The Advisory Council 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, the graduate school's Graduate Student Advocates, 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 notably 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 Graduate School 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 The Graduate School
- Advocates for the needs of the graduate program and graduate students within USC
- Helps build cross-school, cross-discipline communication and collaboration
- Advocates for the University's graduate mission both internally and externally
- Provides leadership in developing strategic initiatives to improve Ph.D. education
- Participates in shaping the vision for the future of USC graduate education in a national and international context, based on the USC Strategic Plan
- Engages graduate faculty in issues relevant to quality 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.
- Advises the Vice Provost on proposed new graduate programs