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Graduate School

Graduate Council Meeting

September 11, 2014

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, C. Brun, K. Duffy, G. Durmusoglu, A. Froehle, A. Goshtasby, A. Jeyaraj, G. Kozlowski, M. Lee, J. McAlearney, M. McNutt, J. Menart, B. Milligan, W. Mosier, B. Rigling, J. Warfield, S. Watamaniuk, and B. Young.
 
Non-voting members, alternates and other attendees were:  R. Ayres (chair), T. Brittingham, D. Curry, E. Gilles (scribe), M. Holland, L. Hong, J. Keferl, M. Mamrack, M. Miller, M. Ragas, A. Sengupta, S. Shellabarger, L. Small, and D. Vanamala.
 
II.  Approval of Minutes
 
It was moved and seconded that the minutes of the April 17, 2014 meeting be approved as written.  Motion carried unanimously.
 
III. Report of the Associate Dean (R. Ayres)
 
On behalf of Dean Fyffe, Dr. Ayres welcomed all new and returning members to Graduate Council. 
 
Enrollment report: The 14th Day data was announced this week. Overall, graduate enrollment is up 301 students (9%) over last year. Domestic graduate student enrollment is up 2.9% (76 students) and international graduate student enrollment is up 30% (225 students). The Colleges of Liberal Arts and Education saw the largest increase in domestic students; the College of Engineering saw the largest increase in international students. Dr. Ayres expressed thanks to the staffs of the Wright State International Gateway and the Graduate School; he also thanked all the graduate programs for their vigorous support of graduate enrollment. 
 
Wright State-Wright Patt Scholarships: The $2500/semester tuition scholarships are for active military and government civilians, as well as their spouses and dependents. The scholarship program was announced in June. To date, the Graduate School has received 115 applications, 85 of which have been awarded. The breakdown: 49 civilians, 18 active military, 12 spouses, and 5 dependents. The enrollment has been spread across colleges. 
 
Dates: The Graduate Open House will take place Wed. Oct. 15, 2014, 5:00-7:00 p.m., in the Apollo room. Two Graduate Program Directors Workshops are scheduled for the year: Fri. Nov. 7, 2014, and Fri. March 13, 2015. Both workshops will be held in E156 SU, 12:00-2:30 p.m., and will include lunch.  
 
Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees and Assistants:  Wright State is one in a long list of CGS member institutions that support the renewal of the CGS Resolution that states that “Students are under no obligation to respond to offers of financial support (such as graduate scholarship, fellowship, traineeship or assistantship) prior to April 15.” The Graduate Council Scholars and Wright Fellows are two such awards that follow this resolution. 
 
IV. Committee Reports
 
a. Student Affairs Committee (C. Brun)
 
As is tradition, several of the recipients of the 2014-2015 Graduate Council Scholar and Wright Fellow awards were present to express their thanks to the Council. Dr. Brun introduced those in attendance - 
Graduate Council Scholars: Kenton Beachy, Public Administration, CoLA, and Monica DeWeese, Student Affairs in Higher Education, CEHS; Wright Fellows: Laura Carpenter, Renewable & Clean Energy Engineering, CECS; Tinu Daboiku, Materials Science & Engineering, CECS; Lainey Mallin, Chemistry, COSM; Luis Marin, English, CoLA; and Emily Sandt, Physics MST, COSM.
 
Membership Committee (W. Mosier)
 
Since the last Graduate Council meeting, a total of 148 graduate faculty memberships were approved. The Graduate School Dean approved 45 regular and 35 adjunct memberships; the Membership Committee approved 1 regular and 67 adjunct graduate faculty memberships. 
 
b. Policies Committee (B. Milligan) 
 
The Policies Committee met last Friday to review a revision to policy 4.71 in the Graduate Policies and Procedures Manual. Policy 4.71 addresses transfer credit; the revision specifically addresses military transfer credit that has been recognized by the American Council of Education. The language recommended for addition to policy 4.71 makes explicit that the Graduate School will accept these transfer credits, and that graduate programs can then choose to approve these credits. On behalf of the Policies Committee, B. Milligan moved to approve the following addition to policy 4.71: “The sources of such transferred credits may include any military institution or military-related experience deemed equivalent to graduate course credit by the American Council of Education in its Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services, provided that the graduate program officials in question agree that such credits meet the requirements of that particular degree program.” No discussion. R. Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.   
 
c. Curriculum Committee A (J. McAlearney for D. Cipollini)
 
The Curriculum Committee met last Friday to review a number of new course requests and course modifications. The Committee wanted to thank the colleges for the detailed and complete curriculum submissions.  
 
On behalf of the Curriculum Committee A, J. McAlearney moved to approve the following new course requests: BME 7370, EGR 7920, IHE 7360, IHE 7370, IHE 7910, IHE 7920, ME 7730, ME 7750, NUR 7213, NUR 7402, NUR 7522, and NUR 7523. 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: BME 5520, EGR 7910, HLT 7121, ME 6570, ME 6580, ME 6680, ME 6740, ME 6750, ME 6870, ME 6880, ME 7100, ME 7500, NUR 7401, NUR 7403, NUR 7502, and NUR 7503. 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 modifications: M.S. Cyber Security and M.S. Engineering, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (MEIE). No discussion. R. Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.
 
d. Curriculum Committee B (M. McNutt)
 
The Curriculum Committee B met on August 28 to review several course modifications and program of study modifications. Only a few items needed some revision before approval. Otherwise, the submissions were detailed and complete.
 
On behalf of the Curriculum Committee B, M. McNutt moved to approve the following course modifications: EDL 9730, FR 5120, GER 5990, and MKT 7800. No discussion. R. Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.
On behalf of the Curriculum Committee B, M. McNutt moved to approve the following program of study modifications: Reading Education Endorsement and Technical/Professional Writing Certificate. No discussion. R. Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.
V. Graduate Student Assembly Report (D. Vanamala)
 
The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) was organized about three years ago and is supported by the Office of Student Activities and the Graduate School. Membership jumped this year from 118 to 150 students (40%).  The mission is “to promote and support research, ethics, and professional development for the graduate student population of Wright State University and to serve as advocates for the student body to the administration, ambassadors for the Graduate School, and community builders both for current graduate students and graduate alumni of Wright State University.” Related to that mission, the GSA is accepting student applications for Original Work and Professional Development grants. The deadline to apply is Oct. 20. The GSA plans to offer a Grant Writing Workshop on Oct.8 and a Stress Management Workshop near finals week. They also held a Welcome Event during Welcome Week.
 
VI. Old Business 
None. 
 
VII. New Business 
None. 
 
VIII. Discussion
None. 
 
IX. The meeting was adjourned at 2:35 p.m.