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GRADUATE COUNCIL

Minutes of
February 2nd, 2007

MEMBERS PRESENT: Seran Aktuna, Rakesh Bharati, Mike Crider, Dave Duvernell, Steve Hansen, Jean Harrison, Chair, Stephanie McAndrews, Steve McCommas, Michael Shaw, Jay Starratt, Kim White for Rita Arras, William White, S. William Whitson, Duff Wrobbel

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Scott Belobrajdic

GUESTS: Laura Bernaix, Associate Professor, Nursing
Jackie Clement, Graduate Program Director, Nursing
Christa Johnson, Assistant Dean, Graduate Studies and Research
Curt Lox, Associate Dean, School of Education
Ronald Schaefer, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research

I. Announcements

Steve Hansen announced that the Hoppe/Lindsay award applications are due on March 16th. Christa Johnson announced that the new luminous-driven website was launched today. Hansen added that the Graduate School would appreciate comments and corrections on the site.

II. Approval of Minutes of January 12, 2007

The minutes were approved as submitted.

III. Report of the Executive Committee

The Executive Committee did not meet.

IV. Report of the Programs Committee

A. Program Review Update: Kinesiology

The graduate program is making plans to change its options to specializations in exercise physiology, sport and exercise behavior, sport management, and adapted physical education. To meet this need, faculty "have been developing experimental courses in the various programs in preparation of having them become central to the new specializations." It hopes to have these changes in place by the fall semester of 2008. Furthermore, three of the four options are not education in nature. The graduate program is therefore considering changing the degree to a Master of Science instead of keeping the Master of Science in Education. The program also has three outdated or inactive graduate programs: a post-baccalaureate certificate program, a professional development sequence, and an option in pedagogy. The paperwork to drop these items has been forwarded to the School of Education.

The graduate program in Kinesiology has also revised its mission statement: "The mission of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education is to contribute to the enhancement of a healthy and active society through the professional preparation of undergraduate students in the fields of exercise and wellness, physical education, and school and community health education. Graduate education will provide a more advanced and focused study to enable students to serve in leadership roles in exercise physiology, sport and exercise behavior, sport management, and adapted physical education. It is the intention of the faculty of the department to serve as a resource to the greater metropolitan community as well as state and national venues through exceptional teaching, scholarship and service activities."

The Council accepted the report unanimously.

B. Form 91A - Nursing: All specializations, Admission and Program of Study

The graduate program wishes to add a graduate statistics course to the program requirements for the three specializations, Health Care and Nursing Administration (HCNA), Nurse Anesthesia (NA), and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). It also wishes to revise the graduate program student outcomes and the progression plans, and replace the 6-credit Thesis/Project requirement with a no-credit terminal project for all students. It also wishes to add an undergraduate science GPA of 3.0 or better to the list of admission criteria for the FNP and HCNA specialties, and add an admission interview as a requirement for admission of the FNP and HCNA majors and for the Post-Master's Certificate applicants.

Statistics content has been included in the course, Advanced Nursing Research. However Nursing wishes to remove that content and have the students complete a 3-credit statistics course and a 1-credit computer lab so that the students will go into more depth in their statistics content. The proposed change will better prepare students to complete the Advanced Nursing Research course and will also prepare Nurse Practitioner students to complete the epidemiology course.

An admission interview in the FNP and HCNA specializations will provide more data on the applicants in the competitive field of nursing education. The requirement of an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better in science will bring the FNP and HCNA specializations in line with Nurse Anesthesia. This change will also better prepare students for their course demands.

The graduate program in Nursing informed the Programs Committee that accrediting bodies for their profession do not want masters' students to write theses. Although they approve of research, they prefer that that type of academic work be reserved for the doctoral degree so that graduate students can concentrate on learning clinical skills within an evidence-based practice. In place of the Thesis/Project, Nursing wishes to require the no-credit capstone experience of developing and submitting a manuscript for consideration for publication. This experience would begin early in their graduate career and be included in the course content of each semester.

