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Washington State University Graduate School

Chapter 1B: Administrative Structure of the Graduate School

Washington State University is a large, diverse, and complex public land-grant research university with faculty engaged in graduate education across the state and at our six campuses. However, WSU has one Graduate School,and the responsibility and authority for graduate education resides in the Graduate School. The Graduate School is committed to standards of flexibility, rigor, quality, and access that facilitate graduate education at all levels throughout our state. Each graduate program is responsible for its academic program (including the curriculum and examinations), the selection of faculty to participate in its graduate program, the recruitment of students to the program, and the monitoring of student progress. These should be coordinated efforts and, while they may be principally housed in one location, ample communication among participating faculty and the Graduate School will help ensure high quality graduate student experiences irrespective of location.

  1. Dean and Associate or Assistant Deans.
    The dean of the Graduate School, in conjunction with the associate/assistant deans, administers graduate programs throughout the multi-campus University within the policies and regulations established by the Faculty Senate’s Graduate Studies Committee.
  2. Staff.
    The Graduate School staff provides administrative, financial, technical, marketing, fundraising, and datasupport to the dean and associate or assistant deans.
  3. Graduate School Liaisons to Campuses
    The chancellor of each campus outside of Pullman designates a faculty liaison (e.g., a vice chancellor for graduate education and research) to serve as the principal conduit for communication between the Graduate School and each campus.
  4. Graduate Mentor Academy.
    Select faculty members are invited by the Graduate School to participate in the Graduate Mentor Academy, an entity with three primary functions:

• To display outstanding skills in mentoring graduate students that other faculty, especially new faculty, can observe and emulate.

• To represent the Graduate School in examinations where academic issues may arise.

• To provide input to the Graduate School for improvement or modification of current practices and procedures that will lead to the advancement of graduate education at WSU.


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