The University of Nebraska has a single University-wide Graduate College with a single University-wide graduate faculty. The Dean of the Graduate College is the University-wide executive officer for graduate studies and research. Unless superseded by direct action of the Graduate Faculty acting as a whole, the legislative and academic authority of the Graduate Faculty is vested in an Executive Graduate Council. The Dean coordinates graduate programs among the respective campus units. The Dean, or the Dean’s designee, serves as the presiding officer of the University-wide Graduate Faculty and Councils thereof. The Dean recommend appointment to or removal from the Graduate Faculty and shall be administratively responsible for the welfare of the Graduate College and for implementing the policies of the Board of Regents and the Graduate Faculty concerning graduate studies and research. The Office of the Executive Vice President/Provost is the clerical center and clearing house for all official communications between the Executive Graduate Council, and the faculty, administrators, and external agencies.
Campus Deans for Graduate Studies are administratively responsible to their respective Chancellors, and to the Dean of the Graduate College in their capacities as officers of the College. Campus Deans act as liaison officers between the Chancellors and the Dean of the Graduate College, preside over the meetings of their campus Graduate Councils and campus Graduate Faculties, and administer their respective campus graduate programs.
Under authority delegated to them by the Executive Graduate Council, the Graduate Faculty of each campus conducts the affairs of the Graduate College which are specific to their campus, including the election of a campus Graduate Council to act on behalf of the campus Graduate Faculty. Actions of a campus Graduate Faculty or a campus Graduate Council does not supersede the authority of the University-wide Graduate Faculty or of the Executive Graduate Council.