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Graduate School

Graduate Council Meeting

April 25, 2005


I. The meeting was called to order at 2:30 p.m.

Voting members and alternates present were: G. Alter, G. Bernhardt, J. Brandeberry, W. Carmichael,
C. Cherrington, B. Jung, A. Chamberlain, S. McConnell, T. McKee, S. Nelson, J. Rudisill, C. Ryan,
V. Shalin, J. Thomas (Chair), T. Traynor, and J. Turchi

Non-voting attendees were: J. Kimble, N. Klingbeil, G. Malicki, D. Orenstein, J. Petrick, and W. Sellers

II. Approval of Minutes

It was moved and seconded that the minutes of the February 14, 2005 meeting be approved as written. Motion carried unanimously.

III. Report of the Dean (J. Thomas)

The spring, 2005 enrollment report indicates a 3.1% decline in total graduate headcount (-109) but a 1.7% increase in graduate credit hours (+384) (excluding School of Medicine and School of Professional Psychology).

Requests for 2005-2006 appointments to the Graduate Council and Graduate Council Committees (Student Affairs, Policies, Membership Committees and Research Committee) will be circulated soon.

The Graduate Student Excellence Awards Program is scheduled for May 18, 2005, at 5:00 pm, in the Student Union Lower Atrium. Nominations are due. All members of the Graduate Council are invited to attend.

J. Thomas thanked the Council for a great academic year and stated that he appreciated all the hard work and accomplishments this year.

IV. Committee Reports

• Student Affairs Committee (N. Klingbeil)

The Committee met February 23 to interview seven applicants for the Regents Graduate/Professional Fellowship Program. An applicant to the English M.A. program at Wright State University was selected as the Committee’s first choice nominee. The selected applicant will receive a Regent’s fellowship award of $3,500 per year for two years of graduate study.

The Committee is currently reviewing nominees for the Graduate Council Scholarship. At least six Scholars could be awarded this year. Graduate Council Scholars receive a $12,000 per year stipend for two years and a tuition waiver each quarter. The program is a positive tool for recruiting exceptional graduate students. Additional nominations can still be submitted to SoGS for review in early May.

• Policies Committee (D. Orenstein)

The Committee met on April 13 and on April 20, and discussed and acted upon the following issues:

Change to the “I” Grade Policy: SoGS and the Registrar worked out a plan that the Registrar would accept the grade of Incomplete (“I”) from instructors without them having to also submit a signed Incomplete Grade Agreement. The “I” will change to an “F” after two quarters if not changed earlier by the faculty member. Previously, assigning the grade of “I” was time consuming and resulted in agreements being submitted that were not properly processed. This change provides more flexibility for both the student and the instructor, and will streamline the process for all parties. This change has no effect on Satisfactory Progress (“M”) grades. The Committee recommends the revised “I” grade policy to the Council. It was moved, seconded, and approved unanimously.

Dual-Degree Policy on GPA: When a graduate student completes a degree program, the Registrar resets the GPA. The recommended policy clarifies that for students in approved dual degree programs, the GPA will not be reset until both degrees are complete. This will prevent the student from having a lesser GPA as a result of resetting the GPA before the entire dual–degree program is finished. While the GPA will not be reset until both degrees are awarded, the student must hold a GPA of no less than 3.0 for each degree program with appropriate numbers of credits, in order to graduate with either or both degrees. The recommended policy was moved, seconded, and approved unanimously by the Council.

Graduate Certificate in Technical and Professional Writing: The Department of English Language and Literatures proposes, in effect, to combine two existing graduate certificate programs, Technical Writing and Professional Writing, into one program. It is a 22 quarter hour program, and current students who have earned credit in either of the previous programs can use the credit in the new program if they complete requirements within seven years. This program will serve the same population as the previous two programs, and the combination of the two represents more efficient use of resources and better accommodation of students’ needs. The Committee recommends this new combined certificate program, and it was moved, seconded, and unanimously approved by the Council.

