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GRADUATE COUNCIL

Minutes of

February 5th, 2010

MEMBERS PRESENT: Marcus Agustin, Shakti Banwat, Scott Belobrajdic, Rakesh Bharati, Linda Carlisle, Steffany Chleboun, Carole Frick, M. Jane Gillespie, Liz Lebron, Steve Hansen, Michael Shaw, Mariana Solares, G. Stacey Staples, Erin Timpe, Valerie Yancey, Jianpeng Zhou

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Laura Fowler

GUESTS: Christa Johnson, Associate Dean, Office of Research and Projects
Lynn Maurer, Associate Dean, The Graduate School
Ronald Schaefer, Director, International Programs

I. Announcements

A. Report of the Course Review Committee (CRC)

The report for December 2009 and January 2010 was distributed through BlackBoard.

B. Other Announcements

Associate Provost for Research Stephen Hansen introduced Lynn Maurer, professor of political science as the new associate dean of the Graduate School. He also announced that the state has made a substantial payment to the SIU system, alleviating the current cash flow problem. Hansen reported that the SIU system is confident that it can now meet its payroll through June 30th. SIUE has made up for lost revenue by freezing all new hiring and replacements and by slowing all other expenditures. Chancellor Vandegrift has begun to initiate the replacement of some but not all staff positions. Hansen was hopeful that units will be able to begin spending their support lines before the end of the fiscal year.

Associate Dean Christa Johnson announced that the Graduate School will be hosting the SIU Technology and Innovation Expo (Spring 2010) which will take place on Tuesday, March 30th from 9:30 to 5:30 at SIUE's Morris University Center. "This event will feature a number of presentations by SIU-affiliated scientists and inventors with technology to license. Keynote presentations will be given by successful industry collaborators Dr. James Bashkin, Research Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UMSL and Chemistry Director/Co-founder of NanoVir, and Matt Kulig, serial entrepreneur, MBA (from SIUE), and currently COO for Aisle411.com." Sponsors include SIUE's Graduate School, SIUC, SIU School of Medicine, SIUE Southwestern Entrepreneurship Center, SIUE University Park, Ameren Economic Development, Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP, St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association, Madison County Community Development, Madison-Bond Workforce Investment Board, and Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois.

Johnson also reminded the Council members that the Graduate School's 14th Annual Spring Symposium will take place on Wednesday, March 31, 2010. Johnson is currently tabulating responses to a recent survey of the services offered by the Office of Research and Projects (ORP). She also announced that the number of grant submissions is higher than they were at this time last year. Faculty and staff have applied for more than $50 million dollars, 95% of that in research. Grant awards are at the same level as last year. The semi-annual report is posted on ORP's website at http://www.siue.edu/graduate/research/pdf/FY10_SemiAnnual_Report.pdf.

II. Approval of Minutes of December 4th, 2009

Marcus Agustin made a motion to approve the minutes; Mariana Solares seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

III. Report of the Executive Committee

The Executive Committee did not meet.

IV. Report of the Programs Committee

A. Form 91A - Request for Change in Academic Program - Electrical Engineering (ENG-09-51)

The graduate program wished to change its required courses in order to "better reflect [its] program philosophy, the current electrical engineering field and departmental alignment." Instead of requiring ECE 552 (Advanced Stochastic Processes) and two courses in two different categories selected from the categories Computer Systems (577, 581, 582, 584), Communications (570, 572, 574, 575), and Signals and Systems (532, 538, 539, 563), the new program of study would require only one course from this list: 532 (Applications of DSP), 539 (Digital Image Processing II), 552 (Advanced Stochastic Processes), 562 (Modern Control), 572 (Communication Networks), 574 (Digital Communications). The flexibility would allow the student and his adviser to design a more individualized graduate program. The graduate program requests the effective date to be fall, 2010.

B. Form 91A - Request for Change in Academic Program - Environmental Sciences (CAS-09-109)

The 2008 graduate program review stated, in part, "There are not enough faculty in the Program to represent all the concentrations (options) sufficiently." The graduate program wishes to respond by combining its options, Environmental Chemistry and Environmental Toxicology into a single option of Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology. Its environmental chemistry and toxicology program of study would keep its current courses but allow substitution of 525 for 531 (Toxicology) and 535 (Ecological Risk Assessment) for 540 (Pollution Ecology). Its environmental biology option would replace "either 550 (Applied Ecology) or 531 (Toxicology)" with "550." Its environmental education option changes "528/528L (Analysis of Environmental Contaminants) or 520 (Environmental Sampling)" to 520, and "ENSC 580 (Environmental Education) or CI 510 (Analysis of Instruction)" becomes ENSC 580. Its environmental policy and public administration program of study replaces the 516 (Environmental Impact Analysis) course with 550 (Applied Ecology). Its environmental technology and assessment option replaces 540 (Pollution Ecology) with 550, and replaces 570 (Environmental Technology and Assessment) with 573. The graduate program requests the effective date to be fall, 2010. This change would not affect faculty since all courses are currently offered.

