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Graduate School

Graduate Council Meeting

February 25, 2008


I. The meeting was called to order at 2:38 p.m.

Voting members and alternates present were: G. Alter, A. Chamberlain, D. Cipollini, R. Dodge, J. Dombrowski, M. Emmert, K. Engisch, D. Ketcha, N. Klingbeil, P. Martin, M. Miller, S. Narayanan, S. Nelson, J. Petrick, L. Ream, M. Rucker, J. Rudisill, T. Sudkamp, C. Sulentic, J. Thomas (Chair), L. VandeCreek, D. Voss, R. Wantz, D. Weber, A. Wendt, R. Williams, E. Wolf

Non-voting alternates and other attendees were: J. Bantle, K. Bullinger, M. Cronenwett, B. Gray, J. Kimble, G. Malicki, E. Reinsch-Friese, C. Ryan; invited Graduate Council Scholars: Robert Brownfield, Jennifer Lotz, Lindsey Smith

II. Approval of Minutes

It was moved and seconded that the minutes of the October 22, 2007 meeting be approved as written. Motion carried unanimously.

III. Report of the Dean (J. Thomas)

J. Thomas reported that enrollment for winter quarter 2008 was 3391up 0.5% over winter 2007. We have experienced nearly flat headcount enrollment over the past five years. Credit hours have, however, shown a sustained increase, up 33.3% over the past six years. Winter 2008 credit hours are up 3.3% over winter 2007 at 26,470, apparently the largest number of graduate credit hours in the history of Wright State University.

In fall quarter 2007, we had 527 total graduate assistants, 14 fewer than in fall quarter 2006. One feature worth noting is a decrease of 60 international graduate assistants with a nearly equal (46) increase in domestic graduate assistants.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice, a joint degree between Wright State and the University of Toledo, was approved by the Chancellor in December, 2007. This program is already underway, with the first class being held the week of February 18, 2008. The initial cohort has 13 students.

The M.S. in Leadership Development was approved by the Faculty Senate in January and the WSU Trustees in February, and the full proposal will now be sent to RACGS.

Wright State currently has three Program Development Plan’s under review by RACGS. For two of these, the MSE in Renewable and Clean Energy and the Master of Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship, full proposals are being considered today. The third a Ph.D. proposed by the College of Education and Human Services is being reviewed by a Reading Committee.

A new Master of Clinical Psychology is proposed as part of the Psy.D. program. Since WSU has doctoral degree authority now, this seems closer to a degree designation change than a new degree. This master’s degree would allow students the opportunity to be eligible for internships and other financial aid, which are not currently available to them. There are also three degree title changes in process.

In regard to graduate certificates, in November 2007 the Faculty Senate approved the certificate in Lean-Ergonomics for Manufacturing. A graduate certificate, Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, will be considered today.

The Graduate Council Scholars program was summarized. For 2008-09, the minimum stipend will be $13,000. This year we have eleven Graduate Council Scholars, eight of whom are first year and three in their second year. These scholarships are awarded to top students with this year’s students’ average GPA at 3.9. This year’s scholars have been invited to this meeting to be recognized and join in a reception to follow the meeting. Please welcome them.

IV. Committee Reports

* Policies Committee (L. Ream)

The Policies Committee met three times since the last Graduate Council meeting and discussed and acted on six items.

A full proposal for an M.S. in Engineering in Renewable and Clean Energy was moved and seconded. This program is a collaboration between Wright State, the University of Dayton and AFIT. The current title is a change from Alternative Energy at the PDP stage. The motion was approved unanimously and the proposal will go forward to the Faculty Senate.

Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Ph.D. program has requested approval of formal program tracks. Since the program’s inception, there have always been specific areas if research, training, and expertise that the BMS students have followed. This proposal is a request to formalize these tracks by designating them as areas of concentration and putting the appropriate track on the BMS student’s academic transcript. The new tracks are: (1.) Integrated Systems Biology; (2.) Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology; (3.) Neuroscience and Physiology; and (4.) Structural and Quantitative Biology. The addition of these tracks to the academic record was approved by the Policies Committee. No further action is required.

A full proposal for a Master of Engineering, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship was moved and seconded. This program will be offered jointly by the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the Raj Soin College of Business. The motion was approved unanimously and the proposal will go forward to the Faculty Senate.

