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Graduate School

Graduate Council Meeting October 29, 2015

October 29, 2015

MINUTES

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

Voting members and alternates present were: S. Baird, M. Bashaw, J. Bergdahl, T. Brewer, K. Duffy, G. Durmusoglu, A. Froehle, S. Heilmann, A. Jeyaraj, L. Luehrmann, M. Lee, J. McAlearney, M. Miller, S. Watamaniuk, J. Warfield, L. Weinstein, and B. Young.

Non-voting members, alternates and other attendees were: K.T. Arasu, R. Ayres (chair), N. Balasubramanian, M. Brainerd, H. Dregalla, R. Fyffe, E. Gilles (scribe), and M. Mamrack.

II. Approval of Minutes

It was moved and seconded that the minutes of the September 24, 2015 meeting be approved as written. Motion carried unanimously.

III. Report of the Dean (R. Fyffe)

Dr. Fyffe expressed his thanks to all the Council members for the work they do in the committees and in their graduate programs. There are a number of ongoing discussions, but nothing is ready for Council’s vote. He encouraged all members to keep up the good work.

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

Reminder of upcoming events:

  • Graduate Open House – Thursday, November 12, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Apollo Room.
  • Graduate Program Directors Workshop – Friday, November 13, 12:00-2:00 p.m., E156 SU. The topic will be the continued discussion of graduate student success with a focus on orientation.
  • Graduate Program Development Workshop – Tuesday, November 17, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., E157 SU. This is a new program series developed in response to the last Program Directors Workshop at which the idea of sharing best practices was suggested. This first session will be a peer-to-peer discussion of “Keeping Track of Your Graduate Students.”

V. Committee Reports

a. Student Affairs Committee (S. Heilmann)

Dr. Heilmann reported that the committee has not met yet. However, they will be meeting in late November/early December to consider nominations for the Graduate School Outstanding Alumni Award and to meet with the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) leadership team.

b. Membership Committee (K. Duffy)

Since the last Graduate Council meeting, a total of 35 graduate faculty memberships were approved. The Graduate School Dean approved 12 regular and 16 adjunct memberships. The Membership Committee reviewed 7 applications and approved all 7 for adjunct graduate faculty memberships.

c. Policies Committee (S. Baird for B. Milligan)

The Policies Committee met in early October and discussed a number of items – inactive students (some are not really inactive but instead working on a thesis/dissertation), advising and dismissal policies, and an undergraduate curriculum policy. No actions were taken.

d. Curriculum Committee A (J. McAlearney)

On behalf of the Curriculum Committee A, J. McAlearney moved to approve the following new course requests: PTX 8001, PTX 8110, PTX 8130, and PTX 8140. 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: BIO 6060, HLT 7001, NUR 8099, NUR 8201, PTX 7300 to PTX 7001, PTX 8210 to PTX 8005, PTX 8500 to PTX 8040, and PTX 8600 to PTX 8002. 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 program of study modification: Master of Public Health. The program is eliminating 3 of the 4 concentrations and adding a generalist concentration. 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: CHI 5120, PSI 9570, and PSI 9630. 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 course modifications: ED 6430, ED 6440, ED 6450, ED 6460, ED 6470, EDS 6200, EDS 6220, EDS 6240, EDS 6270, EDS 6400, EDS 6610, EDS 6630, and EDS 6730. 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 program of study modification: M.Ed. Intervention Specialist: Mild to Moderate. 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 program of study for a new interdisciplinary certificate: Gender, Race, and Economy. The certificate will be offered by the Economics Department but includes electives in the College of Liberal Arts. Faculty in both colleges support the certificate. No discussion. R. Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.

VI. Graduate Student Assembly Report (N. Balasubramanian)

  • Nathan introduced the new graduate student senator: Venkatesh Bellamkonda.
  • The GSA will ratify its new constitutional by-laws this month.
  • The GSA is taking efforts to connect with the dean’s student advisory boards (DSAB) across campus and is collaborating on projects with Student Government.
  • The GSA has closed the application period for the first round of Professional Development and Original Work grants. Sixteen applications were received. The review team aims to have grant decisions made by Nov. 15.
  • The GSA leadership team will meet the Grad Council’s Student Affairs Committee later this month.

VII. Old Business – None.

VIII. New Business – None.

IX. Discussion/Announcements – None.

X. The meeting was adjourned at 2:27 p.m.

Future meeting dates:
Nov. 19, 2015, 2:00 p.m., E156 SU
Feb. 18, 2016, 2:00 p.m., E156 SU
March 24, 2016, 2:00 p.m., E156 SU
April 21, 2016, 2:00 p.m., E163 SU