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Graduate School

Graduate Council Meeting

February 24, 2003


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

Voting members and alternates present were: G. Alter, J. Belcher, G. Bernhardt, N. Bourbakis, J. Brandeberry, A. Burton, A. Chamberlain, D. Cole, J. Coleman, J. Flach, H. Klein, M. Leffak,
S. McConnell, T. McKee, P. Martin, D. Miller, S. Nelson, D. Orenstein, J. Rudisill, L. Ream, E. Self,
J. Talbott, S. Thomas, J. Thomas (Chair), R. Williams.

Non-voting alternates present were: G. Malicki, J. Runkle, C.Ryan.

Non-voting attendees were: S. Foster, E. Friese, A. Johnson, J. Kimble, N. Klingbeil, H. Limouze.

II. Approval of Minutes:

It was moved and seconded that the minutes of the October 28, 2002 meeting be approved as written. Motion carried unanimously.

Ill. Report of the Dean (J. Thomas)

The Winter Quarter, 2003 enrollment report indicates an increase over Winter Quarter, 2002 of over five percent in total graduate headcount (3,462 total headcount, an increase of 171 students), and an increase of over ten percent in graduate credit hours (21,970 GCH, an increase of2,112 GCH).

The Program Development Plan for a new Master of Public Health (MPH) is currently under review by

The Graduate Council Scholars Program recognizes incoming students with an award consisting of a
$12,000.00 stipend plus a Graduate Tuition Scholarship for up to two years. Applications will be reviewed in early May, 2003 by the Student Affairs Conunittee. There is an accelerated selection process where each department may nominate one student who meets the following criteria: a 3.5 GPA, be in the top 25% in required test scores, or at least a 3.75 GPA. Approximately three of five new awards will be considered on an accelerated basis. Departments should keep the Graduate Council Scholar program in mind for their top students. Nominations should be submitted to Dean Thomas.

IV. Committee Reports

• Policies Committee (C. Ryan)

The Policies Committee reviewed and approved the addition of a non-thesis option to the Aerospace
Medicine Master of Science Program. This change was made to give more flexibility to the program.

The Policies Conunittee reviewed and approved changes to the MBA, Master of Accountancy, and Master of Science in Social and Applied Economics. Primarily, the changes involved moving from a three to a
four credit hour base. In addition, there were some name changes of the MBA concentrations and new concentrations were added. This is discussed in more detail under new business.

The Policies Committee reviewed and recommended to the Graduate Council a proposal for a graduate certificate program in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), proposed by the Department of English Language and Literatures. H. Limouze provided an overview of the program to the Graduate Council. After discussion it was moved and seconded that the certificate program be approved; the motion passed unanimously. The proposal will now be forwarded to the Faculty Senate as new business.
J. Thomas added it to the Faculty Senate's agenda for Monday, March 3, 2003.

•Student Affairs Committee (N. Klingbeil)

The Student Affairs Committee announced their selection for the Ohio Board of Regents Fellowship.  This program consists of a $3500 award for two years for an Ohio college graduate attending a graduate or professional program in Ohio. WSU can nominate two ranked candidates to OBR. The first selection this year is a student applying to Wright State in the Teacher Education Program. The alternate has been accepted to the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. N. Klingbeil also encouraged all departments to nominate students for the Graduate Council Scholars Program.

• Membership Committee (A. Chamberlain)

The Committee brought forward two nominations for full graduate faculty membership and one nomination for adjunct full graduate faculty membership.

The full member nominees are:

Heury Dahlman, Department of Music, College of Liberal Arts and
Steven Higgins, Department of Chemistry, College of Science and Mathematics

The adjunct full member nominee is:

Martin Satter, Department oflnternal Medicine, School of Medicine

It was moved and seconded that the nominees be approved. Motion passed unanimously. V. Research Report (E. Friese)
Sponsored program awards for FY 2003 through January stand at more than $24 million for 340 awards, which is down 2% from last year. Research expenditures, however, a steadier measure of sponsored research activity, are up by 9%.

The Research Council Research Incentive Program proposals were due February 24, 2003. This includes the Research Initiation and Professional Development programs. The Research Initiation awards will be raised to $10,000 this year and Professional Development awards to $3000. Award announcements will be made mid-April, 2003
The Research Challenge Major Collaboration competition has been announced with proposals due March
17, 2003. The Technology Commercialization competition is scheduled for spring quarter, 2003. In addition, the OBR Hayes Investment Fund letters of intent are due March 3, 2003.
Four 3rd Frontier proposals were submitted last week including a Wright Center oflnnovation proposal in Information Technology ($10.7 million), two Biomedical Research and Technology Transfer Partnership proposals ($6 million and $8 million) and a Wright Capital Project Fund proposal ($1.5 million). In addition, WSU is partnering with the University of Cincinnati in a Wright Center/BRTT proposal.

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs has hired Isabelle Gorrillot, D.Sc. as Associate Director and Technology Manager effective January 2003. She is responsible for technology transfer. She should be contacted for questions concerning invention disclosures, patents, copyrights, and licensing.

VI. New Business

R. Williams, Raj Soin College of Business, presented to the council revisions to the MBA Program, the Master of Accountancy Program, and the Master of Science in Social and Applied Economics. The courses in these programs will change from 3 credit hours to 4 credit hours effective Fall Quarter, 2003. This is to accommodate the new class schedule based on four credit hour time blocks. The MBA program will now require 48 credit hours (9 core courses and 3 concentration courses), which is down from the old program requirement of 51 credit hours.

Two new concentrations have been approved within the MBA Program: Flexible Business and Accounting. Three concentrations have been renamed: Management, Innovation and Change (previously Management), Management oflnformation  Technology (previously Management Information Systems), and Supply Chain Management (previously Operations Management).  A concentration in Health Care Management has been reinstated. Finally, five concentrations retain the same name: Project Management, Finance, Economics, Marketing, and International Business.

J Thomas complimented the college on the clarity and completeness of the materials submitted to the
Policies Committee relative to these program changes.

G. Bernhard reported on the progress of the Provost Search. The search committee hopes to have all interviews concluded prior to finals week of Winter Quarter, 2003 and a recommendation the President and Senior Vice President before April, 2003.

VII. Old Business

J. Coleman asked about the status of the Graduate Tuition Scholarship program for 2003-2004. J. Thomas responded that it is status quo with abont a 20% reduction in allocations per college due to previous budget cuts. However, any future budget reductions for this year or next could affect the program. For this year, J. Malicki reported that there were 181 scholarships awarded in Fall Quarter, 2002, and there are 155 awards in Winter Quarter, 2003. New awards have been on hold for Winter and Spring due to budget limitations.

VIII.     There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:05 p.m. Submitted by:

David Orenstein
Secretary, Graduate Council