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Minutes of

October 12, 2011

MEMBERS PRESENT: Marcus Agustin (Chair), Kathy Behm, Scott Belobrajdic, Rakesh Bharati, David Duvernell, Carole Frick, Nicholas Guehlstorf, Roberta Harrison, Leah O'Brien, Gertrude Pannirselvam, Ron Schaefer, Joe Schober, Jerry Weinberg, Terry Yan

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Sarah Bailey, Steffany Chleboun, Poonam Jain

GUESTS: Christa Johnson, Associate Dean, Office of Research and Projects
Lynn Maurer, Associate Dean, The Graduate School

I. Announcements

A. Course Review Committee Report (June, July, August)

The Course Review report was distributed on Blackboard.

B. Other Announcements

Lynn Maurer reminded those present to spread the word about the Graduate School Open House that would take place the next day, Thursday, October 13th. Christa Johnson reminded Council members that STEP applications are due soon.

II. Approval of Minutes of September 9, 2011

Under item I.A., the phrase, "and travel support," was superfluous as it was covered elsewhere. It is to be eliminated.

The minutes were unanimously passed as amended.

III. Report of the Executive Committee

The committee met and its business was discussed under item VII.A.

IV. Report of the Programs Committee

A. Form 91A - Speech Communication

The graduate program wishes to exchange two courses in its interpersonal communication option: SPC 522 (Seminar in Family Communication) will replace 464 (Family Communication) and SPC 521 (Seminar in Computer Mediated Communication will replace 511 (Intercultural Communication). SPC 464 is not able to "cater to the needs of both undergraduate students and graduate students in the same class." Offering 522 in its place will improve "the rigor and quality of the scholarship" of the course. SPC 521 is "more in line with interpersonal communication concepts than intercultural communication." These changes will improve the rigor and relevance of the option.

The request passed unanimously.

B. Form 91A - Literacy Education

The graduate program currently offers its major in literacy education with no options. It wishes to offer two options, converting the current 33-hour program of study to a "literacy specialist" option and adding a "reading teacher" option. The literacy specialist candidates earn a reading specialist certificate, while the reading teacher candidates earn a reading teacher endorsement. Adding the reading teacher option "eliminates a barrier for some students" who may not have the two years of teaching experience required for admissions to literacy specialist option, and who wish to work with children who have difficulties with reading but do not want to provide professional development for teachers. Like the literacy specialist option, the reading teacher candidate requirements include field experiences and a clinic practicum. The curriculum of each requires the same 27 hours of core courses, however the reading teacher option also requires CI 513 (Literature across the Curriculum) and one 3 hour literacy-related elective. The literacy specialist requires the addition of CI 578 (Organization and Administration of Literacy Programs) and 591 (Current Issues and Trends in Literacy).

The request passed unanimously.

C. Form 91A - Learning, Culture and Society

The graduate program wishes to change the program of study within the SOE required courses and the area of emphasis (option). For the SOE courses, the heading would change from "School of Education Required Courses to "Education Focus Electives." LCS students select one of three possible areas of emphasis and choose 9 hours from a list corresponding to that emphasis. The graduate program wishes to drop the "assessment" area of emphasis and replace it with a "Gender and Education" emphasis due to a lack of interest in assessment, and a perceived interest in gender issues.

The request passed unanimously.

D. Form 91A - Kinesiology (Drop Special Physical Education)

The graduate program wishes to eliminate the Special Physical Education option due to a decreased demand overall for physical education graduates. There "was never much student demand for this area." There are currently no faculty members in the Kinesiology and Health Education department with expertise in this area, and concepts from the special education option have been integrated into the curricula of the Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy option. The students who were in this option have graduated.

The request passed unanimously.

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

A. Student Travel

The Graduate School proposed that the Graduate School's portion of funding for graduate student travel be increased from $300 to $500, and that the requirement for matching funds from the student's unit be dropped, although students are "encouraged to discuss potential supplemental sources of support with their departments and units." The limitation of one trip per year per student would also be dropped, although it retains the eligibility requirement that the applicant must be the "first author" (or exhibitor or performer) and who has been invited to present at a conference. It also proposes that "faculty members may accompany their graduate students to present shared research."

The proposal passed unanimously.

B. Faculty Travel

The Graduate School proposed that The Graduate School permanently suspend its matching requirement and clarified that travel outside the United States must have prior approval.

The proposal passed unanimously.

C. Admissions Policy 1E1 - ESL / Conditional Admission

One proposed amendment is to change the Office of Graduate and International Admissions to simply the Office of Admissions, as it is now known. It also wishes to add the acceptance of a certificate from an "authorized Intensive English Language Program (IELP) that verifies English language proficiency equivalent to a minimum 550 TOEFL score" for international applicants. The proposed policy also adds the category of "conditional admission" to the policy that allows international students to be "authorized for two academic terms" before meeting the TOEFL requirements, provided they meet all other requirements. Scott Belobrajdic announced that there is a committee working on further amendments to this policy.

The proposal passed unanimously.

D. Ad Hoc Committee on Doctoral Policies Confirmation

Marcus Agustin reported that Terry Yan will chair this committee. Christa Johnson is in the process of drafting a charge to the committee.

VI. Continuing Business

There was no continuing business.

VII. New Business

A. Search for Associate Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School

Acting Associate Provost Weinberg excused himself from this discussion.

Marcus Agustin reported that he had met with Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor Ann Boyle. As specified in University policy 2B1 ( the search committee shall consist of six faculty members chosen by the "School or College faculty," which in this case is the Graduate Council representing the graduate faculty, one faculty member chosen by the Provost, one faculty member chosen by the Faculty Senate President in consultation with the Provost, one professional staff or civil service member chosen by the University Staff Senate president in consultation with the Chancellor, one student chosen by the Student Senate, and one non-academic employee from the Graduate School.

The timeline developed would see the committee reviewing the earliest applications in December and conducting interviews by phone. The committee is allowed to bring 3-5 qualified candidates to campus for interviews in early spring.

The Council discussed several nominations to be considered for the six positions. It wishes to be as inclusive as possible when choosing from among the college and seven schools (Arts and Sciences, Business, Dental Medicine, Education, Engineering, Library Information Services, Nursing, Pharmacy). The Council would like to include graduate faculty from different ranks, i. e., assistant, associate and professors, represented on the committee. Present or past service on the Graduate Council or one of its committees is also desirable. The Graduate Council must give Provost Boyle the six names by October 31st. Boyle would like to meet with the committee soon after that to give them the charge.

Rakesh Bharati made a motion to close the nominations; Carole Frick seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Dave Duvernell suggested distributing the list and asking the Council member to give three or four choices, allowing the Executive Committee the flexibility to choose the final slate. Agustin asked the members to email him by the end of the next day. The Executive Committee would meet within the week to finalize the names.

VIII. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 10:20 A.M.

Respectfully submitted,

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

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