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Graduate School

Graduate Council Meeting

March 24, 2016

MINUTES

I. The meeting was called to order at 2:05 p.m.

Voting members and alternates present were: L. Anderson, M. Bashaw, T. Brewer, K. Duffy, M. Fleming, A. Froehle, S. Heilmann, A. Jeyaraj, G. Kozlowski, M. Lee, L. Luehrmann, J. McAlearney, J. Menart, M. McNutt, B. Milligan, M. Raymer, Z. Todorova, J. Warfield, and S. Watamaniuk.

Non-voting members, alternates and other attendees were: R. Ayres (chair), M. Brainerd, F. Ciarallo, H. Dregalla, R. Fyffe, E. Gilles (scribe), M. Mamrack, and A. Steele-Middleton.

II. Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the Feb. 18, 2016 meeting were approved as written without comment or correction.

III. Report of the Dean (R. Fyffe)

Carnegie Classification Update: Dr. Fyffe has been in conversation with several offices on campus who provide data in annual reports to various outside agencies. The Carnegie administrators (at IU) gather information from these third party agencies (NSF, for example). Reports submitted over the past five years are under review to check for data accuracy and completeness. Any discrepancies will be sent to the appropriate reporting agency. The third party agency could then provide updated information to Carnegie. One positive outcome – university personnel are gaining a new understanding of the importance of complete and accurate data reports.

IV. Report of the Associate Dean (R. Ayres)

Graduate Council election information was sent to each of the colleges and schools a couple of weeks ago. Results should be sent to the Graduate School before the end of spring semester.

Reminder, the last Graduate Council meeting of the academic year is April 21 at 2 p.m. The meeting will be held in E163 SU instead of E156 SU.

Upcoming Events: Friday, April 1 – Graduate Program Directors Workshop, 12:00-2:00 p.m., E156 SU Wednesday, April 13 – Graduate Student Excellence Awards Program, 4:00 p.m., Apollo Room Friday, April 15 – Research Celebration, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Apollo Room

The Graduate School will be hosting Graduate Student Orientation for the start of Summer Semester. Three sessions will be held in the first week of May (the week between Spring and Summer semesters) and one evening session will be offered during the first week of summer classes. Dates and registration information are available on the Grad School website. Please encourage your new students to attend. The Graduate School will also be offering a number of orientation sessions in August for Fall Semester. Opportunities to coordinate with program-specific orientations will be explored in the coming weeks.

V. Committee Reports

a. Student Affairs Committee (A. Froehle for S. Heilmann)

Since the last Graduate Council meeting, the Student Affairs Committee met to select the first round recipients of the Graduate Council Scholar fellowships. Four offers were made; one student accepted and one declined. One additional offer was then made and accepted. Two offers are pending. 

The Student Affairs Committee will be meeting on April 1 to review applications for the second round of Graduate Council Scholars and for the Wright Fellows. Four offers will be made for Grad Council Scholars and four for Wright Fellows.

b. Membership Committee (K. Duffy)

Since the last Graduate Council meeting, a total of 17 graduate faculty memberships were approved. The Graduate School Dean approved 6 regular and 9 adjunct memberships. The Membership Committee reviewed and approved 2 applications for adjunct graduate faculty memberships.

c. Policies Committee (B. Milligan)

The Policies Committee considered two policy revisions since the last Graduate Council meeting.

The revision to Policy 1.12 provides the same petition process for conditional students subject to dismissal as students on probation (Policy 7.35). The new language is underlined:

1.12 Conditional Degree Status Students who have an undergraduate grade point average criterion less than that required for regular status (see sec. 1.11) and/or need to complete prerequisite coursework may be admitted in conditional status. Conditionally admitted students must achieve a 3.0 cumulative graduate grade point average the term in which they complete twelve or more quarter hours or nine or more semester hours since being admitted in this status. Students who have achieved the 3.0 grade point requirement, have completed prerequisite courses, and have the approval of their graduate program will automatically be granted regular degree status. Graduate credit earned while in this status will apply toward degree requirements. Students in this category who do not meet the 3.0 grade point average requirement within the required time period will be dismissed subject to dismissal from the Graduate School. Masters degree students subject to dismissal under this policy may petition subject to the rules and procedures found in Policy 7.35 in this manual. Post-masters and doctoral students subject to dismissal from Conditional status may petition to their graduate program via the Graduate School.

On behalf of the Policies Committee, B. Milligan moved to approve the revision to Policy 1.12. No discussion. R. Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.

The Policies Committee also considered a revision to Policy 1.73 recommended by the LEAP program. The new language clarifies the language proficiency requirement for students:

From current Policy 1.73:

Students who enter the LEAP program and pass LEAP Level 4 are exempt from the requirement to take the TOEFL or IELTS.

Proposed revision to the above section of 1.73 (as approved by the Grad Policies Committee): The requirement to provide a TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score will be waived for students who pass 1) all Level 4 LEAP courses with a minimum score of 90% and 2) one WSU graduate course with a minimum grade of B.

On behalf of the Policies Committee, B. Milligan moved to approve the revised Policy 1.73. No discussion. R. Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.

Policy 1.12 and Policy 1.73 will be submitted to Provost Sudkamp for his review.

d. Curriculum Committee A (J. McAlearney)

On behalf of the Curriculum Committee A, J. McAlearney moved to approve the following new course requests: CS 7210, PTX 8060, PTX 8061, and PTX 8080. No discussion. R. Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.

On behalf of the Curriculum Committee A, J. McAlearney moved to approve the following course modifications: BMB 7020 to BMB 6020, NUR 6902, NUR 7903, and NUR 8202. No discussion. R. Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.

On behalf of the Curriculum Committee A, J. McAlearney moved to approve a title variation request for CMH 7920. The Community Health program would like to assign a specific title to this variable title course for the current semester (Spring 2016). After discussion, the motion was tabled. The students enrolled in the course will need to be notified of this potential change and agree to the change before the title request can be considered.

On behalf of the Curriculum Committee A, J. McAlearney moved to approve the following program of study modifications:

1. M.S. Nursing: School Nurse

2. Certificate: School Nurse

No discussion. R. Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.

e. Curriculum Committee B (A. Jeyaraj)

On behalf of the Curriculum Committee B, A. Jeyaraj moved to approve the following new course requests: ABS 7230, CHI 5500, CHI 6030, LA 6100, MIS 7810, PLS 6820, PLS 6821, PLS 6822, PLS 6823, PLS 6824, and PLS 6825. No discussion. R. Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.

On behalf of the Curriculum Committee B, A. Jeyaraj moved to approve the following new certificates:

1. Diversity and Social Inequality

2. Teaching College History No discussion. R. Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.

The Diversity & Social Inequality certificate and Teaching College History certificate will be submitted to Provost Sudkamp for his review.

VI. Graduate Student Assembly – No report.

VII. Old Business – None.

VIII. New Business – None.

IX. Discussion/Announcements – None.

X. The meeting was adjourned at 2:35 p.m.