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Graduate School

Graduate Council Meeting

February 14, 2000


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

Voting members and alternates present were: K. Ahmad, G. Bernhardt, B. Berra, J. Brandeberry, J. Dombrowski, J. Fulton, R.Fyffe, R. Grandhi, R. Grubbs, C. Hall, M. Kazimierczuk, R. Koerker, P. Martin, S. McConnell, S. Nelson, J. Ovington, J. Paietta, C. Scordo, E. Self, J. Thomas, L. VandeCreek, D. Weber, R.Weisman, A. Wendt

Non-voting alternates present were: R. Koubek, C. Ryan

Non-voting attendees were: E.Hern, J. Kimble, G. Malicki, V. Montavon, P. Seybold

II. It was moved and seconded that the minutes of the October 11, 1999 meeting be approved as written. Motion carried unanimously.

III. Report of the Dean (J. Thomas)

The Graduate Council Scholars program provides an annual stipend of $10,000 plus a four quarter tuition waiver. Five new awards are anticipated each year, and nominations may be submitted at any time. The Graduate Dean and the Student Affairs Committee Chair may select a maximum of three scholars. To be eligible for early selection, students must possess an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5, score in the upper twenty-five percent on the required admission exam, or possess a GPA of 3.75. Remaining awards will be selected by the Student Affairs Committee when a pool of candidates is available, no later than June 1.

The Graduate Tuition Fellowship program is continuing with a limited budget. Currently there are about 185 students in the program, nearly 150 of them new this year. Allotments for new awards (1/2 the total) per college will be unchanged for next year.

The Graduate Student Excellence Awards Program and Reception is scheduled for Monday, May 15, 2000, at 5:00p.m., in the Formal Lounge, Student Union. Requests for nominations will be circulated the first week of March.

IV. Report on Education Graduate Program Revisions (G.Bernhardt)

Dean Bernhardt presented the Council with details of the changes in the graduate programs of the College of Education and Human Services. The current State of Ohio certification program will be changed to a licensure program. The current elementary and secondary categories are being changed to Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, and Adolescent. In September, 2002 the State will no longer issue any initial teacher certificates, only the new licenses.

Early Childhood students will still pursue a bachelor’s degree in education in preparation for employment and eventual licensure. However, those students intending to be licensed at the Middle Childhood and Adolescent levels will pursue a content-based bachelor’s degree followed by a one year master’s degree (M.Ed).

To accommodate this, a number of new program concentrations and title changes have been submitted to the Policies Committee for review and approval.

V. Committee Reports

  • Policies Committee (P. Seybold)

The committee reviewed and approved the College of Education and Human Services program changes submitted in response to the state-level changes summarized by Dean Bernhardt. The Graduate School will work with the Registrar to implement the changes in regard to major numbers and program titles. A complete listing of the changes is available in the School of Graduate Studies.

The committee reviewed and approved a new concentration in Modern Languages in the M.Ed. Classroom Teacher program. The intent is to provide a degree program to allow language teachers to advance their knowledge of the language they teach. The program will include 24 hours of coursework in modern foreign languages and 24 hours in education. The program is offered in collaboration with the Department of Modern Languages.

The committee reviewed and approved a new School Nurse concentration in the Master of Science in Nursing program. This program is supported by the College of Education and Human Services and is congruent with the school nurse licensure program offered jointly by the two colleges. It will be the only school nurse degree program in the area.

The committee reviewed and recommends approval for a new Master of Science program in Pharmacology & Toxicology. The committee is acting upon the recommendation of a Reading Committee, chaired by C. Ryan, which examined the proposal for the degree in detail. The Reading Committee found it to be a strong proposal, and the few recommended changes have already been made. The proposal was moved and seconded and approved unanimously. The proposal next goes to the Faculty Senate, the WSU Board of Trustees, then to the Ohio Board of Regents. Copies of the full proposal are available in the Graduate Dean’s office and will be made available in the Faculty Office for Faculty Senate review. An Executive Summary is attached to these minutes.

The committee considered and recommends a policy on use of the "M" grade, namely:

The satisfactory ("M") grade will be assigned only to courses that are of a continuing nature such as research and thesis courses. Normally the course number of these courses ends in -_99, such as 799, 899, or 999. The M grade will be removed from the grading format of all non-sequence courses. The School of Graduate Studies and the Registrar’s office will insure that requests for M grades within the grading format will be confined to continuing courses.

