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GRADUATE COUNCIL

Minutes of

February 18, 2011

MEMBERS PRESENT: Marcus Agustin, Sarah Bailey, Rakesh Bharati (Chair), Steffany Chleboun, Dean Cody for Linda Carlisle, Dave Duvernell, Carole Frick, Poonam Jain, Gertrude Pannirselvam, Michael Shaw, Mariana Solares, Jerry B. Weinberg, Terry Yan

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Scott Belobrajdic, Roberta Harrison, Joe Schober,

MEMBERS ABSENT: Shan Lu

GUESTS: Denise Cobb, Director, Office of Assessment
Allan Ho, Chair, Course Review Committee
Christa Johnson, Associate Dean, Office of Research and Projects
Lynn Maurer, Associate Dean, The Graduate School

I. Announcements

A. Report of the Course Review Committee (CRC) - Informational

The report was distributed.

B. Other Announcements

Christa Johnson announced that January 21st is the deadline for the applications for the Distinguished Research Professor Award. Hoppe applications are due to the units by January 28th and to the Graduate School by February 28th. The Vaughnie Lindsay New Investigator Award applications are due to the unit by March 4th and to the Graduate School by April 2nd. The New Directions initiative has gotten a good response.

It's not too late to register for the LINC conference, which will take place on February 24-25th. LINC has confirmed commitments from program officers from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). So far, there are 200 participants.

Lynn Maurer announced that the Graduate School is extending its deadline for posters for the Student Symposium.

Acting Associate Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School Jerry Weinberg shared a handout on collecting graduate data that he presented to the Student Affairs Council. There are currently 1861 graduate students enrolled this semester. He also announced that the applications for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and the Doctor of Education in Educational Administration (EdD) will be available online this semester.

II. Allan Ho, Chair, Course Review Committee (CRC)

Professor Ho has been on the Course Review Committee (CRC) since 1994, and has been the chair since 1999. Professor Ho discussed the criteria by which the CRC reviews the form 90s. The CRC originally met in person but the process has been streamlined. Now the CRC does business all year round by using e-mail. The CRC is an advisory committee to the Dean of the Graduate School. Any questions about a course request form are relayed to Tammy Smart in the Graduate School, who then contacts the graduate program for clarification.

On the Graduate Council website, CRC is listed as a committee of the Graduate Council, although it is really an advisory committee to the Dean. Chris Kessler will adjust the web site. Rakesh Bharati suggested that the Executive Committee discuss how all the committees relate to the Graduate Council.

III. Approval of Minutes of December 17, 2010

The minutes were approved as submitted unanimously.

IV. Report of the Executive Committee

The Executive Committee did not meet.

V. Report of the Programs Committee

A. Form 91A - Biological Sciences (CAS-10-55)

The graduate program wishes to change the program of study in both the thesis and non-thesis plans to require taking BIOL 592-1 (Graduate Colloquium in Biology) at least three times. The elective course hours are reduced correspondingly. This would enable graduate students to learn from a variety of guest speakers and may help to establish a "master's culture." The program offers substitutions if students are unable to attend the Monday afternoon colloquia. There are no effects on budget or faculty. The effective date was changed to the fall of 2011.

B. Form 91A - Instructional Technology (SOE-10-694)

The graduate program wishes to allow its students the choice of taking EPFR 501 (Research Methods in Education) or EPFR 502 (Qualitative Inquiry in Education). Currently the program requires students to take EPFR 501, but feels that since many of its graduate students are teachers, "many teachers feel that qualitative inquiry is more consistent with reflective teaching practices than quantitative inquiry." There are no budgetary effects and faculty will not be affected. The program would like this change to be effective "as soon as possible."

C. Form 91A - Civil Engineering (ENR-10-11)

The graduate program wishes to create two Professional Development Sequences (PDSs) in sustainability engineering to "respond to the increasing demands of sustainable infrastructure in civil engineering professions," and to increase enrollment by attracting working professionals in the St. Louis metropolitan area. The PDSs would also help the graduate program remain competitive in this region, and would appeal to professional engineers who do not wish to earn a master's degree. The Programs Committee approved the 91A to create the PDS in Sustainable Infrastructure on September 16, 2010. This is the companion 91A that creates a PDS in Sustainable Planning.

D. Form 91A - Nursing (NURS-G-11-01)

The graduate program wishes to change the exit requirement from a manuscript of publishable quality to an electronic portfolio (which includes student reflection), a synthesis project and an oral presentation. The program feels that this will "better reflect the master's student outcomes and the respective area of nursing specialization of each individual student." There is no thesis option because the AACN does not require it. The doctoral degree is more a practice degree than a research degree. Lynn Maurer stated that the Graduate School supports this proposal and feels that it has sufficient rigor. The committee is comprised of two faculty members because of a workload issue.

E. Program Review Report - Nursing

The graduate program in nursing is excellent by any internal or external standards. The program review committee (Kevin Cannon, Chair, Wendy Fuchs, Min Liu, Yuliang Liu, Alison Reeves, Carol Wesley and Ken Witt) made six recommendations.

1. The faculty should consider whether the terminal project is the most appropriate instrument to properly measure student learning;

2. Students should be encouraged to make presentations at professional conference and appropriate support should be available;

3. The Simulated Learning Center (SLC) should be expanded;

4. The School of Nursing should work with the Office of Information Technology (OIT) to designate a liaison between the two entities;

5. The new Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) should be certified; and

6. Expand efforts to inform all faculty members of the way assessment data is used for continuous program improvement processes and encourage faculty member involvement in these processes.

The Nursing faculty responded to these recommendations. A request to change the terminal project is before the Programs Committee today. Instead of a publishable manuscript it will consist of an electronic portfolio (which includes student reflection), a synthesis project and an oral presentation. Students do attend conferences, gaining a lot. Funds are limited for providing travel funds. The nursing faculty would love to have a whole floor for the SLC. Space availability is an issue. The situation with ITS has improved since this recommendation was written. The current ITS liaison works on the entire building (Alumni Hall), not merely the School of Nursing unit. The DNP is certified by the CCNE. The School will contact within a year after the program begins to bring them a self study. Finally, the faculty has found a good way to disseminate knowledge about the assessment process.

The four 91A requests and the program review report were approved unanimously.

VI. Report of the Educational and Research Policies Committee

ERP will begin reviewing the policy for professional development sequences (PDSs). It intends to invite guests for whom the PDS is relevant. ERP also began to examine the Graduate Council Operating Papers, line by line.

VII. Continuing Business

Rakesh Bharati announced that the Graduate Council has had a representative from the School of Pharmacy for several years. The Faculty Senate did not have an up to date copy of the Graduate Council Operating Papers which reflect the inclusion of the School of Pharmacy. Bharati will suggest that the Faculty Senate web site links directly to the Graduate Council's always current web site.

VIII. New Business

There was no new business.

IX. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 9:42 AM.

Respectfully submitted,

Jerry B. Weinberg
Acting Associate Provost for Research and Dean,
The Graduate School

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