University of Nebraska–Lincoln Graduate College

Graduate studies at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln are organized and conducted according to the rules and bylaws of the Graduate College of the University of Nebraska. The dean of Graduate Studies coordinates and administers graduate-level programs and policies at Nebraska.

Department Graduate Committee Membership

The Chair of the Agronomy and Horticulture Graduate Committee is appointed by the Graduate College upon recommendation of the department head and the members of committee are appointed by the department head. The chair of the Agronomy and Horticulture Graduate program serves as an associate chair for one year followed by a two-year chair term (08/2006).  The five non-chairmembers of the Agronomy and Horticulture Graduate Committee are appointed for a three-year term (08/2006). The Agronomy Horticulture Graduate Student Association (AHGSA) elects a representative who serves on the Graduate Committee in matters of policy and procedures but is not involved in screening prospective students or in deliberations involving an individual student.

Graduate Committee Responsibilities

The major duties of the Graduate Committee in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture include:

  • Evaluating the academic qualifications of applicants.
  • Establishing that applicants meet those departmental requirements which are over and above those set forth by the Graduate College. 
  • Approving the program of study for M.S. students and the supervisory committee for Ph.D. students. 
  • Monitoring the progress of graduate students and taking corrective action when unsatisfactory progress is evident. 
  • Establishing a minimum passing grade for the comprehensive exam and a procedure in the event of a failing grade on a question or the exam; and maintaining quality and uniformity of the examining procedure. 
  • Approving the oral exam procedure.
  • Be available for graduate students who have concerns or issues they cannot resolve with their advisor(s) or committee. 
  • Assist in finding an advisor for a graduate student when the advisor leaves the university and is unable to supervise the student through his program.