Graduate Council Meeting

February 13, 2014

MINUTES
 
I. The meeting was called to order at 2:05 p.m.
 
Voting members and alternates present were:  T. Brewer, C. Brun, A. Chamberlain, C. Cherrington, D. Cipollini, W. Dragon, R. Grandhi, M. Gruys, B. Hull, M. Kadakia, M. Lee, J. McAlearney, M. McNutt, B. Milligan, W. Mosier, E. Osborne, B. Rigling, E. Self, and J. Warfield.
 
Non-voting members, alternates and other attendees were:  R. Ayres (chair), H. Dregalla, S. Foster, R. Fyffe (dean), E. Gilles (scribe), L. Hong, J. Keferl, M. Mamrack, C. Miller, L. Mylabathula, M. Ragas, and S. Shellabarger.
 
II.  Approval of Minutes
 
It was moved and seconded that the minutes of the November 21, 2013 meeting be approved as written. Motion carried unanimously.
 
III. Report of the Dean (R. Fyffe)
 
Dr. Robert Fyffe assumed the role of Dean of the Graduate School on Feb. 1, 2014. He thanked Dr. Bill Ayres for serving as Interim Dean and happily reported that Dr. Ayres will continue as Associate Dean. Dr. Fyffe also thanked the Graduate School staff for their hard work and continuous efforts to boost graduate programs. Lastly, Dr. Fyffe thanked the members of Graduate Council for their dedication to advancing graduate education.
 
Dr. Ayres will continue to chair the Graduate Council; Dr. Fyffe will attend the meetings when possible. Going forward, the Graduate School will continue to support all graduate programs across campus.
 
Some new hybrid strategies to increase both the number of students and the quality of programs are being implemented. The Graduate School will also be working closely with the Wright State International Gateway to promote and attract high quality international students. Dr. Fyffe invited Dr. Lang Hong, Executive Director of the International Gateway, to give a short presentation at the next Graduate Council meeting.
 
IV. Report of the Associate Dean (R. Ayres)
 
The Graduate School will host a Graduate Program Directors Workshop on Friday, Feb. 28, 12-2:00 p.m. in E156 SU. The topic is recruitment. Data from multiple student surveys will be shared and a discussion about how best to use this information to make recruiting efforts more successful is planned.
 
The Graduate Student Excellence Awards Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 16, at 4:00 p.m. All graduate programs are encouraged to select an outstanding student in their program that will be honored at this event. Recipient information is due to the Graduate School by March 19.
 
V.  Committee Reports
 
a.   Student Affairs Committee (C. Brun)
 
Nominations for the Graduate Council Scholars and Wright Fellows scholarships are currently being collected. The deadline for the first round of nominations for Graduate Council Scholars is Monday, Feb.17.  The deadline for the second round, and the deadline for the Wright Fellows, is Monday, March 17. Graduate programs are encouraged to nominate new students for these one-year awards that include stipend and tuition. One hint: the committee looks for information from the graduate program as to how they plan to support the student in the second year.
 
b.   Membership Committee (W. Mosier)
 
Since the last Graduate Council meeting, a total of 13 graduate faculty memberships were approved.
The Graduate School Dean approved 12 adjunct memberships; the Membership Committee approved 1 adjunct graduate faculty membership.
 
c. Policies Committee (B. Milligan)
 
1.   Graduate Council Manual Policy 3.61 and 3.63 – Language was added to the policies to (1) define the credit hour range of 9-20 semester hours for certificate programs, (2) reflect the new approval process for certificate programs to include the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), and (3) require programs to submit a list of students completing a certificate to the Graduate School. On behalf of the Policies Committee, B. Milligan moved to approve the revisions to policies 3.61 and 3.63. No discussion. R. Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.
 
2.   Graduate Policies Manual Policy 1.15 and 1.19 – Certificate seeking students currently apply as non-degree students. The revision to policy 1.15 and proposed policy 1.19 creates a new admission category – certificate status. On behalf of the Policies Committee, B. Milligan moved to approve the revision to policy 1.15 and the creation of policy 1.19. Discussion: The non-degree status will still exist. Administratively, students applying to certificate programs will complete the non-degree application, will submit one transcript with proof of degree, and will pay a $10 fee. The list of certificates that WSU offers has recently been added to the Grad School website and University Catalog. The certificates will also be included in future Graduate School marketing efforts. R. Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.
 
