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Graduate School

Graduate Council Meeting

March 21, 2013


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. Cool, B. Gray, M. Gruys, M. Kaylor, M. Kazimierczuk, J. McAlearney, M. Miller, B. Milligan, W. Mosier, R. Ramsey, B. Rigling, A. Russell, M. Schultz, E. Self, and T. Tarpey.  
Non-voting members, alternates and other attendees were:  R. Ayres (chair), M. Brainerd, D. Curry, E. Gilles (scribe), J. Greening, L. Hong, D. LaHuis, and M. Mamrack.
II.  Approval of Minutes
It was moved and seconded that the minutes of the Feb. 21, 2013 meeting be approved as written.  Motion carried unanimously.
III. Report of the Interim Dean (R. Ayres)
a. Marketing Video Project – The next marketing project for the Graduate School is the development of short videos, one for each college, that highlight faculty research and student/alumni achievements. If you have a story to recommend for the video, please talk to your college’s associate dean.
b. Graduate Council Elections – Emails were sent to college deans/associate deans with information about members’ terms and current college-specific graduate faculty lists. Generally, each college/school will need to elect one new representative for a three year term. Election results should be sent to the Graduate School by the end of April.
c. Dates and Reminders – Grad Program Directors’ Workshop - Monday, April 1. The topic will be advising and its role in retention and student success.  The next Workshop has been scheduled for Friday, Nov. 15. The fall Graduate Open House will take place Wed. Oct. 16, 5:00-7:00 p.m., in the Apollo room. 
IV. Committee Reports 
a. Policies Committee (G. Alter) 
No report.
b. Membership Committee ( B. Gray)
Since the last Graduate Council meeting, the Graduate School Interim Dean approved 3 regular and 2 adjunct graduate faculty memberships. Reminder: Please submit graduate faculty nomination forms for newly appointed faculty; temporary membership is one option and permits faculty to teach graduate courses, advise graduate students, and perform other duties of graduate faculty members for one academic term.
c. Curriculum Committee A (J. McAlearney for R. Grandhi)
1. New Course Requests: CS 5300, CS 5301, CS 5302, CS 5303, CS 6370, and CS 6840. On behalf of the Curriculum Committee A, J. McAlearney moved to approve the six course requests. No discussion. R. Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.
2. Degree Designation Changes:
i. MS in Biomedical Engineering
ii. MS in Materials Science and Engineering
iii. MS in Mechanical Engineering
iv. MS in Renewable and Clean Energy Engineering
These degree designation changes are consistent with previously approved proposals from CECS. On behalf of the Curriculum Committee A, J. McAlearney moved to approve the four degree designation changes from Master of Science in Engineering to Master of Science in XXX Engineering. No discussion. 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:  On behalf of the Curriculum Committee A, J.McAlearney moved to approve the combined degree program. Dr. Ayres reminded the Council that this proposal is also being reviewed by UCAPC and will be sent to Faculty Senate for final approval. No discussion. R. Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.
d. Curriculum Committee B (R. Ayres for S. Franco)
1. Course Modification: CNL 6700 
2. Programs of Study: 
i. Middle Childhood Education Licensure (modification)
ii. MA History: War and Society (new concentration) 
On behalf of the Curriculum Committee B, B. Gray moved to approve the course modification and two programs of study. 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 meets next Monday to select the recipients for the Grad Council Scholarships and the minority Wright Fellowships. Nineteen applications were received for GC Scholarships; four were received for the Wright Fellowships. Offers have been made to two students from the first round of the GC Scholarships; the students have until April 15 to accept or decline the offer. 
V. Graduate Student Assembly (J. Greening)
1. Health Insurance – 150 graduate students have responded to the GSA survey about insurance needs. GSA will be preparing a proposal to HR that includes this feedback.
2. Graduate Research Event – May 24. Statewide invitation. Expecting 150 poster presentations.
3. GSA website updated to include same marketing style as Graduate School. Also created yearbook that highlights grant winners; hope to create interest from local businesses and maybe gain their financial support.
4. Brown Bag Event – April 1 with Dr. Melissa Gruys. Topic: CVs and resumes
5. Held election recently – full elected board for GSA next year.
VI. Old Business – None
VII. New Business – None
VIII. Discussion
The senior administration is focused on increasing enrollment, and in particular, to increase the yield of international students. Graduate Program Directors may be contacted by the Provost office to assist in this effort.
IX. The meeting was adjourned at 2:25 p.m.