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GRADUATE COUNCIL

Minutes of

April 2nd, 2010

MEMBERS PRESENT: Marcus Agustin, Scott Belobrajdic, Rakesh Bharati, Steffany Chleboun, Laura Fowler, Carole Frick, Steve Hansen, Liz Lebron, Michael Shaw, Mariana Solares, G. Stacey Staples, Erin Timpe, Valerie Yancey, Jianpeng Zhou

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Linda Carlisle, M. Jane Gillespie

MEMBERS ABSENT: Shakti Banwat

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

I. Announcements

A. Report of the Course Review Committee (CRC)

The report for March 2010 was distributed through Blackboard.

B. Other Announcements

Associate Provost for Research Stephen Hansen announced that the Technology Expo held March 30th was a great success, drawing about 100 faculty members. It provided a good opportunity for faculty to meet with representatives from industry. He thanked Christa Johnson for organizing it. He also announced that the annual spring symposium, held March 31st, went well. Students made a record 39 presentations and the symposium featured good poster presentations as well. Andy Theising, the Director of the Institute for Urban Research, gave a tour of East St. Louis with Eugene B. Redmond, Emeritus Professor of English Language and Literature.

Mike Shaw thanked the Graduate School for support of the Probst lecture. 700 people attended this important event.

II. Approval of Minutes of March 5th, 2010

The minutes were unanimously accepted as submitted.

III. Report of the Executive Committee

Mike Shaw announced that the committee discussed the RCR guidelines that were reviewed at the March Graduate Council meeting. They simplified the proposal to allow it to focus more on students who are being paid from grant funds. All students who are working on research grants, whether the grants are internal or external, will be required to undergo this training. The plan is to use the CITI materials plus periodic workshops which will use case studies.

IV. Report of the Programs Committee

A. Form 91A - Request for Change in Academic Program: Learning, Culture, and Society

The graduate program is replacing a research methods course with another that is qualitative. The justification was a qualitative course fit the needs of the program.

This request passed unanimously.

B. Form 91A - Request for Change in Academic Program: Speech-language Pathology

The graduate program changed the number of hours required in both the thesis and non thesis options. Changes were made to align the curriculum with professional standards, and students would have a more comprehensive and logically presented program.

This request passed unanimously.

C. Form 91A - Request for Change in Academic Program: Biological Sciences 3+2

The graduate program dropped the 3+2 option. This program was not being utilized by faculty or students.

This request passed unanimously.

D. Form 91A - Request for Change in Academic Program: Biological Sciences

The graduate program dropped the option in biotechnology management. This has been replaced by a separate professional Master's degree in biotechnology management.

This request passed unanimously.

E. Form 91A - Request for Change in Academic Program: Nursing HCNA

F. Form 91A - Request for Change in Academic Program: Nursing NE

The graduate program in nursing requested approval to offer two programs online, the Health Care and Nursing Administrator and the Nurse Educator.

These requests passed unanimously.

G. Program Review: Art Studio

Art Studio was rated Exemplary in the internal review and In Good Standing in the external review. Overall comments about the program praised the faculty and the program content. The only problem was both the condition and lack of space. There was discussion about "stacked courses" in which the undergraduate course and graduate courses were being taught simultaneously.

Liz Lebron felt that asking graduate students to do more work in 400/500 level cross-listed courses was not enough. The scope of the material should have a broader focus. Rakesh Bharati felt that stacked courses can work well if the students receive enough one on one instruction. Marcus Agustin felt that the expectations should be different between undergraduate and graduate education, and had reservations about the wisdom of stacked courses.

This report was accepted unanimously.

H. Program Review: Music

Music was rated In Good Standing by the internal review panel. The faculty and students were praised for the program. The problem was space and condition of the facility. There was a lot of discussion about the need for a new concert hall.

This report was accepted unanimously.

V. Report of the Educational and Research Policies Committee

A. Export Control Policy

Christa Johnson announced that Jeff McLellan, University Legal Counsel, addressed the ERP at the March meeting. SIUE needs to determine what exports are included in the federal definitions. The guidelines come from three different agencies and change frequently, causing the need for institutions to check all lists before proceeding. Researchers at SIUE have relied upon the "Fundamental Research Exclusion." This states that information disseminated for public use is in the public domain and is therefore excluded. Johnson stated that the University needs to know where it can rely upon exclusions to the policy. Restrictions on publication would destroy exclusion.

Bharati felt that if a faculty member uses information in the public domain to create something in the public domain, the exclusion should apply.

The Council discussed whether the policy would affect the acceptance of international students from countries who are on the agencies' lists of prohibited information exchange.

The Council accepted the ERP's draft of the revised U. S. Export Control Laws and Research at SIUE policy as submitted.

VI. Continuing Business

A. RCR

The Council reviewed the revised policy, which is as follows:

SIUE Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) Training

NSF's Implementation of Section 7009 of the America COMPETES Act requires that institutions in receipt of NSF funds provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research for undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who are supported by NSF to conduct research. This law was published in the Federal Register Vol. 74, No. 160, Thursday, August 20, 2009 (see http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E9-19930.pdf).

SIUE is committed to excellence in Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) education for all undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students. SIUE will implement the following University-wide Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) Training program:

As of July 1, 2010, all undergraduate and graduate students paid by internal or external research grants will complete the following core curriculum:

Core Curriculum:

1. CITI module-based online RCR training and certification.*

2. Attendance at Annual Graduate School Summer RCR Workshop.

3. Graduate Students paid by internal or external research grants must also participate in Graduate Student Orientation, which will include RCR Training.

* Individual department courses can be certified to replace the above CITI certification and training. Requests for course RCR certification should be directed to the Associate Dean for Research in the Graduate School.

Mentoring:

Faculty leading internally or externally sponsored research projects are encouraged to utilize the online and other materials and resources provided in the Graduate School Guidelines for RCR Mentoring on NSF Awards (see attached).

Documentation and Recordkeeping:

The Graduate School will retain all documentation related to the Core Curriculum.

Erin Timpe asked whether this requirement is for all students who participate in research. Hansen felt that #3 should be deleted as redundant. Mike Shaw reminded the Council that those students who fall under #3 may or may not be graduate assistants. #2 was changed to "Attendance at periodic Graduate School RCR Workshops."

Rakesh Bharati made a motion to approve the policy as amended; Marcus Agustin seconded. The motion passed unanimously

VII. New Business

Bharati asked for an update on the University's fiscal situation. Hansen replied that SIUE has received $14 M in the last ten days. SIUE is confident that it will meet payroll for the remainder of the fiscal year. The governor's budget for FY11 includes an approximate 7.8% cut. Nevertheless, the University will continue to conduct faculty searches. Additionally, research money will continue to be paid through the Graduate School. Hansen is taking steps to preserve the infrastructure of faculty funding through ICR funds. Liz Lebron announced that she spoke to the Chancellor regarding the inadvisability of cutting graduate assistants to save money.

VIII. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 3:03 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

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

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