The no-credit capstone experience questions. The Council asked Nursing to change the 91A to reflect the capstone publication experience.

Rakesh Bharati rasied the question of potential impact on enrollment that the graduate statistics course would have. Jackie Clement replied that Nursing does not have problems with enrollment. She added that the statistics course had been separate in the past and had worked better.

The Council passed the request as amended unanimously.

C. Form 91A - Nursing: Post-Masters Certificate in Health Care & Nursing

The graduate program wishes to change the number of required credit hours from 25 semester hours to 22-35 semester hours and to add an admission interview as a requirement for admission. The rationale for changing to a program of study with variable credit hours is to accommodate students with a variety of master's degree courses in their academic history. This change will avoid making students take duplicate courses.

The Council passed the request unanimously.

D. Form 91A - Nursing: Post-Masters Certificate in Nurse Anesthesia

The graduate program wishes to change the number of required credit hours from 52 semester hours to 41-72 semester hours. The rationale for changing to a program of study with variable credit hours is to accommodate students with a variety of master's degree courses in their academic history. This change will avoid making students take duplicate courses.

The Council passed the request unanimously.

E. Form 91A - Nursing: Post-Masters Certificate in Nurse Practitioner

The graduate program wishes to change the number of required credit hours from 28 semester hours to 20-54 semester hours. The rationale for changing to a program of study with variable credit hours is to accommodate students with a variety of master's degree courses in their academic history. This change will avoid making students take duplicate courses. The program also wishes to add an admission interview.

The Council passed the request unanimously.

F. Form 91A - Nursing: Professional Development Sequence - Oncology (NEW)

The graduate program wishes to offer a 12 semester hour Professional Development Sequence (PDS) in Oncology to provide basic graduate level knowledge in oncology because credentialed oncology nurses are in short supply. Courses taken as part of the PDS will also satisfy a portion of the requirements for the Oncology certification exam. Students are admitted in fall only.

The Council passed the request unanimously.

G. Form 91A - Nursing: Professional Development Sequence - Pain Management (NEW)

The graduate program wishes to offer a 12 semester hour Professional Development Sequence (PDS) in Pain Management to provide basic graduate level knowledge because credentialed pain management nurses are in short supply. Courses taken as part of the PDS will also satisfy a portion of the requirements for the Pain Management certification exam. Students are admitted in fall only.

The Council passed the request unanimously.

H. Three Year Review: Literacy Education

The Literacy Education graduate program began admitting students in the fall of 2005. At that time 59 of their 62 students were transfers from the elementary education graduate program. Since then ten students have graduated and are employed as reading specialists or classroom teachers. Area administrators have requested that Literacy Education graduates apply to be reading specialists in their school districts, and are encouraging their own teachers to enter the program. Although there is a high demand for this specialized set of skills, other area colleges are competing with SIUE for students by developing their own "on-line, shortened, and/or less expensive programs for reading teacher certification." SIUE is the "only place that offers [reading specialist certification] in the region." The program needs additional qualified faculty, better access to clinic rooms for tutoring, and it needs to continue to increase enrollment to 15-20 new graduate students each fall.

The Council accepted the report unanimously.

V. Report of the Educational and Research Policies Committee

A. Graduate and Professional Schools Council

ERP is having an ongoing discussion about fully integrating the School of Dental Medicine and the School of Pharmacy into the Graduate Council. The change would require program review of the SDM and Pharmacy first professional programs. Dean Hansen reported that Deans Boyle and Medon do not wish to change the current practice. Bill Whitson reported that the program review process that the School of Dental Medicine has in place has been very successful.

VI. Old Business

Rakesh Bharati reported that the Graduate Dean's Evaluation Committee has questions about Dean Hansen's position description. They wish to evaluate him based on an updated position description that more accurately reflects his responsibilities.

VII. New Business

There was no new business.

VIII. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 2:13 PM

Respectfully submitted,

Stephen L. Hansen, Dean
Graduate Studies and Research