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Graduate School

Graduate Council Meeting

February 19, 2001


Voting members and alternates present were: G. Alter, C. Carney, R. Gilpin, K. Glaus,R. Grubbs, C. Holdcraft, R. Koubek, B. Mathies, S. Narayanan, S. Nelson, J. Ovington,R. Premus, L. Ream, E. Self, J. Thomas, A. Wendt.

Non-voting alternates present were: R. Nelson

Non-voting attendees were: A. Burton, M. Filipic, J. Kimble, G. Malicki, V. Montavon,W. Sellers

Dean Thomas introduced Matthew Filipic, Vice-President for Business and Fiscal Affairs.

New Program Actions:

The proposal for a Master of Science in Pharmacology and Toxicology will be presented to the Ohio Board of Regents’ Advisory Committee on Graduate Studies on February 23.

The proposal for a Master of Science in Teaching in Interdisciplinary Science and Mathematics has been approved by the Regents’ Advisory Committee on Graduate Studies, the Faculty Senate, and the WSU Board of Trustees.

The title change from Master of Urban Administration to Master of Public Administration has been approved by the Faculty Senate and the WSU Board of Trustees; approval by the Regents’ Advisory Committee on Graduate Studies is required.

The program development plan for a Master of Science in Scientific and Technical Communication has been reviewed state-wide; the full proposal is being developed.

The program development plan for a Ph.D. in Environmental Science has been reviewed state-wide. The full proposal is on today’s agenda.

Graduate Council Scholars’s Program

Nominations for the fellowship should be forwarded to Dean Thomas. The award consists of a $10,000 stipend and tuition for up to two years of graduate study. Each program may nominate one student; the student nominee must possess a 3.5 GPA and be in the top 25 percentile of test score or possess a 3.75 or better GPA.

Graduate Student Excellence Awards Program

The annual program is scheduled for May 21, 2001, at 5:00 p.m., in the Student Union Formal Lounge.

Policies Committee (L. Ream)

Membership Committee (E. Self)

The Committee brought forward four nominations for full graduate faculty membership and two nominations for full graduate faculty status.

The four full member nominees are:

Ernest Hauser - Geological Sciences/S & M
Phan Loi - Mathematics & Statistics/S & M
Susann Mathews -  Mathematics & Statistics/S & M
Thaddeus Tarpey -  Mathematics & Statistics/S & M

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

M. Filipic introduced and discussed best practices for tuition scholarships.

State funding and graduate student support.

State funding for instruction:

different models each funded at a different rate – only Ohio residents are counted on undergraduate level; all students are counted on graduate levels

Doctoral funding being uncoupled from models.

1965-80: formula largely determined state funding for higher education. As enrollments and costs increased, so did higher education funding.

Since about 1980: formula has generally been used to allocate predetermined amount of state support among the various public institutions. Also since about 1980, the state has been unwilling to peg its support to the calculations of the formula.

Groping for a policy – tuition scholarships = statement of best practices. Can use "tuition forgiveness" to stimulate graduate enrollments. We believe that WSU’s policies are consistent with the plan. Tuition paid by a grant account is not a problem to cost-share. Tuition Fellowship Program – we are very close to state norms, so not much change is required.

Extramural funding (including research and non-research) for FY 2000 total $45M to-date. In comparison, extramural funding for FY 1995 totaled $25M.

Cumulative grant and contract awards to date for FY 2001 total over $30M.

The proposal deadline for the Research Incentive competition is March 2. There are two components to the competition: Research Initiation and Professional Development. Priority rankings are to be submitted to Research and Sponsored Programs by March 16; awards will be announced prior to April 13.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:50 p.m.

  1. The meeting was called to order at 2:35 p.m.
  2. The minutes of the November 20, 2000 meeting were reviewed. There were no questions or comments, and it was moved and seconded that the minutes be approved. Motion carried unanimously.
  3. Report of the Dean (J. Thomas)
  4. Committee Reports

    A reading committee was created to address any issues with the proposal. The proposal was approved by the Policies Committee and recommended for approval to the Graduate Council. As there were no questions, it was moved and seconded that the proposal be approved. Motion passed unanimously. The proposal will now be forwarded to Faculty Senate for approval at the March meeting.

    1. MBA concentration in E-Commerce approved
    2. Ph.D. in environmental science
  5. State Graduate Funding Commission
    1. tied to moving average enrollments
    2. different amounts for different models (courses grouped by level and discipline)
    3. Amounts based on average cost per FTE (not marginal costs)
      formula in place since 1965
  6. Research Report (W. Sellers)

Submitted by

David Orenstein

Secretary, Graduate Council