The Graduate School Advisory Council (GSAC) is a broadly based and inclusive group that helps the vice provost for graduate programs sort out the most pressing issues affecting USC graduate programs. The group includes representatives from the Graduate Student Government, additional graduate students, representatives from the Academic Senate, representatives from the Council of Academic Advisors, staff from a number of individual programs and the graduate school, and faculty of all ranks and tracks from programs across the university. The group is diverse in terms of ethnicity, life experience, field, and role within the university community.
- Advises the Vice Provost for Graduate Programs, and recommends courses of action on university policies
- Serves as an important link between the academic units and the Graduate School
- Acts as the official advisory group on policies, quality standards, rules and regulations of Tthe Graduate School
- Advocates for the needs of the graduate program and graduate students within USC
- Helps build cross-school, cross-discipline communication and collaboration
- Helps develops strategic initiatives to improve graduate education
- Serves as advocacy consultants for students needing help in conflict resolution and/or as panel members in appeals of disputed academic evaluations that would lead to dismissal