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Graduate Council Meeting

October 4, 2012

MINUTES 

I. The meeting was called to order at 2:05 p.m.

Voting members and alternates present were: J. Allen, G. Alter, C. Brun, A. Chamberlain, R. Grandhi, B. Gray, M. Gruys, B. Hull, M. Kadakia, M. Kazimierczuk, T. Longley-Cook, J. McAlearney, M. McNutt, M. Miller, W. Mosier, B. Rigling, R. Ramsey, S. Schiller, M. Schultz, E. Self, T. Tarpey, and J. Warfield. 

Non-voting members, alternates and other attendees were: B. Ayres, M. Brainerd, D. Curry, S. Foster, E. Gilles (scribe), J. Greening, L. Hong, A. Hsu (chair), L. James, J. Keferl, C. Loranger, M. Mamrack, D. Steele-Johnson, and R. Williams.

II. Approval of Minutes

It was moved and seconded that the minutes of the Sept. 13, 2012 meeting be approved as written. Motion carried unanimously.

III. Report of the Dean (A. Hsu)

a. Minority Fellowships – The call for nominations was recently emailed; the deadline is Oct. 30, 2012. Dr. Hsu asked that the Graduate Council members help spread the word and encourage faculty to identify and nominate minority students.

b. RACGS – The schedule of meetings for the Regents’ Advisory Committee on Graduate Study recently changed to an every-other-month schedule. Please be aware of the timing of the meetings for future program approvals.

c. Doctoral Program Reviews – Wright State receives special doctoral program support from the State. In exchange, the State has mandated program reviews. Last academic year, three of the research-based doctoral programs conducted an internal self-study and underwent an external review: PhD in Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering PhD, and Biomedical Sciences PhD. The final reports from these reviews have been shared with the program directors and college deans and a response document/action plan is being developed. This year, the Environmental Sciences and Human Factors, Industrial, Organizational Psychology PhD programs will be reviewed.

IV. Report of the Assistant Dean (R. Ayres)

a. Announcements – The marketing and recruiting season is upon us. The Graduate Open House is this Monday, October 8, 5:00-7:00 p.m. The Associate Director of Graduate Recruitment, Jason Champagne, has been active in numerous recruiting events around the state. If you would like to participate in similar events or have other ideas for recruitment, please consider completing an application for a recruitment grant from the Graduate School.

b. Paper to Electronic Processes – With the graduate admissions workflow up and running, the Graduate School is beginning to look at other paper forms/processes that might be converted to an electronic process. Program input is welcome as the list is being compiled and prioritized.

V. Committee Reports

a. Policies Committee (G. Alter) Policy 2.23 in Graduate Council Manual: Graduate Faculty Qualifications - According to the Higher Learning Commission’s guidelines, for those without a terminal degree, equivalent professional experience can be accepted in its place. The amount of experience, however, was not quantified. The Policies Committee, in cooperation with the Graduate School, recommends the following language be added to Policy 2.23: “Equivalent professional experience” shall normally consist of more than 5 years of professional-level work in the field for which the faculty member is being qualified. On behalf of the Policies Committee, G.Alter moved to approve the addition to policy 2.23. Discussion: The Committee did not review what minimum other Ohio universities have set; Dr. Hsu was aware that some require at least 3 years. The Committee chose five years because it takes at least five years to earn a terminal degree. A. Hsu called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.

b. Membership Committee (B. Gray) Since the last Graduate Council meeting, the Graduate School Dean approved 5 adjunct graduate faculty memberships. The Membership Committee is currently reviewing 2 nominations.

c. Curriculum Committee A (R. Grandhi)

1. New Course Requests: HLT 7121 and ME 6850 - On behalf of the Curriculum Committee A, R. Grandhi moved to approve the two course inventories. No discussion. A. Hsu called for a vote. Motion passed.

2. Course Modifications: ASM 8500, CMH 7410, ME 6080, ME 6340, ME 6740, and ME 7340 - On behalf of the Curriculum Committee A, R. Grandhi moved to approve the six course modifications. No discussion. A. Hsu called for a vote. Motion passed.

3. Program of Study MEIE (quarter-to-semester conversion) - On behalf of the Curriculum Committee A, R. Grandhi moved to approve the requested modification to the program of study. No discussion. A. Hsu called for a vote. Motion passed.

4. Certificate Program Proposal: Nuclear Biological Chemical Defense – Three existing courses are grouped to form this certificate program. Since the proposed certificate is less than 21 credit hours, the proposal only requires Graduate Council approval. On behalf of the Curriculum Committee A, R. Grandhi moved to approve the certificate program. No discussion. A. Hsu called for a vote. Motion passed.

5. New Track in MS in Engineering: Aerospace Engineering – The College of Engineering and Computer Science has approved the addition of a new interdisciplinary track in the MS in Engineering program – Aerospace Engineering. The new track is less than a 50% change in curriculum so it only requires Graduate Council approval. On behalf of the Curriculum Committee A, R. Grandhi moved to approve the new Aerospace Engineering track. No discussion. A. Hsu called for a vote. Motion passed.

d. Curriculum Committee B (J. Warfield for S. Franco)

1. New Course Requests: ABS 7601, ABS 7602, ABS 7603, ABS 7604, ECO 5520, EDL 8350, and SAA 6651 - On behalf of the Curriculum Committee B, J. Warfield moved to approve the seven course inventories. No discussion. A. Hsu called for a vote. Motion passed.

2. Course Modifications: EDL 8720, EDL 8730, and EDS 6220 - On behalf of the Curriculum Committee B, J. Warfield moved to approve the three course modifications. No discussion. A. Hsu called for a vote. Motion passed.

3. Programs of Study: Teacher Leader Endorsement, Teacher Leader Curriculum & Instruction On behalf of the Curriculum Committee B, J. Warfield moved to approve the requested modifications to the two programs of study. No discussion. A. Hsu called for a vote. Motion passed.

e. Student Affairs Committee (C. Brun)

1. Minority Fellowship Awards – The committee has been given the charge to review candidates for the Wright Fellowship program aimed at attracting high quality underrepresented minority graduate students to WSU. Since there are funds available for 2012-2013, the Graduate School has begun a nomination process for 8 scholarships for Spring 2013. Graduate students who began Summer 2012, Fall 2012, or who will begin Spring 2013 will be eligible for the Spring 2013 awards. A separate nomination process will take place later in the academic year for 2013-2014. Up to 4 awards will be given to graduate students who begin Fall 2013. Each graduate program is encouraged to nominate one student for the award. The deadline is Oct. 30, 2012.

2. Alumni Awards – The call for nominations was emailed earlier this week; the deadline for nominations is Oct. 30, 2012. Each college should nominate one graduate alumnus.

VI. Graduate Student Assembly (J. Greening) The GSA is actively working on membership recruitment and fundraising and plans to contact individual Graduate Council members soon to talk about the organization. The campus wide announcement for this fall’s professional development and original work grants will be made on Nov. 5.

VII. Old Business – None

VIII. New Business – None

IX. Discussion - None

X. The meeting was adjourned at 2:45 p.m.