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Graduate School

Graduate Council Meeting

January 29, 2007


I. The meeting was called to order at 2:35 p.m.

Voting members and alternates present were:  G. Alter, K. Bennett, G. Bernhardt, N. Bourbakis, K. Bullinger, A. Chamberlain, D. Cipollini, R. Dodge, J. Dombrowski, C. Holdcraft, N. Klingbeil, J. Petrick, T. Rafferty, J. Rudisill, C. Ryan, V. Shalin, J. Sherman, T. Sudkamp, C. Sulentic, C. Taylor,

J. Thomas (Chair), L. VandeCreek, P. Vermeersch, D. Voss, L. Weinstein, R. Williams, E. Wolf

Non-voting alternates and other attendees were: D. Ketcha, R. Wantz, J. Bantle, B. Gray, S. Foster, J. Kimble, G. Malicki, W. Sellers

II. Approval of Minutes

It was moved and seconded that the minutes of the October 16, 2006 meeting be approved as written.  Motion carried unanimously.

III. Report of the Dean (J. Thomas)

Winter quarter 2007 graduate headcount decreased by 5.9 % from winter 2006 but is still up 6.7% over a five year period.  Graduate credit hours continue to be up by almost 30 % over a five-year period.  The number of GA’s and those awarded Graduate Tuition Scholarships has increased to about 690 students.

We are in the midst of a National Research Council (NRC) Survey of Research Doctoral Programs, a very important national study, especially for program evaluation and visibility.  This comes around every decade or so, with the last one was in 1995.  Several surveys are involved in which approximately 120 faculty members from four doctoral programs will be asked to participate: BMS, CSE, Engr, and HF/IO Psychology.  Env Science is not being evaluated, as the program has not had graduates.

J. Thomas introduced Dr. Jack Bantle, Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, who came on board January 2.  Dr. Bantle comes to Wright State from Ohio University with a background in the biological sciences area.  Dr. Bantle stressed the importance of linking research, scholarship and graduate studies in order to improve our ratings for a stronger and more robust program. J. Thomas will continue as Graduate Dean.

It is again time to consider the Graduate Council Scholars Program, for which SoGS provides $12,000 toward a fellowship plus a tuition scholarship.  This program is to be used to recruit outstanding new students.

IV. Committee Reports

·                     Policies Committee (J. Thomas for L. Ream)

The Committee met January 10 and January 24, 2007 and discussed and acted upon the following issues:

CEHS Department of Teacher Education requested a change in the “Classroom Teacher: General” degree title to “Classroom Teacher: Advanced Studies.”  Students could emphasize a variety of content areas.  Originally, at the January 10 meeting, it was proposed that the content area would be listed on the transcript, and the proposal was tabled for further input from the colleges.  In the interim, CEHS modified its request to not list the content area on the transcript and, at the January 24 meeting, the proposed title change was approved unanimously.

CEHS also requested a degree concentration change from M.Ed. Classroom Teacher: Career, Technical, and Adult Education: Vocational Teacher Licensure to M.Ed. Classroom Teacher: Career and Technical Education.  This was approved by the Committee.

A proposal to amend the current transfer credit policy for masters’ degree candidates was recommended to the Council.  It is proposed that an individual, or the spouse or dependent child of an individual, who has moved to the Dayton region within the past year to accept full-time, self-sustaining employment and who had been an active degree candidate at an institution near the previous employment location, may transfer, with program approval, up to one-half the total number of credits required for the Wright State degree (vs. the current limit of 12 credits) from the institution at which they were most recently enrolled as a degree candidate.  Such transfer credit is subject to all other requirements of this policy.  This was intended to facilitate the move to Dayton of individuals filling high value job slots, particularly those related to the recent BRAC process.  The language proposed mirrors language in the Administrative Code on qualifying for payment of resident tuition.  Following discussion, the Council tabled this proposal until the April meeting in order to allow discussion within College committees.

