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Graduate School

Graduate Council Meeting

May 19, 2003


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

Voting members and alternates present were: J. Belcher, G. Bernhardt, N. Bourbakis, J. Brandeberry, A. Chamberlain, D. Cole, J. Coleman, J. Gomez-Cambronero, R. Grubbs, C. Holdcraft, M. Kazimierczuk, H. Klein, I. Leffak, S. McConnell, T. McKee, D. Orenstein, L. Ream, E. Self, J. Talbott, S. Thomas, J. Thomas (Chair), R. Williams

Non-voting alternates present were: C.Ryan.

Non-voting attendees were: S. Foster, E. Friese, A. Johnson, J. Kimble, N. Klingbeil, R. Schuster, W. Mase

II. Approval of Minutes:

It was moved and seconded that the minutes of the February 24, 2003 meeting be approved as written. Motion carried unanimously.

III. Report of the Dean (J. Thomas)

The Spring Quarter, 2003 enrollment report indicates an increase over Spring Quarter, 2002 of 5.8 percent in total graduate headcount (3,393 total headcount, an increase of 185 students), and an increase of 10.7 percent in graduate credit hours (21,481 GCH, an increase of 2,075 GCH).

The Graduate Student Excellence Awards Program is scheduled for Wednesday, May 21, at 5:00 PM in the Student Union Atrium. Thirty-seven graduate students will be recognized as outstanding in their programs. Five 2002-2003 Graduate Council Scholars will also be recognized.

Dean Thomas presented lists of members of the Policies, Membership, and Student Affairs Committees and the Research Council thanking each for a productive year.

IV. Committee Reports

· Policies Committee (C. Ryan)

The Policies Committee reviewed and approved a new concentration in the Master of Music degree program. The new concentration is in Performance and will be offered in addition to the current concentration in Music Education. D. Orenstein presented an overview of the new concentration to the Graduate Council. The Performance concentration will have emphases in choral and instrumental conducting and instrumental, piano, and vocal performance.

The Policies Committee reviewed and approved a new concentration in the MBA program, an Executive MBA to be offered in China. Initially, two cohorts are planned to begin the program in China during the coming academic year. WSU RSCoB faculty members will travel to China to teach the classes, in sequence in a concentrated format. Additionally, a trial cohort may undertake the program on the WSU campus. R. Williams presented the rationale for the program to include international economic development opportunities for the faculty.

The Policies Committee recommended approval of a new Master of Public Health degree. The full proposal has been reviewed by a Reading Committee with representatives from six colleges and recommended to the Policies Committee. Previously, a Program Development Plan had been reviewed statewide by RACGS providing useful input to the full proposal preparation process. An Executive Summary was distributed to the Graduate Council and is attached to the minutes. R. Schuster, Department of Community Health, presented an overview of the new degree program emphasizing the involvement of the regional public health community. It was moved and seconded that the new program be approved; the motion passed unanimously. The Proposal will now be presented to Faculty Senate, the Board of Trustees, and then to the Ohio Board of Regents.

· Student Affairs Committee (N. Klingbeil)

The Student Affairs Committee announced their selection for the Graduate Council Scholars Program. The Scholars receive a $12,000 stipend and tuition scholarship for up to two years. Two students were selected through the accelerated process and three were selected by the Committee. The selected students are in the following programs: Chemistry, Biomedical, Industrial, and Human Factors Engineering, Classroom Teacher, School of Professional Psychology, and English.

· Membership Committee (R. Grubbs)

The Committee brought forward six nominations for full graduate faculty membership.
The full member nominees are:

Frank Ciarallo, Biomedical, Industrial & Human Factors Engineering, College of Engineering and Computer Science
Raymond Hill, Biomedical, Industrial & Human Factors Engineering, College of Engineering and Computer Science
Cheryl Meyer, School of Professional Psychology
Brenda Mobley, School of Professional Psychology
John Rudisill, School of Professional Psychology
LaPearl Winfrey, School of Professional Psychology

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

V. Research Report (E. Friese)

As of April 2003, external funding has increased $1.6 million dollars since July 2002.

The Research Council Research Incentive Program funded three Research Initiation proposals for a total of $30,000 and eight Professional Development proposals for a total of $22,449. Results of the Major Collaboration grants are due soon. Technology Commercialization grant proposals are under review.

Letters of Intent for "Third Frontier" proposals (Ohio Biomedical Research Technology Partnership awards, Wright Centers of Innovation, dual BRTT/WCI, and Ohio Eminent Scholars Program) for FY 2004 are due June 6, 2003.

The Ohio Board of Regents Hayes Investment Fund proposals for 2003-04 are due June 9, 2003. Wright State is listed as a partner on nine final proposals.

New Facilities and Administrative (F & A) cost rates are effective July 1, 2003 through June 30, 2007, as follows:
on campus research: 43.5%, off campus research: 26%, on campus other sponsored activities: 28%, off campus other sponsored activities: 21%.

The Research and Sponsored Programs New Faculty Orientation is scheduled for October 23, 2003.

VI. New Business

J. Kimble presented the concept of converting the Graduate Catalogue to an electronic format effective with the 2004-2006 catalogue. Each college/school dean was requested to delegate a representative to offer input to this concept. The catalogue will be up-dated on a quarterly basis, as needed. A limited number of hard copies will be available. The change to an electronic format will be more cost effective than hard copies. J. Coleman commented that catalogs will still need to be available for a particular date to review student degree requirements. This will be done. G. Bernhardt asked if this increased the college workload? J. Thomas responded that the work to implement changes is simply spread out over the nominal two-year catalog period.

VII. There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:15 p.m.