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Graduate School

Graduate Council Meeting

October 26, 2009


I. The meeting was called to order at 2:40 p.m.

Voting members and alternates present were: R. Ajami, G. Alter G. Bernhardt, D. Cipollini, L. Caron, A. Chamberlain, D. Curry, R. Dodge, A. Goshtasby,
M. Kazimierczuk, J. Lindsey, B. Milligan, S. Narayanan, D. Pringle, L. Ream, J. Runkle, C. Ryan, E. Self, J. Thomas, L. VandeCreek, D. Voss, R. Williams, E. Wolf

Non-voting alternates and other attendees were: J. Bantle, J. Kimble, J, Malicki,
J. Petrick, J. Powers, E. Reinsch-Friese, N. Sedgwick, S. Shellabarger

II. Approval of Minutes

It was moved and seconded that the minutes of the April 20, 2009 meeting be approved as written. Motion carried unanimously.

III. Report of the Dean (J. Thomas)

J. Thomas explained the purpose of the three Graduate Council standing committees and thanked those who are serving in that capacity this year. He explained that the Policies Committee function is to look at changes in graduate curriculum, programs, and policies and at this time they are also very involved with the semester conversion, and serve concurrently as the de facto Graduate Semester Conversion Curriculum Committee. Larry Ream will continue as chair of this committee.

The Membership Committee is charged with review and approval of nominations for full and adjunct full graduate faculty, which are then brought before Graduate Council for final approval. Joe Petrick has agreed to continue as chair.

The Student Affairs Committee oversees awards and scholarship for our students. Carl Brun will be the new chair of the Student Affairs Committee.

With increased recruiting efforts, the total graduate headcount is up 4.2% this fall, an increase of 151 students to 3609. The number of new students has increased 7%. Credit hours are also up, and this may be the largest number of graduate credit hours in the history of the University, with an increase of 3.5%

A summary was given of recent graduate enrollment patterns with the intention to determine the number of students not retained. For Fall Quarter 2008, a total of 3,458 graduate students were enrolled. Then, in fall, winter, spring, and summer quarters, we graduated 1,307 students, added 2004 new students, and entered Fall Quarter 2009 with 3,609 students enrolled. Thus, we did not retain, for whatever reason, 546 students which is about 15% of the Fall enrollment. Retention will be looked at to see what can be done to keep our graduate students through graduation.

Graduate student support remains fairly level. We currently have 525 graduate assistants, down 6 from the previous year, and 117 students receiving graduate tuition scholarships, down 14 from last year.

The Thesis and Dissertation Workshop is scheduled for this Wednesday, October 28. Approximately 55 students are registered at this time. J. Thomas invited any of Graduate Council who would like to come to attend.

Additional Graduate Council Meetings scheduled for this year are on February 22, 2010 and April 26, 2010, both in E156 Student Union.

IV. Committee Reports

* Policies Committee (L. Ream)

L. Ream stated that the Policies Committee had two meetings this quarter. The Committee reviewed proposals for changes to degree requirements for the Classroom Teacher: Intervention Specialist M.Ed. Degree and the corresponding Licensure Programs for both the Mild to Moderate and Moderate to Intensive Concentrations. The Committee approved these changes. Endorsements in the Early Childhood, Intervention Specialist, and Teacher Leader programs were approved by the College and forwarded to the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) for final approval. Endorsements are blocks of specialization, added to teachers’ credentials to strengthen their license and make them more employable. Since Endorsements are approved and awarded to teachers by ODE, it has been decided that they do not require WSU approval beyond the College.

The Policies Committee, also considered additional Guidelines for semester conversion to be added to the Curriculum Semester Conversion Guidelines that were approved at the April 20, 2009 Graduate Council Meeting. These included:

* A semester calendar providing 70 class days (nominal 14-week) as negotiated with the AAUP,

* A timeblock schedule with 55 minute classes MWF and 80 minutes TTh,

* Six semester credit hours to be considered full-time registration for graduate students,

* Clarify that the transfer credit policy applies to either (or both) external credits and workshop credits,

* Students admitted in conditional status must have a 3.0 graduate GPA the semester they complete 9 semester hours of graduate course work,

* Students who do not attend for twelve (12) consecutive months must reapply,

* The course approval and modification workflow process is changing from carbon paper forms to web-based.

* For conversion to semester courses, it is agreed to use an expedited process for which a Course Outline will be substituted for a more comprehensive Course Syllabus. These forms are presented for approval.

These changes to the Semester Curriculum Conversion Guidelines were voted on and approved unanimously by Council. Dean Thomas will take this revised and expanded set of Semester Curriculum Conversion Guidelines forward to Faculty Senate.

