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Graduate School

Graduate Council Meeting

November 20, 2000


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

Voting members and alternates present were: G. Alter, J. Brandeberry, P. Chen, D. Curry, J. Dombrowski, J. Flach, D. Goldstein, R. Grubbs, J. Jean, B. Mathies, M. E. Mazey, J. Myers, D. Orenstein, W. Pammer, R. Premus, L. Ream, E. Self, J. Thomas, L. VandeCreek, A. Wendt

Non-voting attendees were: E. Friese, J. Kimble, G. Malicki, V. Montavon, P. Serve

II. The minutes of the October 16, 2000 meeting were reviewed. There was one correction to the minutes as written - to add a name omitted from the list of attendees. There were no other questions or comments, and it was moved and seconded that the minutes be approved. Motion carried unanimously.

III. Report of the Dean (J. Thomas)

Graduate Student Support: The Fall 2000 enrollment report indicates that 1,138 students are enrolled full-time in graduate programs. Of this total, 636 students receive support: 460 students are GTA's, GRA's or GA's, eight are Graduate Council Scholars, and 168 receive Graduate Tuition Fellowships. Additional students receive support from the DAGSI program and federal sources including loans.

Graduate Council Scholars: Dr. Thomas presented the Council with the selection process for the Graduate Council Scholars program. To be eligible for accelerated selection, a student must possess a GPA of 3.50 or better and test scores above the 75th percentile. The fellowship provides a $10,000 stipend; typically, five new fellowships are awarded per year. Currently, there are five new Graduate Council Scholars (one student is receiving a supplement to a DAGSI award), and four continuing Graduate Council Scholars.

Ohio Board of Regents: The Ohio Board of Regents' Advisory Committee on Graduate Studies (RACGS) approved Wright State's proposal for a Master of Science in Teaching (MST) in Interdisciplinary Science and Mathematics Program on October 27 based on an accelerated process for interdisciplinary programs. Presently, the Master of Science in Pharmacology and Toxicology full proposal is in the review process as are the Program Development Plans for a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Master of Science in Scientific and Technical Communication. A reading committee was appointed for the Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences proposal. The Committee will make recommendations to the authors of the proposal; the proposal will then be reviewed by the Policies Committee, the Graduate Council, the Faculty Senate, and the Board of Trustees.

IV. Committee Reports

Policies Committee (D. Orenstein)

a. The Committee discussed with H. Limouze a proposal for a new scheduling grid for classrooms. No negative effects on graduate course scheduling were identified.

b. The Committee discussed and approved a new International and Comparative Politics concentration in the Applied Behavioral Sciences M.A. program.

c. The Committee discussed and approved a new Career, Technical, and Adult Education concentration in the Classroom Teacher M.Ed. program

d. The Program Development Plan for a MST in Interdisciplinary Science and Mathematics was approved by Graduate Council in May 2000 and submitted to RACGS. Based upon an accelerated approval process for interdisciplinary programs, this new degree was fully approved by RACGS. The Policies Committee re-reviewed the Program Development Plan and recommended approval of the new degree to Graduate Council. It was moved and seconded that the new MST program be approved. Motion passed unanimously.

e. A proposal to change the title of the Master of Urban Administration program to Master of Public Administration was discussed by the Committee and recommended to Graduate Council for approval. This title change was moved, seconded, and unanimously approved by the Council. The latter two actions will now move to the Faculty Senate for approval

Membership Committee (E. Self)

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

The four full member nominees are:

Thomas Brown - Physiology & Biophysics/SoM
Susan Carrafiello - History/CoLA
D. Drew Pringle - Health, Phys Ed & Rec/Ed & HS
Farhad Sahiar - Community Health/SoM

The adjunct full member nominees are:

Peter Bycio - Psychology/S & M
Robert Tett - Psychology/S & M

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

VI. Research Report (E. Friese)

Grants and contracts awarded from July 01, 2000 through October 31, 2000 total nearly $23 million, slightly ahead of last year's record total. Since the Graduate Council meeting of October 16, 2000, the University has received approximately $7 million in funding, including a $1.4 million DoD supplement for the study of low-level chemical toxicity. Basic research accounts for 63% of the grants and contracts awarded.

Research and Sponsored Programs recently concluded the paper submission portion of the American Heart Association competition. This is the first year for the AHA to offer electronic submission, which some PI's utilized.

The deadline for submitting DAGSI proposals is December 15. Wright State is participating in 29 of the invited proposals out of a total of 42 in either a lead or partner capacity. Approximately 20 awards are anticipated.

Several proposals are expected to be submitted to the Ohio Department of Development's Technology Action Fund, which emphasizes economic development; the deadline is December 15.

VII. New Business

V. Montavon reported that the Paul Laurence Dunbar Library will become a patent and trademark repository library effective January 2001. The Dunbar Library is the 88th library in the country to have this feature, and Ohio, with six such libraries in the state, ranks second in the country after Texas. The collection will offer information on all of some 6 million patents dating from 1790 and on all of some 2.4 million trademarks dating from 1871. A large part of the collection is expected to be in place by January 2001, and the entire collection by 2002. The patent and trade repository will be located on the second floor of the Paul Laurence Library.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:30 p.m.

Submitted by,

David Orenstein

Graduate Council Secretary