Dissertation/Thesis Committees



Committee Membership

The review committee should consist of at least three faculty members drawn from the core faculty of CGU or from the extended faculty of The Claremont Colleges.  At least one committee member must be drawn from the core faculty of the student's CGU school or program.

The Chair of the Committee must be from the core faculty of CGU or from the extended faculty of The Claremont Colleges.

Committee Members.  CGU encourages the inclusion of an expert in the student's field who is also from outside The Claremont Colleges.  Outside examiners may be included on a four-person committee, but not on a three-person committee.

External Examiners.  External examiners may be drawn from the faculty of other institutions or may be a qualified practitioner in the student's field.  The outside expert has a vote in committee proceedings only upon the approval of the dean.

Approval.  Dissertation committees must be approved by the dean of the school.



Exceptions to Review Committee Membership

Exceptions to the make-up of a review committee must be approved by the Provost.

Requests should be submitted by the dean of the school either through an academic petition or by memo direct to the Provost.  Requests should include the following.

  • Clear statement of the situation and options considered before requesting the exception
  • Compelling reasons for approving the exception
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) of the external examiner, if applicable

If approved, the Provost's Office will notify the Registrar's Office.  Documentation for an approved exception is retained in the student's file.




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