Another meeting is being planned for this quarter to discuss additional program changes, GA contracts for a semester calendar (8 month contracts versus 9 month contracts), graduate tuition scholarship policy, which needs to be changed, and other issues needed to update the SoGS Policies and Procedures Manual.

* Membership Committee (J. Petrick)

The Membership Committee recommended twelve (12) new nominees who met the standards for full graduate faculty status and thirteen (13) who met the standards for adjunct full graduate faculty membership. Five adjunct full graduate faculty members were recommended for renewal.

The full graduate faculty member nominees are:

John Feldmeier Political Science/CoLA
Robert Goldenberg Surgery/BSoM
Pascal Hitzler CSE/CECS
Heather Hostetler BMB/BSoM/CoSM
Larry James Dean/SoPP
Kathy Koenig TED/Phys/CoSM
Geoffrey Owens Soc/Anthr/CoLA
Pratik Parikh BIE/CECS
Janeece Warfield ClinPsy/SoPP
Julie Williams ClinPsy/SoPP
Jonathan Winkler History/CoLA
Kelly Zaytoun English/CoLA

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

The following nominees are recommended to the Graduate Council for adjunct full graduate faculty membership:

Mary Ayyadurai MME/CECS
Philip Beran MME/CECS
Antonio Crespo EE/CECS
Stanley Erk Pharm & Tox/BSoM
Takao Itami MME/CECS
Benji Maruyama BIE/CECS
Joerg Meyer CSE/CECS
Steven Olsen MME/CECS
Alan Pinkus HF&IO PhD/CoSM
Marios Pouagare CSE/CECS
B.G. Shiva Prasad MME/CECS
Steven Rogers EE/CECS
Norihiko Watanabe MME/CECS

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

The following adjunct full graduate faculty members are recommended for renewal:

P. Ruby Mawasha MME/CECS
Thomas Moore Psych/CoSM
Ronald Riechers EE/CECS
Richard “Rik” Warren Psych/CoSM
Devert Wicker EE/CECS

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

V. Research Report (E. Reinsch-Friese)

E. Reinsch-Friese reported an increase in external awards of 7.6% in FY08-09. 593 awards were received in the amount of $74,383,725. From 2006 to 2009, funding has increased by $10M. Research funding is almost half of all monies received, with the majority coming from federal agencies, followed by state agencies.

A total of 61 proposals have been submitted to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) this year. So far, 14 awards have been received, totaling almost $3M and additional funding from this source is expected.

Earlier this summer, a new agreement was negotiated with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Cost Rates. The on-campus research rate has increased from 43% to 45% effective 7/1/2009 and will increase again to 46% effective 7/1/2011.

The National Science Foundation has informed institutions that they are implementing a requirement for a training plan in the Responsible Conduct of Research. A plan must be in place by January 1, 2010 to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research for all NSF supported researchers including undergraduates and graduate students. RSP will be developing a training plan for implementation by the required deadline.

Research Council has been reinstated with deans or a representative and one faculty representative from each College. The Vice President of Research and Graduate Studies is the chair of this committee and conducts the monthly meetings.

VI. Report by J. Bantle, Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies

J. Bantle announced that J. Thomas, J. Malicki and J. Kimble are all taking the voluntary separation plan and will be retiring from the University at the end of December, March, and January, respectively. Dean Charles Taylor of CoLA is chairing a search committee to select a new Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. J. Bantle will fill in for the dean in the interim if necessary until the new person is on board, with assistance from J. Malicki, J. Kimble and the SoGS staff. J. Bantle recognized the distinguished service of Jay Thomas to the University and as Dean of Graduate Studies.

VII. Old Business

No old business was brought forward.

VIII. New Business

J. Thomas introduced Josh Powers, an ACE Fellow (American Council on Education), from Indiana State University. Dr. Powers is spending fall quarter at Wright State to learn about leadership in higher education. He is chair of the Educational Leadership Department at Indiana State University.

Dean Thomas acknowledged the Graduate Council Scholars and the new SoGS Dean’s Student Advisory Board. Both were invited to join the Council for a reception following the meeting. He then asked Nathan Sedgwick, Chair of the Student Advisory Board, to comment on Advisory Board activities. N. Sedgwick stated that the Advisory Board serves as a liaison between the student body and the Dean with a goal to improve communication and student services. Beginning winter quarter, they plan to publish a SoGS Newsletter twice per quarter to increase the sense of graduate community.

J. Thomas stated this is his 61st and last Graduate Council Meeting and ends his nearly 20 year service as Chair of the Council. He has enjoyed this time and believes that the Council has done an excellent job establishing and advancing graduate governance at Wright State University.

VIII. Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:38 p.m. for a reception and light refreshments.