, including additions, modifications, and deletions. See Course Action Request Manual for further information.
  3. May make policy recommendations to the Graduate Faculty Committee concerning graduate education on its own initiative, at the direction of the Graduate Faculty Committee, or on request of the administration of the Graduate School.
  4. Reviews program modifications and new program requests and makes recommendations to the Graduate Faculty Committee.
  5. Reviews and makes recommendations to the Graduate Faculty Committee regarding applications for the Multidisciplinary Committee-Directed Ph.D. Programs. The subcommittee is to make the best judgment possible on the academic merit of the proposed multidisciplinary program. The subcommittee and the Dean must satisfy themselves that the proposed program cannot be carried out within an established doctoral program. The subcommittee must further approve the membership of the student’s supervisory committee, guided by considerations of the committee member’s expertise in proposed areas of study and their commitment to the student’s program.
  6. At least biennially, prepares a detailed procedure manual. All procedures followed by the Subcommittee and approved by the Graduate Faculty Committee are included in this manual. A copy is available from the Graduate School (Mitchell 261).
  7. Reviews and recommends to the Graduate Faculty Committee course proposals from departments not offering graduate degree programs: proposals from departments whose graduate course offerings will not total more than 14 credits will be referred directly to the Graduate Course and Curriculum Subcommittee. Proposals for courses in existing sequences of more than 14 credits must be accompanied by a justification explaining the need for extensive graduate course offerings in the absence of an approved graduate program. Proposals involving such sequences will be reviewed by the Graduate Faculty Committee, Campus Administration and the Regents.
  8. Makes an annual report to the Graduate Faculty Committee. Special reports may be made at the direction of the Graduate Faculty Committee or on the initiative of the subcommittee.

Syllabus Requirements for Courses Offering Graduate Credit

If specific information is not available at the time the syllabus is submitted for review, a placeholder field should still be present.

Based primarily on the following UWM faculty documents, the GCC requires each syllabus submitted for review to contain the elements specified in the table below.
  • Faculty Doc. 1895R3: Uniform Syllabus Policy
  • GFC Doc. 916: Requirements for New Undergraduate/Graduate (U/G) or Graduate-level-only (G) Course Proposals
  • Faculty Doc. 2838: UWM Credit Hour Policy
  • Faculty Doc. 2691: APC change to Selected Academic and Administrative Policy 22 (Examinations, Final)

Requirements for all syllabi

Requirement Source
1. Course title and number. 1895R3 — A.1.a.
2. Class meeting times and location. 1895R3 — A.1.b.
3. Instructor’s name, e-mail address, and/or phone number(s). 1895R3 — A.1.c & d
4. Course overview or description. 1895R3 — A.
5. Course objectives (may include learning objectives). 1895R3 — A.1.e.
6. Required and recommended readings with full citations for each textbook and each reading outside the textbook(s).

Note: The GCC will not have access to your D2L site, so a reading list must be included in the syllabus uploaded to CAR Online.
1895R3 — A.1.f.
7. Readings:
  • Many of which are current (published within the last 5 years). NOTE: Exceptions are made for primary, historical sources.
  • Representing sufficient breadth.
GCC policies
8. Attendance requirements and policies (e.g., if attendance is required, what penalties will there be for absences?). 1895R3 — A.2.d.
9. Assignment detail (scope of work, qualitative expectations). 1895R3 — A.2.f.
10. Policy on work submitted late (e.g., not accepted, or point/grade deduction). 1895R3 — A.2.f.
11. Specification of the final assessment tool (e.g., final exam, paper, etc.) 2691
12. Grading scheme including weight given to each graded component. 916
13. Schedule or chronology of topics including approximate due dates for assignments and exam dates. (For GCC purposes, format of “class meeting 1, class meeting 2…” is acceptable in lieu of specific dates.) 1895R3 — A.1.h.
14. Web links to University policies if the policies are not included in the syllabus or distributed as an attachment. 1895R3 — C.
15. Information on the investment of time by the average student necessary to achieve the learning goals of the course. 2838

Additional requirements for U/G courses

Requirement Source
Coursework assigned exclusively to graduate students that accounts for at least a third of their grade. (This can be reflected in different qualitative expectations in completing assignments that are similar to those given to undergraduates. The specific expectations must be stated in the syllabus.)

Examples of appropriate learning opportunities for graduate students include:
  • Weekly or bi-weekly meetings with graduates students outside of scheduled class time.
  • Holding regularly scheduled Web-based discussions among the graduate students.
  • Requiring graduate students to critically analyze current literature in the field.
  • Having graduate students lead class discussions or give a presentation.
  • Having graduate students complete a more complicated or sophisticated design or laboratory project.
  • Writing a substantial research paper.
Courses offered for credit to both undergraduate and graduate students must be structured in ways that provide appropriate learning opportunities for both groups. Graduate students should be asked to complete course requirements that are consistent with the goals of graduate education in their chosen fields (e.g., mastery of knowledge, creative scholarship, research competence). Simply assigning different weights to the same set of requirements for undergraduate and graduate students, or requiring more pages for a paper are generally insufficient on their own as bases of differentiation.

Additional requirements for online/hybrid courses

  1. Clear statement that the course is online or blended. If blended/hybrid, state which aspects are online, and which are face-to-face.
  2. Specification of course interactions:
    • Between the instructor and students (e.g., e-mail, D2L discussion, phone, Skype, voiceover slides, etc.).
    • Between students, for any asynchronous or synchronous discussions (e.g., D2L, Skype, social media site, etc.).
    • Between the students and the course content (e.g., D2L discussion, UWM or external Web sites, etc.).
  3. Minimum technical requirements, e.g., computer configuration, any necessary hardware or software.
  4. Listing or description of the necessary computer skills for success in the course.
  5. Contact information for technical help. UWM Help Desk:

Additional requirements for variable topics courses

Include complete information for one subtitle as outlined above, and identify (list) two other potential subtitles.

Additional requirements for group activities

If groups are used for activities, a description of how individuals and/or groups will be assessed.