I. The meeting was called to order at 2:05 p.m.
Voting members and alternates present were: S. Baird, M. Bashaw, J. Bergdahl, K. Duffy, G. Durmusoglu, M. Fleming, A. Froehle, J. Gallagher, A. Jeyaraj, L. Luehrmann, M. Lee, J. McAlearney, M. Miller, B. Milligan, S. Watamaniuk, and J. Warfield.
Non-voting members, alternates and other attendees were: J. Allen, K.T. Arasu, R. Ayres (chair),
N. Balasubramanian, M. Brainerd, T. Broderick, D. Cipollini, R. Fyffe, E. Gilles (scribe), M. Markey, A. Steele-Middleton, B. Rigling, D. Ulrich, L. Weinstein, and K. Wilhoit.
II.Approval of Minutes
After clarification of policies 5.12, 6.86, and 8.27 which call for changes in the use of “m” grades, it was moved and seconded that the minutes of the April 23, 2015 meeting be approved as written. Motion carried unanimously.
III. Report of the Dean (R. Fyffe)
IV. Report of the Associate Dean (R. Ayres)
Update on administrative processes:
(1) Work continues on the conversion of the current curriculum workflow to the new Curriculog system. The new system is more comprehensive and communicates directly with the university catalog. Training for users of the new system will likely take place in the spring with a full launch of Curriculog next summer/fall.
(2) The university is in the early stages of implementing a new integrated Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system. The admission application for both graduates and undergraduates will be substantially upgraded, as well as the recruitment and admission communication tools. The plan is to have the new CRM in place for the Spring 2017 graduate application period, which sets the phase-in goal as Spring 2016. Fall 2016 applications will be processed through the current admission system.
For the first time in seven years, the Graduate School offered on-campus orientation sessions for incoming Fall 2015 graduate students. When last held in 2008, 82 students attended. With this summer’s multiple session format (offered at midday or in the evening), we welcomed 329 students to graduate school. This number represents about 25% of the incoming new graduate student population. The program includes both an overview of life as a graduate student, and also an introduction to the world of compliance through a discussion about the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). The Graduate School intends to offer orientation sessions at the beginning of every semester now, and will continue to work closely with the graduate programs and their program-level orientations. The Graduate School also will continue to liaise with the Orientation Office (undergraduates) in designing and organizing these events.
(1) Graduate Open House – Thursday, November 12, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Apollo Room
(2) Graduate Program Directors Workshop – Friday, November 13, 12:00-2:00 p.m., E156 SU
(3) Graduate Program Development Session – 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. More details to come.
V. Committee Reports
a. Student Affairs Committee (A. Froehle for S. Heilmann)
Dr. Froehle introduced the 2015-2016 Graduate Council Scholars and Wright Fellows to the Council members and congratulated them on their achievements.
b. Membership Committee (K. Duffy)
Since the last Graduate Council meeting, a total of 56 graduate faculty memberships were approved. The Graduate School Dean approved 14 regular and 26 adjunct memberships. The Membership Committee reviewed 22 applications and approved 16 adjunct graduate faculty memberships.
c. Policies Committee (B. Milligan)
The Policies Committee has not met yet this year.
Information item: The Faculty Senate is reviewing a policy revision approved by the Graduate Council last spring related to probation and dismissal (Policy 7.35). Specifically, the Senate’s concern is that students are no longer able to petition dismissal. The Senate requested that the Graduate School not enforce this policy this summer for those students who would be negatively harmed by the new guidelines set for dismissal. This policy suspension was applied to two students. Overall, the revision to policy 7.35 is more helpful to students than harmful – approximately 10 students were able to remain on probation this summer instead of being dismissed (per the old version of the policy).
d. Curriculum Committee A (J. McAlearney)
On behalf of the Curriculum Committee A, J. McAlearney moved to approve the following new course requests: BIO 6410, BIO 6490, BIO 7120, IHE 7430, and P&N 7100. 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: EE 7550 and NUR 6903. 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 programs of study for two new certificates: Global Health (in the Department of Community Health) and Teaching Earth and Environmental Sciences (in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences). 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:
- MS Nursing: Adult Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
- MS Nursing: Adult Gero Clinical Nurse Specialist
- MS Electrical Engineering
- MS Nursing: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Acute Care
- MS Nursing: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care
- Post-masters Certificate: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Acute Care
- Post-masters Certificate: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care
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: SAA 6670, SAA 6680, and SOC 6081. 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 6250, ED 6530, ED 6540, ED 6550, ED 6560, ED 6570, ED 7070, EDS 6420, EDS 6510, EDS 6530, EDS 6550, EDS 6570, EDS 6590, EDS 6650, EDS 6690, EDS 6990, and ENG 6940. 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 modifications:
- M.A. Student Affairs in Higher Ed Admin
- M.Ed. Educational Technology
- M.S. Teacher Leader: Curriculum & Instruction
No discussion. R. Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.
VI. Graduate Student Assembly Report (N. Balasubramanian)
- The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) is now a “coordinating organization” – only seven student organizations on campus are at this level.
- The Office of Marketing has approved the GSA to have a domain at Wright State. The new contact information will be distributed soon.
- The GSA launched a new logo at its welcome event on Sept. 2.
- The GSA is modifying its constitutional by-laws to work more closely with the dean’s student advisory boards (DSAB) across campus and also to allow all current graduate students to automatically be members of the GSA.
- The GSA hopes to begin recognizing faculty who are supportive of the GSA’s efforts with an honorary membership.
- The GSA is in discussion with the Student Government to give more authority to the Graduate Senator. Specifically, the Graduate Senator would have a chance to review new policy to make sure that graduate students are included and not negatively impacted.
- The GSA is also lobbying to have a graduate student trustee named to the Board of Trustees.
- October is Career and Student Affairs month. The GSA and SAGA (Student Affairs Graduate Assoc.) are co-hosting a networking event. The VP Student Affairs, Dr. Abrahamowicz, will be attending.
- The GSA holds meetings every third Thursday of the month.
- The GSA will be opening the application period for the Professional Development and Original Work grants soon. The application deadline will be in the third week of October. New this year, study abroad opportunities will be considered for the professional development grants.
VII. Old Business – None.
VIII. New Business – None.
IX. Discussion/Announcements – None.
X. The meeting was adjourned at 2:45 p.m.
Future meeting dates:
Oct. 29, 2015, 2:00 p.m., E163 SU
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., E156 SU