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GRADUATE COUNCIL

Minutes of

October 2nd, 2009

MEMBERS PRESENT: Marcus Agustin, Shakti Banwat, Scott Belobrajdic, Rakesh Bharati, Linda Carlisle, Steffany Chleboun, Sohyung Cho for Jianpeng Zhou, Laura Fowler, Carole Frick, M. Jane Gillespie, Liz Lebron, Steve Hansen, Michael Shaw, G. Stacey Staples, Erin Timpe

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Mariana Solares, Valerie Yancey

GUESTS: Oktay Alkin, Associate Dean, School of Engineering
Christa Johnson, Associate Dean, Office of Research and Projects
Karen Kelly, Associate Professor, Primary Care and Health Systems, Nursing
Loren Paul, Chair, Biosafety Committee
Ronald Schaefer, Associate Dean, The Graduate School
Hasan Sevim, Dean, School of Engineering
Linda Skelton, Research Administrator/Ethical Compliance, Office of Research and Projects

I. SAGE Reports

A. School of Engineering

Oktay Alkin stated that the School of Engineering had used its SAGE funds to implement a number of initiatives. First, it addressed the issue of having effective recruiting material. Since some of its graduate programs did not have brochures and little material was targeted to potential international graduate students, the SOE worked on web content. One of the projects is to translate the page into foreign languages to be more user-friendly for international inquiries. Additionally, brochures were developed to be distributed in other countries. Seventy percent of the students in SIUE's electrical engineering graduate program come from India, as well as about half of the School's total graduate students. Most are coming from three universities in India. China provides the second largest group of graduate students in the SOE. The SOE is in the process of building relationships with institutions in India and China. Other larger universities have established campuses in those countries. Professors Alkin and Bodapati recently traveled to India to research the possibility of offering joint programs with Indian universities. They reported that there some good prospects. If a graduate student could spend the first year of study in India, it would make his degree less expensive, a particularly appealing idea in today's economy. Professors Gu and Zhou traveled to China recently and found extensive interest in conducting a student exchange program. SIUE already has a good relationship with Henan University of Science and Technology.

One possibility is to develop "1 + 1" graduate programs, wherein an international student would spend the first year in his home institution and the second year at SIUE. Hybrid courses might be attractive to local industry. This method of delivery would also allow the students to pick up prerequisites before they travel to the USA.

The School's proposal for Stage II of the SAGE program involves developing articulation agreements and 1+1 programs with "promising international institutions," developing the program and courses for the industrial engineering graduate program, and exploring the possibility of a joint graduate program between the Schools of Engineering and Business, such as engineering management, or an MBA program with a concentration in logistics/supply chain. Scott Air Force Base, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin are three potential sources for that type of students.

Mike Shaw asked whether the School can accomplish its goals by the end of the fiscal year, since this is the final opportunity to receive SAGE funds. Dean Sevim assured the Council that the programs are already strong. The faculty will use 50% of its new SAGE funding for travel, and 50% to develop new courses. Their proposal for SAGE II funds is on the way.

Rakesh Bharati made a motion to accept the reports; Carole Frick seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

B. School of Nursing

Karen Kelly gave an overview of the School's SAGE progress. The SON used its funding to support the development of on-line education. Five faculty traveled to Denver for a workshop on online education in preparation for delivering the specialization of Health Care and Nursing Administration and the Doctor of Nursing Practice curricula completely on-line. All faculty have webcams and audio headsets in their offices and students are taking courses from Carbondale online, and next year the same students will take courses offered at SIUE via webcam. This is enabling SIUE to conduct an outreach to Southern Illinois.

The School of Nursing plans to use the stage II SAGE money to develop online courses, and hire a consultant since they do not have a course designer. When they finalize Nurse Educator and Health Care and Nursing Administration courses, those two specializations will be completely online. They will also continue faculty development.

Rakesh Bharati made a motion to accept the reports; Marcus Agustin seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

II. Announcements

Associate Provost for Research Steve Hansen was pleased to learn of positive results generated by the Graduate School's investment in graduate education. He announced that the BOT recommended a 3% raise for faculty for FY 11. He also announced that the cost per graduate credit hour has gone from $134 to $236 in the past four years. This cost is on par with Western Illinois University, slightly above Eastern Illinois University and below University of Missouri - St. Louis. However, he noted that the other universities have much lower fees, which makes their total costs on par with SIUE in many cases. Faculty again expressed concern that the cost of fees hurts part-time graduate enrollment of part-time students.

Christa Johnson announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced its RCR policy. It wants an institutional certification that there is a plan in place to track the students who work on research. NSF has provided two websites to help faculty develop courses that would cover this material. Johnson also mentioned that as of today, the Graduate School has received 45 STEP proposals.

Mike Shaw introduced two new members of the Graduate Council, the student representatives Shakti Banwat, and Liz Lebron. He also announced that he set up a Blackboard site for the committees of the Graduate Council.

III. Approval of Minutes of September 11th, 2009

Marcus Agustin made a motion to approve the minutes; Erin Timpe seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

IV. Report of the Executive Committee

The Executive Committee did not meet.

V. Report of the Programs Committee

Jane Gillespie, Chair of the Programs Committee, reiterated that the termination of the graduate program in physics has been tabled at the request of the Dean of CAS. When the committee takes the request off the table, the program's representatives will be invited to be present.

VI. Report of the Educational and Research Policies (ERP) Committee

A. Biosafety Policy Update

Marcus Agustin, Chair of ERP, explained that the policy, which has not been updated since 1989, has been amended so that when additional terminology is needed, the addendum can be updated instead of having to change the policy itself. The policy was also updated to clarify responsibilities of the IBC for the use of bio-hazardous materials in research, and those responsibilities of the Office of Emergency Management and Safety. Loren Paul said that the only thing the committee was set up for was for processing the compliance on projects that require the use of recombinant DNA but faculty began to use the committee for additional classifications of projects. Paul wanted to better define the parameters of the IBC so that faculty can make a determination whether they need to submit approval forms to the IBC.

The request to approve this policy update was approved unanimously.

VII. Continuing Business

There was no continuing business.

VIII. New Business

There was no new business.

IX. 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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