Graduate Council Meeting
I. The meeting was called to order at 2:05 p.m.
Voting members and alternates present were: J. Allen, G. Alter, A. Chamberlain, J. Coleman, D. Cool,
B. Gray, M. Gruys, P. Ilagan, M. Kazimierczuk, M. McNutt, B. Milligan, L. Ream, J. Runkle, M. Schultz,
E. Self, T. Tarpey, J. Tipps, L. VandeCreek, S. Watamaniuk.
Non-voting members, alternates and other attendees were: B. Ayres, M. Bargerhuff, M. Brainerd,
C. Brun, L. Caron, D. Cipollini, E. Gilles (scribe), A. Goshtasby, L. Hofmeyer, L. Hong, A. Hsu (chair),
C. Loranger, D. Voss, J. Warfield.
II. Approval of Minutes
It was moved and seconded that the minutes of the February 2, 2012 meeting be approved as written. Motion carried unanimously.
III. Report of the Dean (A. Hsu)
a. Enrollment and Recruitment – The Graduate School received an enrollment report from Institutional Research for Fall 2012; there is a 19% increase in graduate applications from Fall 2011 despite the fact that applications are down nationally. The increase may be a result of the Graduate School’s marketing efforts. The latest effort is ½ page ads in WPAFB’s newspaper, The Skywriter, that run every other week and feature a different graduate program each time.
b. Spring Graduate Open House – April 10, 2012. The yield of graduate applications is much higher at this event than any other recruiting event; the Graduate School will continue this event for now.
c. Graduate Student Excellence Awards – Nominations will be accepted until April 23; the awards program will take place on May 16.
d. Graduate Council Elections for 2012-2013 –One third of the current members of Grad Council will need to be replaced for the 2012-2013 academic year (one representative from each college/school). Recall that the Faculty Constitution that was approved last year changed the composition of Graduate Council; please refer to the Graduate Council Manual for the current policies and procedures. The Graduate School would like to receive the election results by May 1, or at least by the end of spring quarter. An announcement for the elections will be emailed to the Deans some time in the next few weeks.
e. Policy on Graduate Research Assistant Tuition Remission – An ad-hoc committee of the Research Council will be formed to discuss policy for graduate research tuition remissions. Any proposals from this ad-hoc committee will be reviewed by the Grad Council’s Policies Committee and Graduate Council.
IV. Committee Reports
a. Policies Committee (G. Alter)
1. Policy 3.100 Graduate Program Review – Per the request of the Graduate Council members at the February 2012 meeting, the Policies Committee met to discuss the frequency for graduate program reviews. The Committee recommended that the following language be added to the policy: "When possible, these reviews will coincide with accreditation reviews, and will normally occur every 5-10 years." On behalf of the Policies Committee, G. Alter moved to approve Policy 3.100 as it is now written. No discussion. A. Hsu called for a vote. All in favor. Motion carried.
2. Policy 1.40 Admission of Students with Three Year Bachelor’s Degrees – The recommended changes to the policy are more prescriptive and make allowances for the European three year bachelor’s programs. The policy was also updated to be consistent with current policies and procedures for the English programs. On behalf of the Policies Committee, G. Alter moved to approve the changes to Policy 1.40 as indicated in the "Admissions Policy for Students with 3-Year Bachelor’s Degrees" memo dated Jan. 20, 2012, and revised by the Policies Committee on Feb. 15 and 23, 2012. Discussion: In the event that the state of Ohio and HLC approve 3-year bachelor’s programs, then WSU will accept the degrees under this policy. A. Hsu called for a vote. All in favor. Motion carried.
3. Policy 4.52 and 4.53 Senior Permission – On behalf of the Policies Committee, G. Alter moved to approve the addition to Policy 4.53 that adds "Undergraduate students already possessing a bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply as non-degree graduate students and are not permitted to register under this policy," and the replacement language to policy 4.52 from "162 or more quarter hours or 108 semester hours earned toward the bachelor’s degree" to "senior status." No discussion. A. Hsu called for a vote. All in favor. Motion carried.
b. Membership Committee (B. Gray)
The Graduate School Dean approved 9 new graduate faculty members (5 Regular, 4 Adjunct). The Membership Committee is reviewing a few nominations and is awaiting additional information.
c. Curriculum Committee A (L. Ream)
1. Master of Science in Teaching (Earth Science) program low residency option –The MS in Teaching (Earth Science) program has been in existence for over 30 years and has been a highly successful online program for the past 10 years. The low residency option recruits students from outside WSU and only requires one week long seminar on campus in summer semester. Only one new semester course will be developed for this program. On behalf of the Curriculum Committee A, L. Ream moved to approve the proposal for adding a low residency option to the MS in Teaching (Earth Science) program as written. Discussion: It is assumed that the EES and CEHS faculty will continue to teach these courses. To clarify the current residency requirement, the online program is only offered to WSU students now. This proposal only requires Graduate Council approval; no further approval is needed. A. Hsu called for a vote. All in favor. Motion carried.
2. Physics Combined Degree Program – This proposal is similar to the other combined degree programs that have been approved by Graduate Council in the past year. The proposal allows four 6000/7000 level courses to be used as electives in the BS program. There are no changes to the existing courses. On behalf of the Curriculum Committee A, L. Ream moved to approve the Physics combined degree program as written. Discussion: Upon Graduate Council’s approval, this proposal will be reviewed by Faculty Senate. It has already been approved by UCAPC. A. Hsu called for a vote. All in favor. Motion carried.
d. Joint Curriculum Committees (C. Loranger)
1. Course Inventory Requests: PSC 790, PSC 792, PSC 795 – These three courses will be offered this spring and are part of the Cyber Security program. The Curriculum Committees requested one small change to the enrollment restrictions but otherwise felt that the requests met course requirements. On behalf of Curriculum Committees A and B, C. Loranger moved to approve the course inventory requests for PSC 790, PSC 792, and PSC 795 as written with the amendment to the enrollment restrictions. No discussion. A. Hsu called for a vote. All in favor. Motion carried.
2. Full Proposal – Master of Science in Cyber Security / Master of Cyber Security – The MS in Cyber Security program will be housed in CECS and focuses on developing technology. The Master of Cyber Security program will be housed in SOPP and is interdisciplinary, focusing on the end-product users of security apparatus. Upon review, the Curriculum Committees asked for more development of some key points in the proposal. With the revisions, the Curriculum Committees feel that the proposal meets RACGS guidelines. On behalf of Curriculum Committees A and B, C. Loranger moved to approve the full proposal for the Master of Science in Cyber Security / Master of Cyber Security. No discussion. A. Hsu called for a vote. All in favor. Motion carried.
e. Student Affairs Committee (C. Brun)
The Committee met to review the first round of nominations for the Graduate Council Scholar awards. Two offers were made; one has been accepted so far. The deadline to submit nominations for the second round is March 15. The decision will be made by April 1.
V. Graduate Student Assembly (L. Hofmeyer)
The GSA recently awarded the first round of Original Work and Professional Development Grants. The GSA received 14 applications; 9 graduate students received awards (3 Original Work grants and 6 Prof Development grants) for a total of $4650.00. The funds for these grants come from the Student Organization Budget Committee. A second round of applications will be accepted until March 26. The email announcement will be sent to all Graduate Council members.
VI. Unfinished Business - None
VII. New Business - None
VIII. Discussion - None
IX. The meeting was adjourned at 2:45 p.m.