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Minutes of

March 6th, 2009

MEMBERS PRESENT: Marcus Agustin, Rakesh Bharati, Linda Carlisle, Laura Fowler, Steve Hansen, Gameli Kumasi, Stephanie McAndrews, Diane Sol, Mariana Solares, G. Stacey Staples, Erin Timpe, Valerie Yancey, Jianpeng Zhou

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Scott Belobrajdic, M. Jane Gillespie, Steve McCommas

GUESTS: Bette Bergeron, Dean, School of Education
Christa Johnson, Associate Dean, The Graduate School
Janice Joplin, Associate Dean, School of Business
Ron Schaefer, Associate Dean, The Graduate School

I. SAGE Reports

A. School of Business

The School of Business redesigned their MBA program and used their SAGE funds to advertise the graduate program. The majority of advertising dollars was used on a brochure and matching postcards. School of Business Associate Dean Janice Joplin gave a Power Point presentation on the new advertising material. The program also advertised in newspapers and on the web. The target audience is, in part, those who have taken the GMAT test recently.

B. School of Education

The School of Education decided that print advertising was not going to be in its best interest. It is focusing on sending recruiters to schools. It also created the Academy of Teaching Fellows, which will provide a pool of guest lecturers and may lead to finding exceptionally well-qualified call staff in the future.

II. Announcements

Associate Dean Christa Johnson announced that the deadline for STEP (Seed Grants for Transitional and Exploratory Projects) had been February 6, 2009. The Research and Development (R & D) Committee has started the review process. One of the items on a future ERP agenda will be determining whether STEP is meeting the needs of the faculty. She also announced that the annual Spring Symposium will take place on April 8 and 9, 2009.

Associate Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School Stephen Hansen announced that the Faculty Senate is discussing the Teacher/Scholar model. The Welfare Council of the Faculty Senate is reviewing the policies on plagiarism. The committee proposed three policies to address the issue: one for staff plagiarism, two for student plagiarism, and one for faculty plagiarism. The plagiarism committee intends to place an attribution section at the end of each of the policies to avoid potential misunderstanding regarding the origins of the policies.

III. Approval of Minutes of February 6th, 2009

Laura Fowler was incorrectly listed as Linda Fowler. Erin Timpe made a motion to approve the minutes as amended; Rakesh Bharati seconded. The minutes were approved as amended with 12 ayes and one abstention.

IV. Report of the Executive Committee

The Executive Committee did not meet.

V. Report of the Programs Committee

A. Graduate Program Review Reports

1. Biological Sciences

2. Biotechnology Management

3. Chemistry

4. Environmental Science Management

5. Environmental Sciences

6. Mathematics

The graduate programs in biotechnology and environmental science management were flagged for priority review. They will be up for review again in three years. The graduate programs in biological sciences, chemistry, environmental sciences, and mathematics were found to be in good standing.

The Programs Committee's report was accepted unanimously.

VI. Report of the Educational and Research Policies Committee

Marcus Agustin reported that ERP met on February 19th. It has been considering the creation of a Distinguished Scholars Council, whose purpose will be to help with writing university-related grants.

VII. Continuing Business

Stephanie McAndrews announced that the surveys to evaluate the Graduate School Dean will be up on BlackBoard soon.

VIII. New Business

There was no new business.

IX. Adjournment

Stephanie McAndrews made a motion to adjourn; Jianpeng Zhou seconded. The motion passed unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 2:50 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Stephen L. Hansen,
Associate Provost for Research and Dean,
The Graduate School

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