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Graduate School

Graduate Council Meeting

October 22, 2007


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

Voting members and alternates present were: A. Chamberlain, G. Bernhardt, D. Cipollini, D. Cole,
D. Curry, R. Dodge, M. Emmert, K. Engisch, B. Farmer, R. Grandhi, B. Jang, D. Ketcha, N. Klingbeil,
P. Martin, S. Narayanan, S. Nelson, J. Petrick, T. Rafferty, L. Ream, M. Rucker, T. Sudkamp, C. Taylor, J. Thomas (Chair), L. VandeCreek, D. Voss, D. Weber, A. Wendt, R. Williams, E. Wolf

Non-voting alternates and other attendees were: J. Bantle, K. Bullinger, J. Champagne, M. Cronenwett,
J. Kimble, G. Malicki, M. Miller, C. Ryan, W. Sellers, C. Sulentic, K. Wilhoite

II. Approval of Minutes

It was moved and seconded that the minutes of the April 23, 2007 meeting be approved as written. Motion carried unanimously.

III. Invited Comments

Thomas Sudkamp, a Graduate Council member serving this year as Faculty President, pointed out that not only is this the 40th Anniversary of Wright State University, this is also the 40th Anniversary of Graduate Programs which began with 355 students and has grown to over 4,000 students today. He stated the Graduate School office is instrumental in this growth, along with J. Thomas promoting new programs to the State Board of Regents. As Faculty President, he thanked them for their work. He further stated that the goal of Graduate Council is to maintain the quality of these programs.

T. Sudkamp asked for a volunteer to be Marshall at the November 17, 2007 Commencement as he cannot serve both as Marshall and as Faculty President.

IV. Report of the Dean (J. Thomas)

J. Thomas listed three standing committees, Policies, Membership. and Student Affairs, and their members. A fourth, Research Council, may be restructured.

Fall enrollment headcount is 3,439, which does not include the M.D. and Psy.D. programs. We have experienced flat headcount enrollment over the past five years. However, graduate credit hours are up about 18%, over this period indicative of having more full time students.

With electronic submission of theses and dissertations becoming mandatory beginning fall 2006, we received about 170 ETD over the past year, a large increase from the 30 received at the previous year. This has been a very smooth transition. Students should be encouraged to attend the Thesis and Dissertation Workshop which will be presented by Graduate Studies on October 30. Faculty supervisors are also invited.

An update on the Ohio Board of Regents’ is that they are no longer the deciding body in approving new degree programs and related changes. Those decisions are now made by the Chancellor.

Program Development Plans for the Ph.D. in Sustainable Renewal in the Helping Professions and the M.S. in Leadership Development are under review by RACGS.

J. Thomas reviewed the procedure for approval of new graduate programs. This involves the originating college, the Graduate Council, the Faculty Senate, and the WSU Trustees. It is a lengthy procedure complicated by overlapping committee meeting schedules. The Faculty Senate Executive Committee agreed to one simplification by agreeing to schedule full proposals for new business once they have been approved by the Policies Committee as long as the Graduate Council acts before the Senate meeting at which they come up for a vote as old business. This will help streamline the process. Each College has its own approval process and will be asked to submit that process to J. Thomas for review.

L. Ream was nominated to serve as Graduate Council Secretary and was unanimously approved.

V. Invited Comments

J. Bantle, VPRGS, spoke about the mandated Strategic Plan for Higher Education in Ohio being developed by the Chancellor which should evolve by next March. He also emphasized the need to recruit quality graduate students to support faculty research... We might be able to build on DAGSI and STEM scholarships, which would allow us the opportunity to bring on more students. We need to bring in students from other parts of the United States and the world.

VI. Committee Reports

* Policies Committee (L. Ream)

Since the last Graduate Council meeting, the Policies Committee met May 29, October 9 and October 17, 2007 and discussed and acted upon the following ten items:

At its May 29 meeting, the Committee approved changes in the Library Media Concentration in the M.Ed. Classroom Teacher. Some required courses changed and a new Library Media License was added. Licensure requires an additional 12 credits beyond the 48-49 credit hour degree.

Also at the May meeting, the Mechanical and Materials Engineering Dept. proposed new concentrations in “Alternative Energy” in both the Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering master’s programs. These were to be in anticipation of a new master’s degree. Following discussion, the Committee approved the new concentrations.

At the October 9 meeting, the Committee discussed a proposal from the College of Liberal Arts to formalize Dual Degree Programs between the MPA and the M.A. in International and Comparative Politics. These would be first and second master’s degrees in either order. Since the proposed degree requirements exceeded 45 and 33 credit hours for the first and second degrees respectively, no approval was required.