C. Form 91A - Request for Change in Academic Program - Environmental Science Management (CAS-09-113)

The graduate program, which currently requires a thesis, wishes to give students a choice between a thesis and a research paper. Most "PSM" students do not have an opportunity to conduct a research project in relation to their internships. Adding the Final Research Paper option will provide students with the flexibility to demonstrate their learning experience and accomplishments. The School of Business replaced three of the courses used by the environmental science management program. The new course names and numbers changed from ACCT 502 (Managerial Accounting), CMIS 515 (Information Systems Theory), and MGMT 514 (Management of Organizations) to ACCT 524, (Accounting for MBAs), CMIS 526 (Information Systems and Technology), and MBA 522 (Decision Making in Organizations). The graduate program wishes to change the catalog description of its business courses under program of study to reflect these changes. The graduate program requests the effective date to be spring, 2010.

D. Form 91A - Request for Change in Academic Program - Public Administration (CAS-09-159)

The graduate program wishes to create a specialization, Research Administration. One hundred percent of courses would be delivered through distance learning in a hybrid format. It intends to enroll cohorts of 25 students every fall. A survey conducted by the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) in May 2007 indicated a "strong interest for a master's degree program [in research administration]." There is evidence that potential employers seek "employees with formal training in research administration." The program will "be operated on a cost recovery basis through the Office of Education Outreach." The Public Administration and Policy Analysis faculty will provide instruction. Some course content will be delivered by using the expertise of "the leaders in the field of research administration from other institutions." The graduate program wishes its first cohort to begin in fall, 2010.

The Council considered these requests together. Program Committee's motion to accept these requests passed with 14 aye votes and one abstention.

Hansen asked the Council's opinion on whether or not he should continue to encourage graduate programs to require more credit hours for students who choose non-thesis projects than for those that choose the thesis option. He has always advocated requiring more hours for a non-thesis curriculum because otherwise there is no incentive to write a thesis. The Council concurred that requiring additional hours for non-thesis work constitutes good graduate program practice.

Hansen also asked the Council members their opinions on the value of a core in a program's plan of study. Hansen wondered whether he should continue to encourage graduate programs to include a core experience for their students. According to the document, "Characteristics of Graduate Education" which was developed by the graduate faculty several years ago, a core experience enhances graduate education. This concept is an important component of program review. Common curricular experience helps students feel as though they are part of a cohort and assures breadth of graduate education which is not necessarily found in graduate programs that are individually tailored to each student. The Council discussed the issue of whether the absence of core requirements might hurt students in the job market. Carole Frick felt that students gain a sharper focus on their areas of interest although she expressed concern that this may promote an imbalance among faculty mentoring. Rakesh Bharati was concerned that allowing the students to focus on subfields instead of a core might create a culture in which graduates become technicians. Ron Schaefer felt that a core curriculum was valuable from a student's point of view. He also felt that core requirements should be reviewed periodically and wondered whether an advisory board outside of SIUE might be able to contribute some valuable insight. Generally, the Council wanted Hansen to continue emphasizing the value of a core experience for graduate programs.

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

ERP did not meet in January. It is currently expecting results of an RCR (Responsible Conduct in Research) survey conducted in January. The preliminary results indicate that approximately a dozen departments seem to have courses that meet RCR compliance requirements.

VI. Continuing Business

There was no continuing business.

VII. New Business

A. Graduate School Dean Annual Review Committee

Associate Provost Hansen excused himself from the meeting as Mike Shaw asked for three volunteers to conduct Hansen's annual review. G. Stacey Staples volunteered to chair the committee. Carole Frick and Mike Shaw will also serve. Last year's committee chaired by Stephanie McAndrews improved the survey instruments which may be very helpful to the new committee.

VIII. Adjournment

Marcus Agustin made a motion to adjourn; Mike Shaw seconded. The meeting adjourned at 2:47 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

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

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