A proposal to amend the transfer credit policy for Ph.D. candidates who move to Wright State along with a major professor was recommended to the Council.  It is proposed that such students must complete a least 45 credit hours toward the Ph.D. at Wright State University (vs. the current 90 cr. hr.).  At least one Wright State faculty member, in addition to the major advisor, should be added to the student’s dissertation committee.  The dissertation committee, or a program level committee if specified by the program by-laws, will approve a Program of Study for the student which, among other requirements, clearly specifies any examinations which must be completed.  All other requirements remain the same.  The purpose of the change is to recognize the difference in program continuity when a transfer student retains the same major professor and to facilitate the recruitment of senior faculty.  Essentially, if such a student has less than a year to graduate, the student should graduate from the original university.  The Council approved the proposal unanimously.

The next item addressed criteria for full membership in the graduate faculty.  It is proposed that distinguished full-time Wright State University research staff members who meet all requirements for full membership except for title and rank may be appointed as full members of the graduate faculty. Also, full members of the graduate faculty lose their status when they no longer have any full time or emeritus affiliation with Wright State University.  Following discussion the proposals were approved unanimously with the elimination of the full-time restrictions.

The Committee also recommended a request for a master’s degree title change from Physiology and Biophysics to Physiology and Neuroscience, which reflects the shift in faculty interests and curriculum associated with this program.  The title change is supported by the Department of Psychology which has a significant neuroscience capability.  Following discussion, the Council unanimously approved this title change.  J. Thomas stated that the change requires further approval by the Ohio Board of Regents which is straightforward unless the change is interpreted as creating a new program.

·                     Membership Committee (J. Petrick)

The Committee met January 22, 2007 and considered and recommended 3 nominations for full graduate faculty membership and 3 nominations for adjunct full graduate faculty membership.

The full member nominees are:

Mark Anstadt                            Surgery/SoM

Yan Liu                                    BIE/EGR&CS

Joseph Shang                            EE/EGR&CS

The adjunct full nominees are:

Michael Bryant                         EE/EGR&CS

Thomas Hartrum                       CSE/EGR&CS

Michael Talbert                         CSE/EGR&CS

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

·                     Student Affairs Committee (B. Gray)

The Student Affairs Committee met on January 25, 2007 to discuss the Regents’ Graduate and Professional Fellowship Program.  The program awards $3500 per year for two years of study to undergraduate students who will begin a graduate program in Ohio.  This is a very competitive program which normally considers only those students who obtain the very highest GPAs.  The Committee will interview applicants in February and submit two students to the OBR before the March 1, 2007 deadline. Our top nominee normally receives an award.

It is also time to consider the Graduate Council Scholars program.  The program awards fellowships of at least $12,000 plus tuition for up to two years.  It is expected that 5-6 new Scholars will be selected for fall 2007.  There is an accelerated selection process for early offers followed by Committee selection of any additional candidates in early May.  The program is intended to help recruit outstanding new graduate students.

·                     Research Committee (W. Sellers)

Wright State is on track to receive more than $60M million this year in new externally funded awards.  Last years total was $64.4 million.

Research Challenge has three competitions throughout the year.  The fall quarter Early Start/Augmentation competition is complete with 16 awards totaling $300,000 across six colleges/schools.

Research Challenge funds received by Wright State from OBR are based on Wright State grant research expenditures (not awards).  Faculty PI’s often delay spending external grant monies.  When grant expenditures lag budgeted expenditures, Research Challenge funds have been grow more slowly.

A request for proposals for the Research Council Research Incentive Program will be announced soon with a due date of February 23, 2007.  The Research Incentive Program consists of two competitions, Research Initiation with a request limit of $10,000 and Professional Development with a limit of $3000.  Guidelines are posted on the RSP web site.

There are also funds available for research travel.  This is a continuing program without any deadline.  Guidelines pertaining to Research Travel Awards are also available on the RSP web site.

V. Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:45 p.m.