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Chapter 3B: Graduate Programs at Multiple Campuses

As a land-grant research university, WSU offers a variety of graduate programs throughout the state and in collaboration with national and international partner institutions. Such programs must maintain rigorous academic standards to prepare graduate students to excel in a global society. The following considerations apply to graduate programs and their interactions across the WSU campuses:

  • Each graduate program is required to specify in its bylaws the ways in which campuses and extension sites will interact to sustain programmatic excellence. The bylaws should state which campuses have been officially approved by the institution to offer the degree associated with that program, and which campuses are support campuses (see Chapter 3.A.1).
  • In some cases, a single degree program with a single set of bylaws and graduate faculty will be available to students studying at multiple campuses.These degree programs may or may not require a specific period of residence at the Pullman campus for some period of study.
  • In other cases, separate degree programs in similar fields of study, with separate and distinct bylaws and graduate faculty, may be established at multiple campuses. In this case each campus must be separately authorized by the institution to offer the degree. These programs are referred to as “stand-alone programs” because the bylaws are applicable only to the degree program at a single campus.
  • If a new and separate graduate program (stand-alone program) is established at a campus, even if a similar program in the same field of study already exists elsewhere in the WSU system, faculty developing the new program must follow the process described in Chapter 3.C below, including gaining approval to offer the degree at that site through the official WSU approval and notification process.
  • If an established graduate program decides to expand its program to a supporting campus, or to the Global Campus, to include faculty or other resources, this must occur by appropriate amendment of the program bylaws and by following the process described in Chapter 3.D below to modify an existing graduate program.
  • The maintenance of academic rigor and excellence will be assessed during program review. Programs should be prepared with appropriate documentation.

Graduate students may engage in graduate education at locations that do not offer formal degrees at a particular location or campus provided the faculty, department, deans, and chancellors agree on a process. There are three basic models or options currently used in the Washington State University system that offer students the opportunity to participate in graduate education.

  • Option 1:  Acceptance into the approved program and initial entry to one of the approved campus locations. Students spend their entire time on the campus where the program is approved.
  • Option 2:  Acceptance into the approved program and initial entry to the campus where the program is approved. Students spend at least one semester on the campus where the degree is approved. At this time the student is considered a student at that campus. The student then resides on another campus and works with a faculty member at that campus. This student is then a student with a recognized enrollment at that local campus.
  • Option 3:  Acceptance into the approved program with initial entry onto a contributing campus. Students do not spend any time at the campus where the program is approved. Students have recognized enrollment at the local campus.

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