Georgia Institute of Technology

2011-2012 Annual Report

Graduate Curriculum Committee


October 23, 2012

3-5:00 p.m.

Student Center Theater

Fall Meeting of the General Faculty, General Faculty Assembly, & Academic Senate incl. Standing Committee Annual Reports

Members: Sasha Boldyreva (CoC-CS), Robert Butera (ECE), Parag Chordia (CoA-Music), Jonathan Clarke (MGT), Rob Dickson (CHEM&BIOCHEM), Bonnie Ferri (ECE), Benjamin Flowers (ARCH), David Goldsman (ISyE), Sundaresan Jayaraman (MSE), Leo Mark (CoC-CS), Ali Mazalek (LCC), Chris Paredis (ME), Tom Sanders (MSE), Emilson Silva (ECON), Vinod Singhal (MGT), Paul Neitzel (ME), Francesca Storici (BIOL), Reta Pikowsky (Registrar), Raymond Vito (Provostís Office), Gareth Guvanasen (Graduate Student), Nate Bennett (Executive Board Liaison)

Meetings: The Graduate Committee met 10 times during the 2011-2012 year. Dr. Jonathan Clarke served as Chair of the Committee.† Dr. Tom Sanders served as Vice Chair of the Committee.† The business of the Committee is related to curriculum proposals, student petitions, and program review.


Curriculum Items: Over the 2011-2012 academic year, the GCC approved several modifications and additions to Georgia Techís degrees, clarifications on policy, new courses, changes to courses, student petitions, and review of academic policies. †


Previews of Upcoming Proposals:


Changes in CIP (Classification of Instructional Programs) Codes: Master of Science in Quantitative and Computational Finance 

Current CIP code:  52.0899

Title: Finance and Financial Management Services, Other††††

Proposed CIP code: 27.0305

Title: Financial Mathematics


Change in the Name of a School:

School of Literature, Communication, and Culture renamed to School of Literature, Media, and Communication


New Courses Approved in:

Changes in Course Equivalencies:


Deactivated Courses:


Reactivated Courses:

ECON 9000


New Degrees or Concentrations:


Degree/Program Modifications:


Administrative Matters


Program Reviews:

The October 6, 2011 Minutes reflect the status of program reviews as of that date and included a discussion about how to move forward in the next cycle.


In the March 8, 2012 Minutes the following Program Reviews were voted on and accepted.


Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics

Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Applied Physiology

Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Economics

Master of Science with a major in Economics

Master of Business Administration

Master of Business Administration in Management of Technology

Master of Business Administration Ė Global Business

Master of Science with a major in Management

Doctoral of Philosophy with a major in Management

Master of Science in Digital Media

Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction

Doctoral of Philosophy with a major in Digital Media


Since then, Program Review work has been put on hold to await a process analysis by the Provostís Office.† Once the process analysis has been completed, it will be determined whether this will remain a function of the Graduate Committee and, if so, how it will operate.


Student Petitions and Appeals:

The Graduate Committee acted on 253 student petitions. Of these, 181 were handled administratively in areas where the Committee had delegated responsibility to the subcommittee. There was 1 written appeals acted on in 2011-2012. †In academic year 2010-2011, the Committee acted on 215 petitions. There have been times over the past few years when blanket petitions to address specific problems made the number of petitions appear to increase sharply, but those areas have been dealt with and the number of petitions is well within the range of what would normally be accepted.


Ad Hoc Groups:

The Committee also asked some of its members to volunteer on ad hoc groups to discuss issues such as the BS/MS programs.† A group met in January to discuss related concerns and made progress in bringing closer the various units that offer the BS/MS. The notes from that meeting will be shared with the Committee in Fall 2012 to initiate some changes in Catalog language and some internal clarifications as to how these programs should operate.


Submitted by:



Dr. Jonthan Clarke, Scheller College of Business

Chair, GCC, 2011-2012