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GRADUATE COUNCIL

Minutes of
October 6th, 2006

MEMBERS PRESENT: Seran Aktuna, Rita Arras, Rakesh Bharati, Mike Crider, Gary Denue for Jay Starratt, Dave Duvernell, Steve Hansen, Jean Harrison, Chair, Stephanie McAndrews, Laura Strom, William White, S. William Whitson, Duff Wrobbel

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Dinesh Dasari, Steve McCommas, Michael Shaw

GUESTS: Huei Li Chin, Assistant Professor, Music
Darryl Coan, Graduate Program Director, Music
Christa Johnson, Assistant Dean, Graduate Studies and Research
Ronald Schaefer, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research

I. Announcements

Steve Hansen announced that Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift and Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Paul Ferguson will be attending the November 3rd meeting of the Graduate Council. He asked the Council for suggestions on topics that the guests could address.

Jean Harrison stated that the issue of partial tuition waivers for 25% percent graduate assistantships, which is under discussion in the ERP, came up at the most recent Faculty Senate meeting. She said that graduate assistants are fundamental to the vitality of graduate programs, and said that the relationship between graduate enrollment and cost should be taken into consideration. She added that graduate assistantships are used as a marketing and recruitment tool. Rita Arras asked the Council to consider graduate assistants in the larger context of graduate education. Hansen stated that SIUE is one of the few institutions to offer a large number of partial assistantships, and that it is rare to offer a full waiver for part-time assistantships. Rakesh Bharati asked how this issue fits into the mission of the university. Is it necessary to pit undergraduate education and research against each other to make SIUE a premier metropolitan university? What does the university community want the values to be?

Duff Wrobbel suggested that the Council ask Chancellor Vandegrift and Provost Ferguson how they plan to address the perception of low quality at SIUE found in Madhav Segal's market study.

The Council agreed upon the following questions to put before the Chancellor and Provost:

• How does graduate education fit into the SIUE strategic plan?

• What ideas do you have for managing undergraduate enrollment increases while faced with shrinking state resources?

• Given the Madhav Segal Marketing Study which revealed the public's poor perception of SIUE's quality, what plans are there to change that perception?

• Please discuss the problems surrounding graduate tuition waivers.

Steve Hansen announced that he met with Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Narbeth Emmanuel, who asked the Graduate School what his office could do to support graduate students. Hansen asked for suggestions. Rakesh Bharati suggested offering a workshop on plagiarism for new graduate students. Duff Wrobbel reminded the Council of his proposal of 2004-05, which was to offer an orientation workshop to new graduate students. His workshop plan included sessions on plagiarism, research methods, and library use. Rita Arras noted that since, "one size does not fit all," the workshop sessions would have to be individually tailored to each graduate program, an idea that was in Wrobbel's original proposal. Arras suggested offering the orientation in yearly components. Seran Aktuna suggested that childcare be addressed. She noted that since the Early Childhood Center had stopped offering childcare during evening hours, it was more difficult for single parents to attend evening classes.

Hansen announced that the graduate program directors met with Judy Bartel to discuss the Banner system. The Graduate Admissions office will stop using hard copy later in 2006, and will go to an electronic format for admissions procedures.

Hansen also announced that the Graduate School is co-sponsoring a faculty panel on the Teacher/Scholar model on November 1st, from 2:30 to 4:30 in the Maple/Dogwood room.

II. Approval of Minutes of September 8th, 2006

The minutes were accepted as submitted.

III. Report of the Executive Committee

The Executive Committee did not meet.

IV. Report of the Programs Committee

A. Form 91A - Request for a Change in Program: Music: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy

The graduate program wished to add a post-baccalaureate certificate in vocal pedagogy. The certificate is designed for voice teachers who wish to advance their skills in pedagogy and literature. Since four of the required courses could be counted toward a master's degree, the certificate could be used as a marketing tool for the graduate program in music. Since the certificate would use courses which are already being taught, the program does not anticipate any budgetary constraints on offering this certificate. Professor Coan stated that this would be the only vocal pedagogy program in the area.

The motion from the Programs Committee to approve passed unanimously.

B. Form 91A - Request for a Change in Program: Music: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Piano Pedagogy

The graduate program wished to add a post-baccalaureate certificate in piano pedagogy. The certificate is designed for piano teachers who wish to advance their skills in performance, pedagogy, literature, and theory. Since four of the required courses could be counted toward a master's degree, the certificate could be used as a marketing tool for the graduate program in music. Since the certificate would use courses which are already being taught in addition to one new course, the program does not anticipate any budgetary constraints on offering this certificate. Professor Coan stated that this would be the only piano pedagogy program in the area.

The motion from the Programs Committee to approve passed unanimously.

V. Report of the Educational and Research Policies Committee

The ERP has begun to discuss granting partial tuition waivers for part-time (25%) graduate assistantships in place of full tuition waivers. Christa Johnson is gathering information to present at the October 13th ERP meeting.

VI. Old Business

There was no old business.

VII. New Business

There was no new business.

VIII. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 1:52 PM

Respectfully submitted,

Stephen L. Hansen, Dean
Graduate Studies and Research

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