3.   Graduate Policies Manual Policy 1.12 –Semester conversion language revision related to conditional admission (three courses: 12 quarter hours = 9 semester hours). Current policy states “eight or more semester hours” but should read “nine or more semester hours.” On behalf of the Policies Committee, B. Milligan moved to approve the revision to policy 1.12. No discussion. R. Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.
 
4.   Graduate Policies Manual – In some places in the Manual, policies refer to “Ph.D.” programs instead of “doctoral” programs. The Graduate School oversees two doctoral programs that are not Ph.D. programs: the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and the Doctor of Organizational Studies (Ed.D.). On behalf of the Policies Committee, B. Milligan moved to approve the language revision from “Ph.D.” to “doctoral” programs throughout the Policies Manual. No discussion. R. Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.
 
d.   Curriculum Committee A (R. Grandhi)
 
1.   On behalf of the Curriculum Committee A, R. Grandhi moved to approve the following new course requests: ASM 7572, 7573, 7771, ASM 7772, ASM 7773, ASM 7971, ASM 7972, and BIO 6750. No discussion. R. Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.
 
2.   On behalf of the Curriculum Committee A, R. Grandhi moved to approve the following course modifications: ASM 7472, ASM 7571, ASM 7973, CEG 6360, MTH 7000, STT 7910, and STT 7920. No discussion. R. Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.
 
3.   On behalf of the Curriculum Committee A, R. Grandhi moved to approve the following program of study modifications: MS Nursing: Adult Gero ACNP cardiac specialization, MS Nursing: Adult Gero ACNP, MS Nursing: Nursing Education, MS Nursing: School Nurse, and MS Nursing: Family Psych & Mental Health NP. No discussion. R. Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.
 
4.   On behalf of the Curriculum Committee A, R. Grandhi moved to approve an online delivery request for the MS in Cyber Security program. Discussion: This request will be sent to RACGS for email approval; the program already has HLC approval. R. Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.
 
e.   Curriculum Committee B (M. McNutt)
 
1.   On behalf of the Curriculum Committee B, M. McNutt moved to approve the following new course requests:  ED 7820, KNH 7130, KNH 7140, KNH 7840, PLS 7791, PLS 7981, PLS 7982. No discussion. R. Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.
 
2.   On behalf of the Curriculum Committee B, M. McNutt moved to approve the following course modifications: EC 7770 ED 7600, ENG 6940, KNH 7100, KNH 7530, MKT 7800, SW 6410, URS 6200, URS 6210, URS 6230, URS 6240, URS 6260, URS 6290, URS 6300, URS 6320, URS 6340, URS 6390, URS 6410, URS 6430, URS 6440, URS 6450, URS 6460,
URS 6480, URS 6490, URS 6500, URS 6900, and URS 7050. No discussion. R. Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.
 
3.   On behalf of the Curriculum Committee B, M. McNutt moved to approve the following new program of study requests: EDT Ed Tech M.Ed. Health Professions and KNH Adapted Physical Education Endorsement. No discussion. R. Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.
 
4.   On behalf of the Curriculum Committee B, M. McNutt moved to approve a program of study modification for the Gifted Education Needs Endorsement. No discussion. R. Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.
 
5.   On behalf of the Curriculum Committee B, M. McNutt moved to approve a quarter to semester conversion for GER 5120. No discussion. R. Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.
 
VI. Graduate Student Assembly “GSA” Report (M. Ragas)
 
The grant committee will announce the first round winners of the professional development and original works grants next week. The second round deadline is February 19. Any faculty members interested in assisting the grant committee review team should see Moner after today’s meeting. The GSA is sponsoring a Grant Writing Workshop on March 4.
 
VII. Old Business – None
 
VIII. New Business – None
 
IX. Discussion
 
Dr. Ayres introduced the new Graduate School senator for Student Government, Leo Mylabathula. Melissa Gruys shared information regarding Research Council’s call for applications for the Research Initiation Grants (awards up to $20,000) and Professional Development Grants (awards up to $3,000).  The deadline to apply is March 10. New faculty (new hire from 2009 to present) and proposals containing faculty collaborations will be given priority consideration.
 
Melissa Gruys is also co-chair of the taskforce for gender-based violence. She would like to obtain feedback from Graduate Council members. Please watch for an email from her regarding this report.
 
X. The meeting was adjourned at 2:55 p.m.