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CGSP looks at commission committee structure

Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 04 - September 14, 1995

In a brief meeting last week, Commission on Graduate Studies and Policies Chair Rebecca Lovingood outlined the commission's committee structure.

The Graduate Curriculum Committee will be chaired by John Burton of Education. The committee, which approves new courses, new programs, and name changes, includes college representatives who are not on the commission.

Jim Burger will chair the Graduate Appeals Committee.

Dean Stauffer will chair the Degree Requirements, Standards, Criteria, and Academic Policy Committee.

No chair has been named for the Graduate Student Relations Committee. That committee receives white papers from the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) and examines in detail proposals that directly impact graduate students.

Appointments to the Academic Integrity Committee, a joint committee with the Commission on Research, will be made at a later date. The two commissions will meet jointly on September 20.

Items for the October 4 agenda will be the Commonwealth Campus proposal, and the graduate-student contract.

Bruce Chaloux explained that the Commonwealth Campus concept allows individuals who are not enrolled in degree programs to take courses. The proposal has met with approval from the provost's staff and college deans.

Martha Johnson reported the graduate-assistantship contract has been discussed by several faculty groups and been well received. A word document that prevents certain text blocks from being changed but allows other information to be added is being proposed for department use. It will be demonstrated for CGSP.

In other business:

* Library representatives reported there is still time to review the serial-cancellation list. It is on the library homepage, available in the library, and will be printed in Spectrum, Anita Haney said.

* The Graduate and Professional School Day sponsored by the GSA will be October 11 in Squires Commonwealth Ballroom. Some four dozen institutions as well as Virginia Tech departments will participate to provide information for undergraduates.

* The Virginia Tech Off-Campus Housing Office, operated by GSA, also accepts listings of available housing, as well as providing information. Joe Morelo reported that when faculty members have visited from two to six months, they have been able to find housing through the office. A homepage is being developed, GSA president Bryan Rowland reported.

* The library has moved into its new storage facility. Retrievals are made twice a day. There is not enough staff for visits at this time, Haney said. Material that has been weeded from the storage area will be noted on VTLS. Material is going to be moved from the library to storage to provide more shelf space in the library, she said.

* The research and graduate studies retreat will be October 21, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Marriott. Invitations will provide more information.