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GRADUATE COUNCIL

Minutes of

April 15, 2011

MEMBERS PRESENT: Marcus Agustin, Sarah Bailey, Linda Carlisle, Steffany Chleboun, Dave Duvernell, Poonam Jain, Gertrude Pannirselvam, Joe Schober, Michael Shaw (Acting Chair), Mariana Solares, Jerry Weinberg, Terry Yan

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Rakesh Bharati (Chair), Carole Frick, Roberta Harrison

MEMBERS ABSENT: Scott Belobrajdic, Shan Lu

GUESTS: Lynn Maurer, Associate Dean, The Graduate School

I. Announcements

Dean Weinberg announced that the emeriti event was well attended. He also reminded the Council that the elections for new members of the Research and Projects Advisory Board (RPAB) and the Research and Development (R&D) Committee will be held at the next Graduate Council meeting on May 6th. The winner of the Hoppe Award this year is Andrew Neath. The winner of the Lindsay award is to be determined. Lynn Maurer added that SIUE's Chelsea Vanderpool won an honorable mention in the Best Thesis award at the Mid America Graduate Schools competition. The Graduate Symposium was a success. Maurer thanked Sigma Xi and Phi Kappa Phi for their assistance in judging the winners for posters and paper presentations.

II. Approval of Minutes of March 25, 2011

Mike Shaw made a motion to approve the minutes; Gertrude Pannirselvam seconded. The minutes were approved unanimously.

III. Report of the Executive Committee

The Executive Committee did not meet.

IV. Report of the Programs Committee

A. Form 91A - CMIS (BUS-10-29)

B. Form 91A - Business Administration (BUS-10-30)

The graduate programs, that share a concentration in Project Management, wished to replace one of the electives, CMIS 572 (Rapid Application Development and Prototyping) with CMIS 548 (Program and Project Portfolio Management). The program has dropped 572 and feels that the material in 548 is more useful for the students. The program wishes this to be effective in Spring 2012.

The recommendation to approve this request from the Programs Committee passed unanimously.

C. Form 91A - Mathematics (CAS-10-88)

The graduate program wishes to convert its four options into specializations. The option in Mathematics would be known as Pure Mathematics; Statistics and Operations Research, Computational and Applied Mathematics and Postsecondary Mathematics Education would retain their names. The change will allow the area of expertise to be noted on the transcript and will help the program keep track of how many students are in each area. Renaming the Mathematics option/specialization will address a concern on a recent program review that the option was poorly named. The program wishes this to be effective in Fall 2011.

The recommendation to approve this request from the Programs Committee passed unanimously.

D. Form 91A - Educational Administration MSEd (SOE-11-698-A)

E. Form 91A - Educational Administration SD (SOE-11-698-B)

The Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Board of Higher Education have implemented new rules for all institutions of higher education that prepare principals. The new programs which must be in place by August 31, 2012 require major curricular changes and are meant to focus on how to promote academic achievement, how to meet the needs of special needs learners, and increased focus on P-12. The internship experience will be more intensive. The faculty loads will remain the same, however the new focus on internships will require more faculty visits to school sites, which will lead to some increase in travel reimbursement expenditures. The graduate program expects the number of graduate students to drop. Faculty may be teaching new courses but those would be within their areas of expertise. The program wishes this to be effective in Fall 2012.

The recommendation to approve this request from the Programs Committee passed unanimously.

F. Form 91A - Kinesiology: Exercise Physiology (SOE-10-653)

The graduate program wished to change the degree from MSEd to MS, and change this option to a specialization. Changing the option to a specialization will allow the graduate program to track its students for assessment and quality control feedback. It also wished to replace nine (9) of its courses, and omit 3 hours of credit for its non-thesis option. The non-thesis option will require 30 hours plus an internship of 100 hours and a comprehensive written exam based on the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist. This increases the rigor of the graduate program and the exam is also a requirement for accreditation by the ACSM. There are no anticipated adverse impacts on faculty or budget. The program wishes this change to be effective in Fall 2011.

The recommendation to approve this request from the Programs Committee passed unanimously.

G. Form 91A - Kinesiology: Sport and Exercise Behavior (SOE-10-675)

The graduate program wished to change the degree from MSEd to MS, and change this option to a specialization. The graduate program wished to change its program of study. It has clarified that students who elect the thesis option must present an oral defense of the thesis, and adds a culminating project for the non-thesis option to increase rigor. There are no anticipated adverse impacts on faculty or budget. The program wishes this change to be effective in Fall 2011.

The recommendation to approve this request from the Programs Committee passed unanimously.

H. Form 91A - Kinesiology: Pedagogy (SOE-10-680)

The graduate program wished to change its program of study. There are no anticipated adverse impacts on faculty or budget. The program wishes this change to be effective in Summer 2011.

The recommendation to approve this request from the Programs Committee passed unanimously.

I. Program Review - Instructional Technology

The internal review committee consisted of Thomas Jordan (chair), Department of Historical Studies, Chris Gordon, Department of Construction, Jia Jingyi, Department of Economics and Finance, and Trish Oberweis, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies.

The committee made the following recommendations:

  1. The IT graduate program must grow;
  2. Address the barriers to online competitiveness;
  3. Create a more uniform structure for advising students prior to the jury stage;
  4. Work to increase visibility at department, school, and university levels; and
  5. Have timely and adequate support for technological needs.

The recommendation to approve this report from the Programs Committee passed unanimously.

J. Program Review - Psychology

The internal review committee consisted of John Pendergast, English Language and Literature (chair), Lydia Jackson, Lovejoy Library, Ramana Madupalli, Management and Marketing, Sorin

Nastasia, Speech Communication, Nancy Ruff, English Language and Literature, and Ying Shang, Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The committee made the following recommendations:

  1. Increase availability of assistantships;
  2. Increase diversity in the graduate program; and
  3. Expand the department's space to add three labs, one classroom and one conference room, and purchase additional IQ and Achievement test kits.

The recommendation to approve this report from the Programs Committee passed unanimously.

V. Report of the Educational and Research Policies Committee

ERP will have material to review at the next meeting.

VI. Continuing Business

There was no continuing business.

VII. New Business

There was no new business.

VIII. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 9:58 AM.

Respectfully submitted,

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

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