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Graduate School

Graduate Council Meeting

May 14, 2001


Voting members and alternates present were: J. Brandeberry, C. Carney, D. Curry,J. Gomez-Cambronero, R. Grubbs, R. Koerker, P. Martin, S. McConnell, S. Narayanan,S. Nelson, J. Ovington, L. Ream, C. Ryan, E. Self, W. Shebilske, J. Thomas, L. VandeCreek,A. Wendt

Non-voting alternates present were: None

Non-voting attendees were: M. Filipic, J. Fulton, J. Kimble, G. Malicki, J. Maxwell, W. Sellers


The proposal for a Master of Science degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology was approved by the Ohio Board of Regents on April 19, 2001.

The proposal for a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences was approved by the Faculty Senate and Wright State University Board of Trustees in April 2001. The full proposal will now be submitted to the Ohio Board of Regents.

A degree title change from Master of Urban Administration to Master of Public Administration was approved by the Faculty Senate, and will now be submitted to the Ohio Board of Regents.

A program development plan for a Master of Science degree in Scientific and Technical Communication is being reviewed by RACGS members; the full proposal is presently being developed.

The annual Graduate Student Excellence Awards Presentation is scheduled for Monday, May 21, at 5:00 pm in the Student Union Formal Lounge. Thirty-five outstanding graduate students and five Graduate Council Scholars will be recognized.

Policies Committee (C. Ryan)

Membership Committee (E. Self)

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

The seven full member nominees are:

The adjunct full member nominees are:

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

Student Affairs Committee (J. Fulton)

Grant and contract awards for the period of July 1, 2000 through April 30, 2001 indicate an increase of 5.34 percent over the same period in FY 2000.

The Research Council competition for 2000-01 has been completed. Thirteen Research Initiation Grant proposals were received; six were funded for a total of $47,635. Sixteen Professional Development Grant proposals were received; eight were funded for a total of $19,789.

Technology Commercialization Competition proposals are due June 1. The funding for these proposals is derived from Research Challenge funds. The goals of the competition include developing intellectual property, establishing commercial licenses, and forming start-up companies along with the securing of seed capital.

The Ohio Plan (M. Filipic)

The state of Ohio has concerns about practices at some universities regarding support of graduate students. A potential exists for substantial reallocation of state higher education support funds across institutions. New OBR Principles of Good Practice focus on tuition scholarships and require campus plans to be reviewed by RACGS. At a recent Graduate Scholarship Coordinators meeting, this issue was explained and inputs from the colleges/schools were requested through the coordinators. The coordinators are currently developing plans for their respective programs. The intent of the Tuition Scholarship Program is to increase the quality of students, not the quantity of students. State funding will be constrained in the coming biennium, especially in the second year. Since the state share of instruction funding for FY 2003 will increase by less than one percent and no campus can receive less than the previous year, the formula for computing state support is effectively suspended; therefore, additional enrollments this year will not increase subsidy the following year. Only modest changes in procedures for awarding tuition scholarships are required at Wright State. WSU has not used tuition scholarships to eliminate tuition in graduate programs, but will be required to publish the criteria used to award them.

Electronic Theses and Dissertations (J. Kimble)

In 1997, WSU formed an Electronic Theses and Dissertations Committee; in 1999 an implementation group was active. In 2000, Wright State University’s first electronic thesis was submitted to OhioLink; to date, three have been submitted, and two are in the preparation stage. Transmittal to OhioLink can be either processed by the student or by the School of Graduate Studies. Some advantages of the electronic submission include easy access via the Web; instant retrievability; reduction of storage requirements; possible multimedia applications; introduction of students to electronic scholarship, and savings in resources and money. Students are encouraged to submit theses and dissertations in electronic format. Presently, an ETD is optional, but the process will be mandatory in the not too distant future.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:00 p.m.

  1. The meeting was called to order at 2:30 p.m.
  2. It was moved and seconded that the minutes of the February 19, 2001 meeting be approved as written. Motion carried unanimously.
  3. Report of the Dean (J. Thomas)
  4. Committee Reports
    1. The Policies Committee approved a waiver of seven credit hours for students in the Master of Urban Administration program who complete the Ohio Certified Public Manager (OCPM) certificate program. These students may graduate with 45 credit hours vs. the usual 52 credit hours.
    2. The Policies Committee approved a revision of the Principalship Concentration in the M.Ed. Educational Leadership Program. The revision brings the program into compliance with revised State of Ohio licensure standards.
  5. Abinash Agrawal - Geological Sciences/S&M
    Anna Bellisari - Sociology & Anthropology/CoLA
    Nikolaos Bourbakis - Computer Science & Engineering/EGR&CS
    Nathan Klingbeil - Mechanical and Materials Engineering/EGR&CS
    Paul Lockhart - History/CoLA
    John Sherman - History/CoLA
    Roy Vice - History/CoLA Fritz Schuermeyer - Electrical Engineering/EGR&CS 
    David Yen - Mechanical and Materials Engineering/EGR&CS
  6. The program awards a stipend of $10,000 per year for two years (with tuition waiver provided by the department) to outstanding graduate students nominated by their department, and selected by the Graduate Council Student Affairs Committee. Currently there are five first-year Graduate Council Scholars and three-second year Scholars. A total of six students will be selected for the 2001-2002 academic year; four offers have been made; of the four, three have accepted the offer and one is pending acceptance from the student. The Student Affairs Committee will meet soon to select two additional scholars.

    1. Graduate Council Scholars Program
  7. Research Report (W. Sellers)
  8. Old Business

Submitted by

David Orenstein

Secretary, Graduate Council