The Graduate Education Advisory Committee (GEAC) is a 24-member committee comprised of faculty and administrators from the state's public and private universities and health- related institutions. GEAC first met in 2005 to review and implement recommendations made in the report, Doctoral Education in Texas, which was adopted by the Board in October 2004. Since then, GEAC's purview has expanded to a regular review of current issues relating to graduate education at public universities in the state. GEAC collects and analyses data, using it to create policy recommendations for Academic Affairs staff and the Board. GEAC produced the 18 Characteristics of Doctoral Education, a set of key statistics for each doctoral program, now required for all public institutions to post on their websites. GEAC also recently completed a Strategic Plan for Doctoral Education, outlining long-term goals for graduate education in Texas.
Original Charge: 2005
Current Status: Standing, non-statutory
Meeting Schedule: Meets four times per year
GEAC Members: The 24 members of GEAC serve for two- or three-year terms. Many of the committee members are Graduate Deans. Members are nominated by their institutions, and they are selected to evenly represent public, graduate-degree-granting institutions of all sizes, regions, and missions. There is one representative from a private research institution and one graduate student member.