Graduate Council Meeting

April 18, 2013

MINUTES
 
I.  The meeting was called to order at 2:05 p.m.
 
Voting members and alternates present were:  G. Alter, C. Brun, A. Chamberlain, D. Cipollini, R. Grandhi, B. Gray, M. Gruys, M. Kazimierczuk, M. Miller, B. Milligan, W. Mosier, B. Rigling, S. Schiller, M. Schultz,   E. Self, T. Tarpey, and J. Warfield.  
 
Non-voting members, alternates and other attendees were:  R. Ayres (chair), L. Caron, C. Cherrington,  D. Curry, E. Gilles (scribe), L. Hong, M. Holland, L. James, D. LaHuis, Y. Li, E. Reinsch-Friese, R. Williams. 
 
II.  Approval of Minutes
 
It was moved and seconded that the minutes of the March 21, 2013 meeting be approved as written.  Motion carried unanimously.
 
III. Report of the Interim Dean (R. Ayres)
 
Graduate Council 2013-2014 – A thank you to outgoing Grad Council members; a reminder to colleges to send in election results; a notice to continuing members that an opportunity to change committee memberships will be emailed soon; and an announcement that the first Graduate Council meeting of 2013-2014 will be Thursday, September 26, at 2:00 p.m. in E156 SU.  
 
University Budget – Both undergraduate and graduate tuition will increase 2.2% for 2013-2014.
 
Marketing Update – The Graduate School’s “Defining Next” campaign is in full swing: search engine marketing, ads in The Skywriter, radio ads, internet banner advertising, etc. The Graduate School is in process of acquiring space on digital billboards around Dayton.  
 
IV. Committee Reports 
 
a. Policies Committee (G. Alter) 
The committee met once to consider Policy 1.18: Transitional Status. Collaborations with domestic and international universities for 3 + 2 programs have created a need for a new graduate admission category. The students entering these programs do not yet have their bachelor’s degrees so this policy will allow them to be admitted in a “transitional status.” Only 15 hours of graduate work taken in Transitional status can be applied to a graduate degree at Wright State; students in this status are expected to complete their bachelor’s degree by the end of those 15 hours. On behalf of the Policies Committee, G. Alter moved to approve Policy 1.18. No discussion. R. Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.    
 
The Policies Committee also reviewed a request to change the GPA calculations for admission of “fresh start” students. The Committee chose to not take action on this request.
 
b. Membership Committee ( B. Gray)
Since the last Graduate Council meeting, the Graduate School Interim Dean approved 3 regular and 7 adjunct graduate faculty memberships. 
 
c. Curriculum Committee A (R. Grandhi)
1. New Course Requests: BIO 6720, EE 6600, EE6600L, and Course Modifications: ANT 7000, BME 6422, BMS 9960, BMS 9970, BMS 9980, EGR 8950, NUR 7401, NUR 7403, NUR 7611, NUR 7612, NUR 7613, NUR 8099, NUR 8102, and NUR 8202 - On behalf of the Curriculum Committee A, R. Grandhi moved to approve the 3 course requests and 14 course modifications. No discussion. R. Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.
 
2. Program Development Plans:
i. Doctor of Nursing Practice PDP – This is a request to create a stand-alone DNP degree (a separation from the University of Toledo). The Curriculum Committee made an initial review of this PDP in March and recommended some revisions. The redrafted PDP has the Committee’s support.  On behalf of the Curriculum Committee A, R. Grandhi moved to approve the PDP for the Doctor of Nursing Practice. No discussion. R. Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.
 
ii. PhD in Interdisciplinary Applied Science and Mathematics PDP - The Curriculum Committee also made an initial review of this PDP in March and recommended some revisions. The redrafted PDP, with a request for a little more information to be included in a couple appendices, has the Committee’s support.  On behalf of the Curriculum Committee A, R. Grandhi moved to approve the PDP for the PhD in Interdisciplinary Applied Science and Mathematics. No discussion. R. Ayres reminded the Council of the approval process for PDP’s: Graduate Council, Provost, RACGS (for comment only) and the requirements: Five pages plus appendices. R.Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.
 
3. Combined Degree Program: B.S. in Mechanical or Materials Engineering and M.S. in Mechanical, Materials, or Renewable and Clean Energy Engineering:  The Mechanical & Materials Engineering Department added some clarification to the Combined Degree Program, specifying that  7000 level courses (in addition to 6000 level courses) can be taken as electives and counted towards the BS and MS degrees. 
 
4. Degree Designation Changes:
i. MS in Engineering to MS in Industrial and Human Factors Engineering
ii. MS in Engineering to MS in Aerospace Systems Engineering
 
These degree designation changes are consistent with previously approved CECS proposals.
 
On behalf of the Curriculum Committee A, R. Grandhi moved to approve the additional language to the combined degree program and the two degree designation changes. No discussion. R. Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.
 
d. Curriculum Committee B (S. Schiller for S. Franco)
1. Course Modification: HST 7815 
 
2. New Course Requests: SAA 6652, SAA 6660, SW 6110, SW 6120, SW 6150, SW 6160, SW 6170, SW 6180, SW 6210, SW 6220, SW 6410, SW 6420, SW 6450, SW 6460, SW 6610, SW 6640, SW 7160, SW 7170, SW 7230, SW 7240, SW 7620, SW 7630, SW 7650, SW 7660.
 
3. Programs of Study:
i. MA Social Work (WSU-MU)
ii. Regional Studies Certificate Program (new)
 
4. Quarter to Semester Conversions: GER 5250, GER 5320, GER 5810, GER 5820, GER 5830, GER 5900, GER 5990, GER 6810, and ML 5990
On behalf of the Curriculum Committee B, S. Schiller moved to approve the course modification, the 24 new course requests, the 2 programs of study, and the 9 quarter to semester conversions. The motion was seconded. No discussion. R. Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.
 
e. Student Affairs Committee (C. Brun)
The committee met once to select the recipients for the Grad Council Scholarships and the minority Wright Fellowships. Five Graduate Council Scholarships have been awarded; recipients came from 5 different colleges. All offers have been accepted. Four Wright Fellowships have been offered, 3 have been accepted to date. Twenty applications in total were received for both scholarships which is less than the previous year. 
 
V. Research Report (E. Reinsch-Friese)
With 3 months yet to go in this fiscal year, both the number of grants and contracts awarded and the amount of basic and applied research funding are down a little. One reason research funding is lower – Ohio Link transferred to The Ohio State University.
 
Hanover Grants – Hanover offers grant support and writing services (prospect research, proposal review, and proposal writing). Two proposals queues are available; request for use of services should be sent to Dr. Fyffe.
 
RSP Database Implementation - Replacement of current FileMaker database which will end the use of “red folders.” Phased implementation of InfoEd modules: Proposal Development and Proposal Tracking (PI and Approver training complete in BSOM, CECS Investigator training this summer); Conflict of Interest (ready for testing); Human Subjects Management (business process mapping underway); Clinical Trials licensed by CTRA (configuration underway); and Laboratory Animal Management (2014?). 
 
VI. Graduate Student Assembly (R. Ayres)
 
The GSA ended the year with 107 members. Elections were held; the leadership is transitioning to ensure continuity. 
 
VII. Old Business – None
 
VIII. New Business – None
 
IX. Discussion – None 
 
X. The meeting was adjourned at 2:40 p.m.