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The Transportation and Logistics (TL) program at North Dakota State University encompasses the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Transportation and Logistics, the Master of Managerial Logistics (MML), the Master of Transportation and Urban Systems (TUS), the Master of Science in Transportation and Urban Systems, and the Certificate in Transportation and Urban Systems.

Transportation and Logistics is an interdisciplinary program jointly offered by the Colleges of Agricultural, Food Systems, and Natural Resources; Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Business; Engineering and Architecture; Science and Mathematics; and the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute. The TL program committee is comprised of a representative from each of the following departments: Agribusiness and Applied Economics, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Emergency Management, Geosciences, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Management and Marketing, and the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute.

Purpose and Scope

The purpose of the program committee is to plan and administer the academic programs that comprise the overall Transportation and Logistics program. The committee is responsible for the approval of curriculum additions and changes (including degree titles, programs, and courses), the setting of academic standards and prerequisites for admission, the review and disposition of applications for admission, and the development and approval of program guidelines, including expectations for student performance, progress, and conduct. Furthermore, the committee is responsible for the selection of individuals within and outside of North Dakota State University to serve as Transportation and Logistics faculty and for the disposition of any general or institutional funds provided to the program by North Dakota State University. Members of the committee serve with the approval of their respective department chairs, college deans, or administrative supervisors. The Transportation and Logistics committee may develop both graduate and undergraduate program proposals in the future.

Internal Organization

The program committee may designate specific committees to carry out routine and prescribed tasks under the oversight of the overall committee, including (but not limited to)

  • Curriculum planning and review and assessment committees for individual degree programs
  • Admission review committees for individual degree programs
  • A student affairs committee to hear and decide student complaints and appeals and enforce academic honesty and ethic codes in cases of alleged violations brought to the attention of faculty or committee members, consistent with NDSU Policy 335: Code of Academic Responsibility and Conduct

Transportation and Logistics Faculty

The program committee will consider recommendations or requests for the designation of new TL faculty members when these requests or recommendations arise. Transportation and Logistics faculty members typically hold other academic and/or administrative positions within NDSU. However, the program committee may grant affiliated faculty status to qualified persons outside of NDSU. Note that affiliated faculty designations must ultimately be approved by other NDSU academic committees.

Program Director

The program director is selected by the program committee. The director should be someone with a national reputation in transportation and logistics, who can represent the program to the University and to potential government and industry sponsors. The director's primary responsibilities are to coordinate the Transportation and Logistics program among all colleges and departments within NDSU, as well as with other collaborating universities; and to represent and promote the Transportation and Logistics program to major client groups, industry associations, and federal and state agencies. The director is responsible for procuring funds for the program; funding and providing administrative support; funding and maintaining the program’s website; marketing the Transportation and Logistics programs; securing facilities and support for students; chairing the program committee; and providing general oversight of the program.

Academic Director

In addition to the program director, the committee may select an academic director. The academic director should be a NDSU faculty member with expertise in some aspect of Transportation and Logistics. The purpose of the academic director is to oversee the academic operations of the program, interface with the College of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies, and report to the program committee and director. In addition to the program director, the academic director has authority over decisions regarding acceptance, plans of study, comprehensive and assessment-related exams, and other programmatic academic matters. The academic director is expected to make substantial contributions to the Transportation and Logistics program in other ways, such as advising students and teaching courses.

The program committee may revise or expand its descriptions of the program and academic directors' responsibilities, the internal committee structure, or operating procedures in the future as appropriate, when (and if) the need arises.


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Last Updated: Monday, April 23, 2012 9:35:15 AM