The Raj Soin College of Business proposed a curriculum change in the Master of Accountancy. The change involved adding an Ethics course to the core and decreasing the elective component accordingly. This was approved unanimously.

The Dept of Earth and Environmental Sciences has requested a title change from M.S. Geological Sciences to M.S. Earth and Environmental Science. This follows on similar changes in the department name, undergraduate degrees and course prefixes. This was approved by the Committee. It is unclear from our policies if this requires a vote of the Council or can be approved by Policies. A motion was made that Graduate Council approve the title change. This was seconded and given unanimous approval.

For similar reasons, plus to better reflect faculty interests, the Department of Biomedical, Industrial, and Human Factors Engineering requests a title change from M.S. in Engineering in Human Factors Engineering to M.S.E. in Industrial and Human Factors Engineering. A motion for approval was made and Council approved unanimously.

These two title changes need to go to the RACGS for approval to modify the degree authority. It is possible that they may be considered new programs, in which case a proposal may be required.

Following the approval of new degree tracks last May, at its October meeting, the Committee considered a Program Development Plan for a separate M.S.E. in Alternative Energy. This is the first of two stages in the State approval process. The degree would be the first in this subject area in the state and is to be collaborative with UD and AFIT following the DAGSI model. Following discussion and with some changes, the Committee voted to recommend approval of the PDP. A motion to approve was made and seconded and approval was unanimous.

A second Program Development Plan for a Master’s in Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship was considered by the Committee. This is a joint program between Engineering and Business. The committee recommended and received unanimous approval for this PDP.

The Faculty Senate is notified but does not vote at this stage. The PDP is sent to RACGS for preliminary review. The Alternative Energy PDP will await additional coordination with UD and AFIT. Full proposals will be developed.

In May, the Committee voted provisional approval, for conduct during fall quarter, for a Graduate Certificate Program in Lean-Ergonomics for Manufacturing. To continue, the Certificate requires approval by the Council and Faculty Senate. A motion to approve was received and Council approved unanimously. Per the new procedure, this Certificate was put on the Senate agenda as new Business in October. It will now be voted on at the November meeting.

At its April meeting, the Council approved a PDP for an M.S. in Leadership Development. This fall, the Policies Committee acted as a Reading Committee for a Full Proposal for this degree. Changes suggested by Policies have been implemented and the Committee recommends approval of the proposal to go forward. Motion to approve was made and was unanimously approved. This will be on the Senate agenda as New Business in November.

* Membership Committee (J. Petrick)

The Committee met October 15, 2007 and considered and recommended five nominations for full graduate faculty status nominations and five nominations for adjunct full graduate faculty status.

The full member nominees are:

Erin Flanagan Eng/CoLA
James Guthrie Eng/CoLA
Doris Johnson Teacher Ed/CEHS
Richard Schuster Comm Health/BSoM
Michael Sincoff Mgt/RSCoB

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

The adjunct nominees are:

Scott Galster Psy/CoSM
Jeffery Gearhart BMS PhD/CoSM
Frederick Harmon EE/CECS
Stephen Page BIE/CECS
Jake Vander Zanden ES PhD/CoSM

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

* Research Committee (W. Sellers)

Record breaking amounts were awarded this year with over 170 awards totaling over $71,000,000. Funding is up from this time last year, largely due to an NIH program project award with T. Cope as P.I.

RSP has two new staff: Connie Dudley is the Technology Transfer Director and Toni Walchner is Business Manager for Research and Graduate Studies. RSP hopes to hire a licensing associate to help Connie with her duties.

Faculty are invited to attend Faculty Orientation on Wednesday, October 24, 2007, 8:45-11:30 a.m. in the daytaOhio Appenzeller Visualization Lab, which is located in the Joshi Center.

Wright State Research Institute (WSRI) was established this year to develop opportunities for applied research in engineering, sensors, emerging technology, and advanced materials.

CITI (the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) is available to WSU faculty, staff, or students who are required to have training in human subject’s protection, animal care and use, and responsible conduct of research.

We need to make use of daytaOhio as consultants and the facilities for research. This resource center is just one of eight Wright Centers of Innovation in the State funded by the Third Frontier Program and the only one focused on information technology.

The annual Research Challenge Early Start/Augmentation competition is approaching. In order to be eligible to compete, a faculty member must have submitted a proposal during the past 12 months for more than $40,000. The deadline is November 13, 2007. This is a very competitive program as Research Challenge funds from the state have not been growing.

VII. Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:25 p.m.