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Graduate Council Meeting

October 16, 2006

MINUTES

I. The meeting was called to order at 2:35 p.m.

Voting members and alternates present were: G. Alter, G. Bernhardt, K. Bullinger, A. Chamberlain, D. Cipollini, R. Dodge, J. Dombrowski, R. Grandhi, D. Ketcha, N. Klingbeil, M. Leffak, P. Martin, S. Narayanan, J. Petrick, T. Rafferty, L. Ream, J. Rudisill, C. Ryan, V. Shalin, J. Sherman, T. Sudkamp, C. Sulentic, C. Taylor, J. Thomas (Chair), L. VandeCreek, D. Voss, B. Wang, R. Wantz, R. Williams, E. Wolf

Non-voting attendees were: A. Johnson, R. Carlsen, G. Malicki, E. Reinsch-Friese, J. Sayer, K. Wilhoit

II. Approval of Minutes

It was moved and seconded that the minutes of the April 24, 2006 meeting be approved as written. Motion carried unanimously.

III. Election of Secretary

It was moved and seconded that Larry Ream be appointed as Secretary of the Graduate Council for 2006-07. Motion carried unanimously.

IV. Report of the Dean (J. Thomas)

The Graduate Council operates through four standing committees. These committees and their 2006-07 chairs are: Policies Committee (L. Ream, Chair), Membership Committee (J. Petrick, Chair), Student Affairs Committee (Bobbe Gray, Chair), and Research Committee (no chair selected to date). Committee members were listed.

The graduate enrollment headcount was reviewed covering the past five years, 2001-2006. While the headcount fluctuated during this period, it was noted that although graduate headcount decreased slightly, graduate credit hours increased by about 20%. This is attributed to having more full time graduate students due to Graduate Tuition Scholarships and larger doctoral programs.

As a result of the NCA self study, WSU has been given blanket approval to deliver new on-line degree programs. However, these must still go through an internal process including review and approval by the Policies Committee. International programs (delivered in another country) still only have site specific and program specific authorization. New sites and new degree program offerings must still be approved by NCA.

Electronic thesis and dissertations (EDTs) are required as of Fall 2006, with three being submitted thus far for the fall quarter. A Thesis and Dissertation Preparation Workshop is scheduled for November 1, 2006.

Three meetings of the Graduate Council are scheduled for this academic year with others to be scheduled as needed.

V. Reports by Invited Guests

James Sayer, Faculty President: J. Sayer expressed his appreciation to J. Thomas on his leadership in keeping the Graduate Council a constant in the University’s effectiveness and efficiency and keeping the Faculty Senate updated over the years. NCA was very complimentary of the Council and the ongoing functions it provides for the University.

VI. Committee Reports

  • Policies Committee (L. Ream)

The Committee met October 9, 2006 and discussed and acted upon the following issues:

A Program Development Plan (PDP) for a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) to be offered jointly with the University of Toledo was proposed by the College of Nursing and Health. This is a professional doctorate which will be required for licensure by 2015. Following discussion, the Committee unanimously recommended the PDP to the Council. The PDP planning document was moved, seconded, and unanimously approved by the Council.

A PDP for a Ph.D. titled Sustainable Renewal in the Helping Professions was proposed by the College of Education and Human Services. Following discussion of the concept of “sustainable renewal” and of the need for the program, this planning document was also recommended to the Council and approved unanimously.

The Faculty Senate will be informed of these planning efforts and the PDPs will be sent to the Regents Advisory Committee on Graduate Study (RACGS) for a preliminary statewide review. Meanwhile, the proposers will begin work on full proposals and Reading Committees will be appointed to guide the process. The full proposals will be informed by the RACGS review.

The Policies Committee reviewed a proposal for a new M.Ed./M.A. Classroom Teacher Concentration in Early Childhood Intervention Specialist. The concentration was moved, seconded, and unanimously approved by the Committee.

The Committee discussed the checking of prerequisites for graduate courses and how this might be accomplished through Banner. While some Colleges would prefer to implement this check, others feel it could be problematic. It may be particularly difficult to check for undergraduate prerequisites to graduate courses. It was suggested that prerequisites be published in course catalog descriptions rather than being input to the prerequisite field in Banner. L. Ream asked the Committee to let him know of any other ideas.

The Committee also reported on its June, 2006 meeting.

At the April 24 meeting of the Graduate Council, a concern was voiced in regard to a title change of a Counseling program substituting the word Organizational for Industrial. Following discussion, the Committee reaffirmed the title change.

The Committee also approved a proposal allowing successful completion of the Department of English Language and Literatures LEAP Program as an acceptable alternative for a TOEFL score for international graduate admission.

  • Membership Committee (J. Petrick)

The Committee met October 9, 2006 and considered and recommended 12 nominations for full graduate faculty membership and 11 nominations for adjunct full graduate faculty membership.

The full member nominees are:

Liam Anderson Political Science/CoLA
Mary Ellen Bargerhuff Teacher Ed/ED&HS
Jacqueline Bergdahl Sociology/CoLA
Yanfang Chen Pharm/Tox/SoM
Haibo Dong MME/EGR&CS
Tarun Goswami BIE/EGR&CS
Charlotte Harris Teacher Ed/ED&HS
Ronald Helms Teacher Ed/ED&HS
George Huang MME/EGR&CS
Bor Jang MME/EGR&CS
Mary Rucker Communication/CoLA
Thomas Wischgoll CSE/EGR&CS

The adjunct full nominees are:

Victor Chan CSE/EGR&CS
Ronald Coutu, Jr. EE/EGR&CS
Scott Dyer ESPhD/CoSM
David Gorchov ESPhD/CoSM
James Miller MME/EGR&CS
Laurence Mueller CSE/EGR&CS
Jianhong-Jennifer Ren ESPhD/CoSM
Dana Rogers CSE/EGR&CS
Edmund Zelnio EE/EGR&CS
Mark Zipf MME/EGR&CS
Dick de Zwart ESPhD/CoSM

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

One nomination of a research professor who met all qualifications except being “fully-affiliated” was deferred. The Policies Committee will be asked to consider modifications of the relevant policy..

  • Research Committee (E. Reinsch-Friese)
  • the majority of which comes from federal and state agencies. 800 proposals were submitted this past year.
  • RSP Faculty Orientation will be held Tuesday, October 24, 2006. This orientation is open to both new faculty members and those just starting proposal development.
  • An RSP Funding Opportunities Workshop is scheduled for November 6, 2006.
  • A training session on Grants.gov, the newly required on-line process for submitting grants to federal agencies including NIH, is scheduled for December 6. This is important training because research grants must be submitted using this process..
  • Research Challenge Early Start / Augmentation competition applications are due November 7, 2006.

VII. G. Bernhardt, Chair of the Provost Search Committee, stated that initial provost candidate interviews will take place on Saturday. The Committee hopes to bring up to five candidates for interviews to campus beginning October 30 with the goal of making their Committee recommendation prior to Thanksgiving. Everyone is encouraged to attend the open forums to be presented by these candidates.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:15 p.m