The Graduate Programs Committee (GPC) policy manual and bylaws describe the duties of the committee.  According to the mission of the GPC “The Graduate Programs Committee (GPC) is responsible for all matters related to graduate programs, including the following primary activities: (a) review and development of criteria for new graduate courses and programs, (b) appointment and removal of graduate faculty, (c) consideration of student requests for exceptions to certain graduate policies, (d) review of Excellence in Education award applications, and (e) assessment and analysis of Graduate Bulletin changes prior to the Dean of Graduate Education and Research. Additional information, including a list of current Graduate Programs Committee members, is located at http://www.nmu.edu/gpc/node/1.