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Graduate School

Graduate Council Meeting

May 15, 2000


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

Voting members and alternates present were: K. Ahmad, G. Bernhardt, B. Berra, J. Brandeberry, J. Dombrowski, S. Fraser, J. Fulton, R. Fyffe, R. Gilpin, D. Goldstein, J. Gomez-Cambronero, R. Grandhi, C. Hall, R. Koerker, M. E. Mazey, S. McConnell, D. Orenstein, J. Paietta, E. Self, J. Thomas, L. VandeCreek, D. Weber, A. Wendt, R. Williams

Non-voting alternates present were: B. Hull, S. Nelson, C. Ryan, R. Weisman

Non-voting attendees were: J. Kimble, H. Limouze, G. Malicki, J. Maxwell, W. Sellers, P. Serve, P. Seybold

II. It was moved and seconded that the minutes of the February 14, 2000 meeting be approved as written. The motion carried unanimously.

III. Report of the Dean (J. Thomas)

a. The Graduate Student Excellence Awards Program is scheduled for Monday, May 15, at 5:00 p.m. Thirty-six students selected as outstanding in their degree programs will be honored, along with five Graduate Council Scholars.

  1. Graduate Funding Issues

Dean Thomas reviewed changes in doctoral subsidy approved in 1998 and issues from early 1999 related to support for out-of-state students. The Regents are concerned that enrollment driven subsidy is inappropriate for the graduate level as it promotes increasing enrollments vs. quality and leads to credibility problems with the legislature. A Graduate Funding Commission has been meeting this year to discuss master’s level subsidy. A proposal was put forth to divide master’s programs into two groups, pre-doctoral programs and professional programs, which could be treated separately in regard to funding models. (Subsequently this proposal has been abandoned and other funding modifications are being pursued.)

IV. Committee Reports

  • Policies Committee (P. Seybold)

a. The Committee proposed a Program Development Plan for a Master of Science in Scientific and Technical Communication. This is a joint program between the Colleges of Science and Mathematics and Liberal Arts. The proposal was moved and seconded and approved unanimously. The Faculty Senate and the Board of Trustees will be informed of this Plan and it will then be sent to the Ohio Board of Regents for review by RACGS. The PDP will be followed by a full proposal at a later date. (Attachment I)

b. The Committee next proposed a Program Development Plan for a Master of Science in Teaching degree in Interdisciplinary Science and Mathematics. This will be administered by the College of Science and Mathematics in cooperation with the College of Education and Human Services. The proposal was moved and seconded and approved unanimously. This will follow the same approval route as the above program. (Attachment II)

c. The Committee approved curricular revisions to the Applied Behavioral Science Program in the Criminal Justice and Social Problems track.

d. The Committee approved a new concentration submitted by the College of Education and Human Services: Educational Administrative Specialist (EAS), Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development – Technology. The new concentration was developed to meet the demand for technical personnel in the schools.

  • Student Affairs Committee (J. Fulton)

a. The Committee selected Ida Kuhr, an August 1999 honors Chemistry graduate, as Wright State University’s nominee for the Regents Graduate/Professional Fellowship. Ms. Kuhr plans to attend the Wright State University School of Medicine.

b. Nominations for the Graduate Council Scholars program have been requested. The Student Affairs Committee will review nominations when a pool of candidates is available. Two awards have been approved as part of the accelerated approval process.

  • Membership Committee (E. Self)

a. The Committee brought forward ten nominations for full graduate faculty status and three nominations for adjunct full graduate faculty status. These were moved, seconded, and approved unanimously by the Council.

The ten new full members are:

M. Fall Ainina Finance & Financial Services/CoBA

Bud Baker Management/CoBA

Mark Cordano Management/CoBA

Jeanette Davy Management/CoBA

Travis Doom Computer Science & Engineering/E&CS

Ricardo Gutierrez-Osuna Computer Science & Engineering/E&CS

James Larsen Finance & Financial Services/CoBA

Sidney Miller Surgery/SoM

Robert Sweeney Finance & Financial Services/CoBA

Doyle Watts Geological Sciences/CoSM

The three new adjunct full members are:

Frederick Patterson Biomedical, Industrial, & Human Factors Engineering/E&CS

S. L. Semiatin Mechanical & Materials Engineering/E&CS

Michael Snow Biomedical, Industrial, & Human Factors Engineering/E&CS

b. Both the Membership Committee and Policies Committee recommend a change in the Graduate Faculty policy:

Sec. 2.42A: The Department or Program according to its procedures completes the Graduate Faculty Nomination Form and forwards to the college/school dean.

The intent is to give college committees the right to determine how nominations are received.

The proposal was moved and seconded and approved unanimously.

V. Research Report (W. Sellers)

For the fiscal year-to-date, a total of over $39 million in grant funds have been awarded. Comparing data from April 1999 to April 2000, the dollar amount of awards has increased slightly over 50 percent while the number of awards has remained nearly constant.

The 2000 Research Incentive program has been completed. There are two components. There were eight Research Initiation awards selected from 18 proposals for a total of $61,695, and seven professional development awards selected from 12 proposals for a total of $12,100.

VI. Old Business - Electronic Theses and Dissertations (Jan Maxwell, University Libraries)

The process to convert to electronic theses and dissertations is moving forward with technical support and repository services for the electronic submission process being provided by OhioLink. The Wright State University Library will continue to keep paper copies of theses and dissertations that are filed electronically. Students interested in electronic submission should contact John Kimble, School of Graduate Studies.

VII. Announcements and Adjournment

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

Submitted by,

Robert Fyffe

Secretary, Graduate Council

Attachment I: Master of Science in Scientific and Technical Communication

The College of Science and Mathematics and the College of Liberal Arts propose jointly to offer a Master of Science in Scientific and Technical Communication. Students in the program would take courses in the sciences, in technical writing, and in technical layout and design and would complete an internship experience coupled with a research project. The purpose of the program is to train students to develop scientific and technical documents for a wide range of agencies and corporations. An important component of the program is based on computer usage and the Internet. Enrollment is expected to be 25 to 30 students by the fourth year of the program.

The program would be unique in the State of Ohio. Three other Ohio public universities have Master of Arts programs in technical writing. Ours would be the only Master of Science program in the State and the only one that requires students to take significant in both science and technical writing. There are only 26 programs in technical communication offered nationwide.

Attachment II: Master of Science in Teaching in Interdisciplinary Science and Mathematics

The College of Science and Mathematics in cooperation with the College of Education and Human Services proposes to offer a Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.) in Interdisciplinary Science and Mathematics. The program builds off the current M.S.T. programs in physics and earth science, but unlike these programs, will be aimed primarily at middle school teachers. The proposed curriculum is designed to meet the needs of teachers for coordinated programs in science, mathematics, or integrated science and mathematics. A program of study in one of these emphases will be developed for each incoming student. Each program will consist of 48 credit hours, 36 in science and mathematics and 12 in education.

The M.S.T. program will be aimed primarily at two groups of teachers: (1) teachers with temporary licensure who need sufficient hours to renew their license, and (2) teachers who are currently certified and desire to upgrade their course content background in science and mathematics. The M.S.T. program is expected to enroll 10-15 students each year.

Wright State University has taken a leadership role in the State in science education. There are currently seven science and mathematics educators, five of whom have joint appointments in CoSM and CEHS, whose primary responsibility is the professional development of pre-service and in-service science and mathematics teachers. They are involved in significant long-term leadership roles in statewide initiatives for teacher preparation.