EDUCATIONAL AND RESEARCH POLICIES COMMITTEE
April 22, 2011
MEMBERS PRESENT: Marcus Agustin (Chair), Sarah Bailey, David Duvernell, Christa Johnson, Yuliang Liu, Suman Mishra, Joe Schober, Mariana Solares, Jerry Weinberg, Terry Yan
MEMBERS EXCUSED: Rakesh Bharati
GUESTS: Virginia Cruz, Primary Care and Health Systems
Adam Weyhaupt, Mathematics and Statistics
Christa Johnson announced that the winner of the Hoppe Research Professor Award is Andrew Neath of Mathematics and Statistics. She also announced that R&D committee members may not apply for STEP funding.
II. Minutes of March 18, 2011
The committee agreed to keep the minutes minimal and to cut out the specific text quoted from the Operating Papers.
Yuliang Liu made a motion to accept the minutes as amended; Terry Yan seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
III. Policy on Professional Development Sequences
Adam Weyhaupt stated that his graduate program offered seven professional development sequences, which are listed in the catalog. Although it was briefly popular in the past, Mathematics has received only one inquiry within the past few years. It was a good tool for recruitment at one time, but there is little interest now. Virginia Cruz added that there have not been any inquiries about their PDSs recently either. Their PDS was needed at first, in areas such as pain management, then interest dropped off.
The committee proposed a minor amendment to the policy that clarified that the graduate programs would not accept transfer credit.
Terry Yan made a motion to accept the amendment; Dave Duvernell seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
IV. ICR Distribution Policy
The policy was amended to clarify how indirect cost recovery funds would be split between units for multidisciplinary grants. The best way to divide ICR money would be according to budgeted direct costs.
Dave Duvernell made a motion to accept the policy as amended; Terry Yan seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
V. Admissions Policy 1E1
Jerry Weinberg pointed out that acceptance of international students who do not meet the minimum TOEFL requirement is conditional. The committee wished to ask Ron Schaefer to propose a specific revision of language in the 1E1 policy.
The committee requested more information on this issue and will address it during the 2011-12 academic year.
VI. Nominations for Research and Development (R&D) Committee
VII. Nominations for Research and Projects Advisory Board (RPAB)
Recruitment of volunteers to run on the ballot is progressing.
VIII. Continuing Business
A. Graduate Council Operating Papers
Changes included clarification about membership, alternates and proxies, and the role of the Graduate Dean on the Council.
Dave Duvernell made a motion to approve the changes; Yuliang Liu seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
IX. New Business
Marcus Agustin thanked the members of ERP for serving this year.
Dave Duvernell made a motion to adjourn; Yuliang Liu seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
The meeting adjourned at 10:20 AM.
Jerry B. Weinberg
Acting Associate Provost for Research and Dean
The Graduate School