PhD in Biomedical Imaging: A proposal for a PhD in Biomedical Imaging has been initiated by T. Hangartner. It is intended to be interdisciplinary between the existing Biomedical Sciences, Engineering, and Computer Science and Engineering PhD programs drawing on faculty members, courses, and other resources of those programs. It turns out that such a proposal for an interdisciplinary program can have a fast track through the Regents’ approval process based on a Program Development Plan (PDP) only. The idea for this PhD was stimulated by a Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant opportunity in collaboration with a follow-on program to be funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. The HHMI program has as a goal increased collaboration between engineering and biomedical researchers and is also in response to a major push by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to educate more scientists in the medical imaging field. It was considered that internal approval of a Biomedical Imaging PhD would strengthen a proposal to the HHMI program. A PDP for an interdisciplinary Biomedical Imaging PhD program was endorsed by the Policies Committee with the understanding that submission to the Regents’ would depend upon success in garnering external funding and that, in the interim, tracks would be proposed in the existing PhD’s. This strategy had been endorsed by the three participating PhD’s. The program as outlined in the PDP was moved, seconded, and passed unanimously by the Council.

MS in Nursing Concentration in Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL): There are currently seven concentrations in the MS in Nursing program, and the addition of this eighth concentration would produce clinical nurse leaders who will “…champion innovations that improve patient outcomes, ensure quality care, and reduce health care costs.” The CNL concentration integrates emerging nursing science into practice and leads the effort to enhance patient care. The CNL concentration will require the student to complete the CoNH research sequence (a thesis, scholarly project, supervised research project, or research utilization courses). The Committee unanimously approved this new concentration.

Revised Draft Faculty Constitution: A Faculty Constitution was proposed to the Faculty Senate at its April 4 meeting which eliminated Graduate Council and replaced the Council by a Graduate Curriculum and Academic Policies Committee and a Research Council. This proposal was discussed by the Committee and found to be inappropriate. It was noted that no input had been sought from the Council. The Policies Committee unanimously recommended amending the draft constitution document to restore a Graduate Council. D. Orenstein sent a letter to the Faculty President informing him of the Committee’s position along with a rationale for their position.

J Thomas presented a draft amendment which would restore the current Constitution language on the Graduate Council with additions of (1) criteria for an alternate chair of Graduate Council (which had been approved by the Council last year), (2) reference to the Graduate Council Policies Manual, and (3) recommendation for a Graduate Council representative to the Senate Executive Committee. During discussion, it was decided that (3) was not timely and could be considered later. The remainder was proposed, seconded, and passed with one dissenting vote. The amendment is appended.

Membership Committee (J. Petrick)

The Committee met April 21, 2005 and considered and recommended three nominations for full graduate faculty membership and two nominations for adjunct full graduate faculty membership.

The full member nominees are:

Francisco Javier Alvarez-Leefmans, Pharmacology/Toxicology - SoM

Timothy Cope, Neuroscience/Cell Biology/Physiology – SoM/S&M

Carol Loranger, English - CoLA

The adjunct full member nominees are:

Robert Krebs, Environmental Sciences - S&M

John Philbeck, Psychology – S&M

It was moved and seconded that the nominees be approved; the motion passed unanimously.

Research Committee (W. Sellers)

The 2005 Research Incentive Program competition is complete. The Research Initiation component had seven awards for a total of $61,510; the Professional Development component had seven awards for a total of $20,600.

The deadline for Research Challenge Major Collaboration/Infrastructure grant proposals was April 5. Six proposals were received; it is anticipated that awards will be announced in May.

An RFP for Research Challenge Technology Commercialization awards is intended to be released during May.

To date this year, $51.3 million in external grants and contracts has been awarded. As a comparison, last year, $50.5 million was awarded for the entire year.

V. There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:00 p.m.


Amendment to the Draft Constitution

The purpose of the amendment is to reinstate a Graduate Council

  • Delete all references to a Graduate Committee and Research Council

(Article III. Section 8, A; Article III. Section 8.B.2; Article IV. Section 3. A.)

2. Insert the following under Article IV, Section 3, Councils

A. Graduate Council

A Graduate Council shall have the responsibility and authority for graduate faculty membership as well as admission criteria and academic policies that relate to graduate programs and graduate students at Wright State University. The Graduate Council will operate according to a written Policies and Procedures Manual. New graduate degree programs and certificate programs endorsed by the Council will be submitted to the Faculty Senate for approval. The Chair of the Graduate Council will be selected by the Senate Executive Committee and will be the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies or a member of the full graduate faculty for five years, a member of Graduate Council for two years, and a member of the Graduate Council Policies Committee for two years. The Graduate Council will report to the Faculty Senate on at least a quarterly basis on the actions of the Graduate Council and its committees.

This language is equivalent to that in the current constitution with the addition of (1) reference to written policies, (2) language on an alternative chair of Graduate Council which is consistent with language approved by the Graduate Council and recommended by the 2004-05 Quadrennial Review Committee.