Collegial governance is the foundation of a cohesive and engaged university community.  Confidence in the CGPS’ governance structure and its processes are essential for the college to meet institutional objectives. To revise the CGPS governance structure is a major goal in the CGPS strategic plan 2025 (Objective 10). In 2020/21 CGPS performed a systematic comparison of graduate council and committee structures with U15 institutions and undertook a consultation process to understand the challenges in the current state and identify opportunities to improve.  

The governing structure has evolved over many years and a variety of committees established with delegated authorities.  The array of governance structures includes Graduate Faculty [Council], CGPS Council, Council Executive and 10 standing committees.

Working Group Composition

CGPS Dean Chair
CGPS Associate Dean
5 Faculty Members  Includes a Co-Chair
Graduate Student Nominated by the GSA
Postdoctoral Fellow Nominated by the SPS
Project Support Lori Lisitza (Executive Officer and Assistant to the Dean, CGPS)

Office of the University Secretary and Chief Governance Officer
CGPS staff supporting committees


Project Goal

The goal of this review is to reconsider our decision-making framework and redefine it through the lens of representative and participative procedures which we need to avoid insularity in graduate governance and to create better coordination.  Once we have affirmed confidence in our governing bodies, we can begin to address the relationships with colleges and schools delivering graduate programs and the balancing of responsibilities for graduate programs – (Strategic Plan 2025 - Goal 11).



Fall 2020 A project plan was presented at the CGPS Council meeting in October 2020.  To begin the process, we engaged members of our committees in preliminary consultations over the fall and winter 2021/22 where terms of reference of the committees were considered. In winter 2021, the dean commissioned a comparative analysis of Graduate Academic Governance across the U15.  The research was performed by Oxana Pimenova, a doctoral student in JSGS.
Summer 2021 Consultation plan developed
Oct 28, 2021 Executive and Committee Chairs
Nov 16, 2021 CGPS Council
Jan tbd University Governance (discussion)
Jan 11, 2022 Council (discussion)
Jan tbd University Council (discussion)
Feb 2022 Executive (vote)
March 15, 2022 CGPS Council (vote)