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GRADUATE COUNCIL

Minutes of

May 1st, 2009

MEMBERS PRESENT: Marcus Agustin, Scott Belobrajdic, Rakesh Bharati, Dean Cody for Linda Carlisle, Jane Gillespie, Steve Hansen, Gameli Kumasi, Stephanie McAndrews, Diane Sol, Mariana Solares, G. Stacey Staples, Erin Timpe, Valerie Yancey, Jianpeng Zhou

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Laura Fowler, Steve McCommas

GUESTS: Christa Johnson, Associate Dean, The Graduate School

Ron Schaefer, Associate Dean, The Graduate School

I. Announcements

A. Final Report of the 2008-09 Course Review Committee

The report was distributed.

B. Other Announcements

"The Chronicle of Higher Education" recently reported that the OIG had significant audit findings against SIUE. Associate Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School Stephen Hansen said almost a year ago a routine audit uncovered discrepancies in the TRIO grant program housed in East St. Louis. TRIO involves Talent Search and Upward Bound. After investigating the discrepancies, the Graduate School decided to alert the SIUE police to the possibility of fraud. We immediately disclosed these discrepancies the USDE, which notified the Office of Inspector General. The OIG investigation and audit identified fraud in the amount of $70-80,000. Federal indictments are being prepared for the alleged perpetrators. The OIG audit found a number of other issues including missing documents and overstating the number of children served. The audit also found that the time and effort reporting was not adequate. SIUE has disputed some of these OIG audit findings, which amount to over one million dollars. The USDE audit resolution office will make the final determination of how much SIUE must return to the federal government.

In other announcements, Hansen stated that approximately 42% of the tenure/tenure eligible faculty were involved in grants during the fiscal year. He said that this level of participation was extraordinary and stood as evidence of the high quality of faculty at SIUE. Hansen said that this level of scholarship help confirm a Teacher-Scholar model at SIUE, even though the faculty Senate does not appear to be interested in continuing the discussion on the teacher/scholar philosophy statement.

Hansen recapped some of the accomplishments of the 2008-09 Graduate Council, citing its work on the revision of graduate program assessment plans, program review, and the SAGE project. He noted ERP's work on research infrastructure which resulted in combining the Summer Research Fellowship (SRF) and the Funded University Research (FUR) into the Seed Grants for Transitional and Exploratory Projects (STEP), and in transforming the Vaughnie Lindsay Research Professor Award into the Vaughnie Lindsay New Investigator Award.

Scott Belobrajdic announced that graduate applications for fall of 2009 are down 3-4%, but enrollment is up 140 students up from last year due to the Graduate School's efforts.

Christa Johnson announced that she will be hosting a town hall meeting on Friday, May 8th to solicit feedback on the first STEP competition. She wants to ensure that the evaluation process is transparent and that the program meets faculty needs.

II. Approval of Minutes of April 3rd, 2009

The minutes were unanimously approved as submitted.

III. Report of the Executive Committee

The Executive Committee did not meet.

IV. Report of the Programs Committee

A. Form 91A - Computer Science (ENG-09-010)

The graduate program wishes to remove the requirement of a topic paper, which will reduce the required graduate semester hours from 35 to 34. The program also wishes to replace 598 (topic paper) with 596 (master's project) or a final exam. The thesis option will continue to be available. Those who opt for the thesis will take 28 hours of course work and 6 hours of thesis. Those choosing the project will take 31 hours of course work and 3 hours of project. Those students who opt for the final exam will take 34 hours of course work.

The request was approved unanimously.

B. Form 91A - Nursing

The request was withdrawn before the Graduate Council met.

C. Final Report of the 2008-09 Programs Committee

The report was distributed.

V. Report of the Educational and Research Policies Committee

A. Final Report of the 2008-09 ERP Committee

The report was distributed.

VI. Research and Projects Advisory Board (RPAB) Elections

William Neumann, of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, was elected to the committee.

VII. Next Year's Committees: Volunteers for the Programs Committee and the Educational and Research Policies (ERP) Committee

The Council members unanimously requested to remain on the committees on which they served during the 2008-09 academic year.

VIII. Continuing Business

There was no continuing business.

IX. New Business

There was no new business.

X. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 2:45 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

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

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