The motivation for the policy is that several faculty, as well as the Graduate School, had noted instances in which the M grade was used inappropriately in place of an I grade for non-continuing courses. During discussion, it was emphasized that the motion applies to graduate courses only. The use of the M grade for undergraduate courses was unclear, and C. Holdcraft will follow up on this with the Registrar. The above policy was moved, seconded, and passed unanimously.

  • Student Affairs Committee (J. Fulton)

The committee reviewed one petition for waiver of the 33 hour residency requirement. The petition was denied.

The next meeting of the committee will be to interview candidates and select nominees for the Ohio Board of Regents Graduate and Professional Fellowship Program. This is a two year, $3500 award to a student pursuing advanced studies in an Ohio university. Nominally, there is one award per Ohio undergraduate institution, public and private.

  • Membership Committee (E. Self)

The Committee brought forward five nominations for full graduate faculty status and two nominations for adjunct full graduate faculty status. These were moved, seconded, and approved unanimously by the Council.

The five new full members are:

Jeffrey Allen School of Professional Psychology

Craig Harvey Biomedical, Industrial & Human Factors Engineering/E&CS

Frances Quek Computer Science & Engineering/E&CS

Robert Rando School of Professional Psychology

Javier Stern Pharmacology & Toxicology/SoM

The two new adjunct full members are:

Robert Ewing Electrical Engineering/E&CS

John Rossi Pharmacology & Toxicology/SoM

The chair also mentioned that the committee was reviewing college and departmental procedures for nomination of full members of the graduate faculty.

VI. Research Report (E. Hern)

Fiscal year-to-date figures reveal a 40 percent increase in sponsored projects award dollars. Since the number of awards is nearly flat, the increase represents an increase in award size. While the magnitude of the increase may not be sustained, it is still good news of strong faculty productivity.

VII. Old Business, New Business, Announcements and Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:15 p.m.

Submitted by,

Robert Fyffe

Secretary, Graduate Council

Master of Science in Pharmacology & Toxicology

A new degree program is proposed in Pharmacology and Toxicology that will lead to a Master of Science degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology and will prepare students for careers in industry, government, education, and research organizations or for further professional training. The program will be offered in by the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, School of Medicine, in close cooperation with the U.S. Air Force and Navy Toxicology Laboratories located at Wright-Patterson AFB.

This degree program differs from any other undergraduate major or masters level program currently offered at Wright State University both conceptually and with respect to employment and career options. While some of the concepts inherent to pharmacology and toxicology are introduced in courses offered by the biology and chemistry departments, these presentations have an environmental toxicology and medicinal chemistry focus, respectively, in preparation for distinctly different career paths than is the goal of our program. Furthermore, our program will provide a comprehensive introduction to the broad range of theoretical concepts that comprise the discipline, providing both historical context and state of the art technical approaches to solving pharmacological and toxicological problems. This goal of providing students with a career-oriented yet theoretically based education will be accomplished within the core curriculum through the combination of text and literature based lectures complemented by laboratory instruction and journal club type seminars.

The curriculum will be organized largely around existing coursework in the Pharmacology and Toxicology Department and related disciplines. One new course is proposed (Research Techniques). The M.S. degree will require a research-based thesis with oral thesis defense. A total of 50-quarter credit hours will be required. Of these credits, a minimum of 22-24 hours must be in didactic course work and the remaining 26-28 hours may be in special topics, research and seminars. PHA 990 (Seminar) is required each academic year quarter. Seminar topics will be offered by individual faculty every quarter.

The program will include two tracks for student specialization: Pharmacology or Toxicology.

Common core course requirements would include:

Research Techniques (PHA 700 - 2 Cr.)

Biostatistics (STT 664 - 4 Cr.)

Principles of Biokinetics I (PHA 710 - 4 Cr.)

Principles of Biodynamics II (PHA 750 - 4 Cr.)

Seminar (PHA 990 - 3 Cr.)

Total: 17 Cr.

Toxicology specialization would also include:

Molecular Toxicology (PHA 751 - 4 Cr.)


Total: 4 Cr. + Electives

Pharmacology specialization would also include:

Molecular Pharmacology (PHA 879 - 4 Cr.)


Total: 4 Cr. + Electives

Elective courses are currently available in Biological Sciences and Chemistry, as well as Pharmacology and Toxicology.