School of Graduate Studies Review Committee Report

PDAD&C #36 2003-04

Memorandum

To:

PDAD&C
School of Graduate Studies

From: Professor Vivek Goel, Interim Vice-President and Provost
Date: May 3, 2004
Re: School of Graduate Studies Review Committee Report



In January 2004, as preparation for the search for a new Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, the Provost struck an internal review committee with a mandate to assess the effectiveness of the recent re-structuring of the School of Graduate Studies and to consider the role and effectiveness of the School of Graduate Studies with regards to the many functions within its purview.   As part of its deliberations the Committee met with, and or received written submissions from, individuals from within the School of Graduate Studies and the University of Toronto community.  A major report on the work of SGS
following the last report was also submitted by Dean Marrus.

I am pleased to present the final Report of the School of Graduate Studies Review Committee.  The key recommendation of the report is that "…given the centrality of graduate studies to the vision and mission of the University of Toronto, the School of Graduate Studies Review Committee recommends that a Task Force be struck to do an overarching review of the place of graduate education at the University of Toronto."  The committee observed that graduate education encompasses far more activity than the School of Graduate Studies alone.  In addition, the committee noted that the University of Toronto, as well as our external environment, has undergone some significant changes that have had an impact on graduate studies.  The most notable of these include:

  • Divisional administrative structural changes such as the creation of Associate Dean (Graduate Studies) or equivalent portfolios in several faculties;
  • the introduction of the doctoral funding guarantee and the concomitant
    emphasis on graduate enrolment planning at the divisional level;
  • the introduction of a variety of new government funding programs that
    provide support of research and graduate studies (e.g., training centre
    grants, Canada Graduate Scholarships);
  • the implementation of a tri-campus administration model;
  • the creation of new policies and an office (housed in SGS) for
    post-doctoral fellows;
  • the arrival of the double cohort and now consideration and planning
    for graduate enrolment growth as it flows through;
  • the framework for a new academic plan - Stepping UP.

These changes and discussions, coupled with the end of the current Dean's term, suggest the need for a broad assessment of the place and processes of graduate education at the University of Toronto.

The Report of the School of Graduate Studies Review Committee and Dean Marrus' report are available online at http://www.provost.utoronto.ca/userfiles/HTML/nts_6_6537_1.html

The Search Committee for the Dean of Graduate Studies has begun its work.  The recommendations in the Report of the Review Committee will inform the work of the Search Committee.

The School of Graduate Studies has experienced significant transformation through the last decade.  Throughout his mandate, Dean Michael Marrus has served as a strong advocate for graduate studies at the University of Toronto as well as nationally and internationally.  In addition, the staff at SGS has been dedicated to providing excellent service to graduate students.  I would like to thank both Dean Marrus and the staff at SGS for their commitment to, and hard work on behalf of, graduate students at the University of Toronto.