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Graduate Council Meeting

April 24, 2006

MINUTES

I. The meeting was called to order at 2:40 p.m.

Voting members and alternates present were: G. Alter, G. Bernhardt, N. Bourbakis, W. Carmichael,
R. Dodge, J. Dombrowski, B. Jung, M. Leffak, J. Leung, P. Martin, T. McKee, J. Ovington, J. Paietta,
L. Ream, J. Rudisill, C. Ryan, K. Scordo, V. Shalin, J. Sherman, T. Sudkamp, C. Taylor, J. Thomas (Chair), P. Vermeersch, A. Wendt, R.Williams

Non-voting attendees were: B. Gray, S. Foster, L. Higgins, J. Kimble, G. Malicki, W. Sellers, V. Sethi

II. Approval of Minutes

It was moved and seconded that the minutes of the February 13, 2006 meeting be approved as written. Motion carried unanimously.

III. Report of the Dean (J. Thomas)

Spring quarter enrollment figures indicate a decrease of 1.2% in total graduate head count, and an increase of 4% in graduate credit hours.

Requests for 2006-2007 appointments to the Graduate Council and Graduate Council Committees (Student Affairs, Policies, Membership Committees and Research Council) will be circulated mid-May. Department Bylaws should be followed where appropriate when determining the appointments.

The annual Graduate Student Excellence Awards Program is scheduled for May 24, 2006, at 5:00 pm, in the Student Union Formal Lounge. Nominations are requested by April 28. All members of the Graduate Council are invited to attend.

J. Thomas thanked the Council for a productive academic year and stated that he appreciated all the hard work and accomplishments realized by the Council and its Committees.

IV. Committee Reports

• Policies Committee (L. Ream)

The Reading Committee for the proposed Master of Information Systems (MIS) recommended this new program to the Policies Committee. Documents provided to the Policies Committee included the Report of the MIS Reading Committee, the Executive Summary of the Proposed MIS Program, and the MIS Course Schedule and Organization document, The program will require 48 credit hours to complete, and is designed to be completed in 5 quarters. Expected enrollment is around 30 students. The Committee reviewed and discussed the documents at length, and was impressed with the technical, structural, and operational aspects of the program. Concern, however, was expressed with respect to faculty resources needed to support the program. Following discussion, the Committee voted 3-yes; 1-no; and 2-abstain to rercommend the program for approval to the Graduate Council. After some discussion, the Council voted unanimously to approve the program.

Changes in the M.S. in Nursing: Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) concentration were reviewed by the Committee. Three changes to the concentration were proposed. Changes 1 and 2 involved reducing clinical hours (from 4 to 2) in NUR 726 and NUR 727, respectively, to bring the courses in line with American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) clinical hour course recommendations. Change 3 recommended that NUR 728 be included within the CNL master’s program, as opposed to being a post-graduate course for the CNL graduate, as originally recommended by AACN and approved by the Graduate Council. The hours for the CNL concentration, with these revisions, total 59.5 credits. The Committee voted unanimously to approve the changes, which will be initiated in Summer Quarter 2006.

The Committee reviewed a proposed title change in the M.S. in Counseling Program, requesting to change the Counseling: Business and Industrial Management concentration to Counseling: Business and Organizational Management. The Program Advisory Committee in CEHS had stated that the new title would be more reflective of the current content and provide a clearer description of the concentration for marketing puroposes. C. Ryan stated that the CEHS committee found that the term Industrial reflected community usage when the program was established, but that it should now be replaced by Organizational, which is more consistent with the community at present and with terminology currently utilized in CEHS. The Committee voted unanimously to approve the name change for this concentration. Upon the reeport to the Council, a RSCOB council member questioned the use of the word organizational. Dean Thomas asked the Policies Committee look at this concern.

A change in the degree requirements for the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program: Public Health Management concentration, was reviewed by the Committee. The MPH Program asked approval of a larger number of electives for the Management concentration. (The SoM Graduate Studies Committee and the University previously approved expansion of the MPH Program from 52 to 56 credits, in order to comply with new accreditation requirements.) The Committee voted unanimously to approve the change.

• Membership Committee (R. Dodge)

The Committee met April 4 and April 17, 2006 and considered and recommended 5 nominations for full graduate faculty membership and 5 nominations for adjunct full graduate faculty membership.

The full member nominees are:

Bowling, Nathan Psych/S&M
Hunt, Allen Physics/S&M
Lindsey, Jill Ed Leader/ED&HS
Rafferty, Timothy Ed Leader/ED&HS
Sengupta, Arijit ISOM/RSCoB

The adjunct full member nominees are:

Clark, John MME/EGR&CS
Hsiang, Shih-Ta CS&E/EGR&CS
Shingledecker, Clark Psych/S&M
Sondergaard, Rolf MME/EGR&CS
Tamirisakandala, S. MME/EGR&CS

It was moved and seconded that the nominees be approved; the motion passed unanimously.

• Student Affairs Committee (B. Gray)

The Committee met on February 21 to interview four applicants for the Regents Graduate/Professional Scholarship. A student who plans to begin his graduate program in Chemistry at Wright State University was the Committee’s primary nominee for the fellowship.

Five offers have been made in the accelerated process of the Graduate Council Scholarship Program. To date, one offer has been accepted. Other nominations will be considered by the Student Affairs Committee. Eight Graduate Council Scholars will continue for the second year of the program.

Dean Thomas stressed the importance of the Graduate Council Scholarship program as a beneficial recruiting tool.

  • Research Council (W. Sellers)
  • Grants and contract awards for FY 2006 were compared to the previous 3 fiscal years. As of this date, compared to the previous 3 years, WSU is currently behind 2004 and 2005 numbers, but ahead of 2003 awards. The award count indicates $35 million received as of March. (An amount $15 million was added in April for a total very close to April 2005.)
  • An announcement of the Research Challenge Technology Commercialization program will be made this Spring.
  • Research and Sponsored Programs presently maintains two data-base memberships – SPIN and Community of Science (CoS). Because of the expense involved, and in an effort not to duplicate the memberships, Dr. Sellers solicited the Graduate Council to canvass their faculty to determine which search membership is most utilized and, consequently, should be retained. The current preference is to retain Community of Science.V. There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:05 p.m.