An abbreviated proposal for a Master of Clinical Psychology (Psy.M.) was moved and seconded. This degree will provide a “midstream” degree opportunity only for students matriculated in SoPP’s Psy.D. program. Students enter the Psy.D. Program with either a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Agencies are increasingly requiring a master’s degree for internships and other forms of financial aid, thus the need for the master’s program. The motion was approved unanimously and the proposal will go forward to the Faculty Senate.

The Policies Committee reviewed curricular revisions in the CSE graduate programs regarding dissertation committee requirements, Ph.D. comprehensive exams, and the use and interpretation of GRE scores. Since these revisions were curricular changes to existing graduate programs only, the Policies Committee approved the changes, and no further approval action is necessary.

A proposal for a graduate certificate entitled Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner was moved and seconded. This is a post-masters certificate needed for certification. The motion was approved unanimously and the proposal will go forward to the Faculty Senate.

* Membership Committee (J. Petrick)

The Committee met and considered and recommended thirteen nominations for full graduate faculty status nominations and sixteen nominations for adjunct full graduate faculty status.

The full member nominees are:

Riad Ajami MGT/RSCoB
Yuqing Chen Math/CoSM
Kuan-Lun Chu EE/CECS
Jason Deibel Physics/CoSM
Joseph Eisenhauer Econ/RSCoB
Amirabbas Farajian MME/CECS
Chad Hammerschmidt EES/CoSM
Hong Huang MME/CECS
Juliusz Kozak Phys/BSoM/CoSM
Suzanne Lunsford Chem/CoSM
Marvin Miller BIE/CECS
James Munch MKT/RSCoB
Xiaodong Zhang EE/CECS

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

The adjunct nominees are:

Anthony Arment BioSci PhD/CoSM
Michael Blum ES PhD/CoSM
Brad Bryant EE/CECS
Hailiang Dong ES PhD/CoSM
Dean Eklund MME/CECS
Christopher Gillen ES PhD/CoSM
Christopher Hale BIE/CECS
J. Patrick Megonigal ES PhD/CoSM
Leonid Polyak ES PhD/CoSM
Gregory Reich MME/CECS
Timothy Ross EE/CECS
Michael Shelley ES PhD/CoSM
George Sugihara ES PhD/CoSM
Jaimie Tiley MME/CECS
Eric Tuegel MME/CECS

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

* Research Committee (E. Reinsch-Friese)

Awards for this year are $10M ahead of last year. 518 proposals have been submitted, which is 30 more than last year at this time.

Research Council will meet February 27, 2008 to review applications for the Research Incentive Program. Fifteen applications were received for Research Initiation Grants and 18 applications for Professional Development Grants with maximum awards of $10,000 and $3,000, respectively. Faculty who are selected will be notified next week. Research Travel Grants are currently suspended with hopes to bring travel back next fiscal year.

A Grants.gov Workshop will be presented Tuesday, March 25. Electronic reminders will be sent and details will be presented in Research News. Contact Jackie Frederick (ext. 2664) to RSVP.

A Funding Opportunities Workshop is offered every quarter, the next to be presented on Thursday, March 27, 2008.

RSP is also offering a Proposal Writing Workshop on May 6 and a Scholarly Writing Workshop on
May 7. The presenter is Bob Lucas, who has presented many popular sessions at WSU.

Wright State’s current F&A Rate agreement expires 6/30/09. We are in the process of selecting a consultant to assist with the new rate calculation. The research rate may increase, in part due to new buildings.

V. Old Business

* Research Scholars Program (J. Bantle)

A basic need of the Research Scholars Program is to supply scholars with appropriate equipment, and form them into “research clusters.” We need to bring in people with national reputations to build the program. This would require $150M: $75M in capital, $52M in endowments for scholars, and the rest in operating funds. The Chancellor has $25M additional that is expected to be made available.

43 letters of intent were originally submitted to the OBR Chancellor and, after review by Universities, 23 were finalized as to meeting requirements. These are to be reviewed by the National Academy of Science. Wright State is a partner in at least 9 of these (4 as lead institution and 5 as trailing institution), so we have a good chance of being a recipient. We will need $30M in order to match funds and remain competitive. We expect to hear by May 20 if we are funded or not.

VI. Student Affairs Committee (B. Gray)

B. Gray stated the Student Affairs Committee will meet this week to select Wright State’s nominee for The Regents Graduate/Professional Fellowship for 2008.

The 2007-2008 Graduate Council Scholars were introduced to Council. B. Gray stated that these students were selected from a group of exceptional students, making this a difficult decision, but that it is good to have this caliber of students to select from.

VII. Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 3:21 p.m., followed by a reception for the Graduate Council Scholars.