University Research & Graduate Studies Council
The University Research & Graduate Studies Council, which is chaired by the VP for Research & Graduate Studies, is responsible for safeguarding the excellence of graduate education. The Council which has started meeting on a monthly basis this past academic year has a membership which consists of faculty members from each college within the institution. The Office of Research & Graduate Studies is the administrative arm of the Council and is empowered on its behalf to enforce its regulations and policies.
The Graduate Council sets the policies and standards for graduate admission, scholarships, and degrees. The Council reviews established degree programs and proposals for new fields of study or degrees; establishes qualifications and policies for Graduate Student Teaching Assistants and Graduate Student Research Assistants; responds to issues referred to it by the Vice President, the Provost’s Office, and the deans, and participates in reviews of existing graduate programs.
Advisory Research Committee
The Advisory Research Committee serves in a consultative capacity to the VP for Research & Graduate Studies on issues pertaining to research priorities, policies and procedures, and to ensure good governance and best practice. It is composed of internal and external members from different disciplines and research backgrounds. Members of the Committee include faculty from the University and experts with similar ranking from external entities such as The King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), KSU and KFSHRC.