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GRADUATE COUNCIL

Minutes of

April 23, 2012

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

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Mary Clabaugh, Roberta Harrison, Poonam Jain, Terry Yan

GUESTS: Lynn Maurer, Associate Dean, The Graduate School

I. Announcements

A. Course Review Committee Report (March)

The Course Review report was distributed on Blackboard.

B. Graduate School Announcements

There are five applications for the Vaughnie Lindsay Award. Andy Stefik was awarded a CARI grant to help him shore up his proposal for a resubmission of an external grant. The Research and Creative Activities publication should be publishes next month. Dean Weinberg congratulated Leah O'Brien on winning the Hoppe Research Professor award.

C. Graduate Dean and Associate Provost for Research Search

Marcus Agustin announced that the Provost has received the committee's recommendation.

D. Other Announcements

Rakesh Bharati announced that SIUE triumphed over Washington University in the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Cup competition. ACG is the premier global organization for professionals involved incorporate growth, corporate development, and mergers and acquisitions. This is the first time that WU has ever been beaten.

II. Approval of Minutes of February 17, 2012

Carole Frick made a motion to approve the minutes; Gertrude Pannirselvam seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

III. Approval of Minutes of March 12, 2012

Dave Duvernell made a motion to approve the minutes; Sarah Bailey seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

IV. Report of the Executive Committee

The committee will meet on April 30th.

V. Report of the Programs Committee

A. Program Review - Educational Administration

The strengths of this graduate program include how carefully the faculty responded to the 2004 program review. The faculty members are huge assets, with their experience and flexibility. The new EdD program continually received praise, and the program overall provided flexibility for students in the ability to take courses at satellites. Students were complimentary about the internships. In addition to the issue of faculty communication, there were problems with rigor, the assessment process, the advisement process, and the loss of 80% of students in the principalship program. Although the principalship program is highly regarded, it was forced to make changes by the accrediting agency which resulted in an unavoidable drop in enrollment. The Programs Committee felt that it is necessary to review the assessment procedure since the faculty "have varied opinions about the quality of assessment procedures…. In addition, all members of the program should be aware of all facets of assessment," which did not appear to be the case. There were also concerns about the lack of a qualitative course. This graduate program has been rated "flagged for priority review."

The Graduate Council approved the committee's recommendation unanimously.

B. Program Review - Kinesiology

The program needs to address its assessment process and asked for help from the Office of Innovation and Effectiveness. The rigor was called into question, partly due to a faculty survey wherein about half the faculty responded that the rigor was lacking. Students' perceptions also brought up this issue. The enrollment for the seminar class is thirty students. The internships need more oversight, and there are advising issues. The faculty seems to be divided between more and less experienced members, and the less experienced need guidance to provide quality advisement. The graduate program can be completed in 12 month, 18 month or 24 months. According to representatives from Kinesiology, the one year program is getting a lot of attention. The Programs Committee responded with concern regarding the rigor of a one-year program. This graduate program has been rated "flagged for priority review."

The Graduate Council approved the committee's recommendation unanimously.

C. Form 91A - Marketing Research (BUS-12-01)

The graduate program wishes to reduce the credit hours for those who do not have business backgrounds from 24 hours to 9 hours to avoid losing potential students who understand this requirement to make the program longer than it is, and also to reflect the real prerequisite needs of the incoming students. This change is not expected to affect enrollment. One marketing class and two other CBBK classes are enough. It also wishes to add a requirement for the internet based TOEFL exam.

D. Form 91A - Music Performance (CAS-11-70)

The graduate program has requested that its program of study be modified to include MUS 509 (a newly created course, Jazz Composition/Arranging) as a required course to meet the requirements of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), its accrediting body. The electives would be reduced correspondingly by 2 hours so that the program of study would remain at 32 semester hours.

E. Form 91A - Music/Voice and Piano (CAS-12-01)

The graduate program has requested that its program of study for its voice, choral conducting, and chamber music/accompanying options within its performance specialization be modified to include MUS 539 (Advanced Diction), a course which is already strongly recommended, as a required course to meet the requirements of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), its accrediting body. The electives would be reduced correspondingly by 2 hours so that the program of study would remain at 32 semester hours.

The Graduate Council approved requests C. through E. unanimously.

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

A. 1M6 - Guidelines for Faculty Exchange with Industry

ERP reviewed this policy and found no obvious deficiencies.

The Graduate Council approved this conclusion unanimously.

Kathy Behm pointed out that preceptors, hosts for internships for pharmacy students, should ideally be treated like visiting faculty members regarding library privileges as long as it is possible technologically and legally.

B. 5D2 - Local Funds Use and Regulation

This policy is no longer needed. The first paragraph conflicts with the policy of 5D1 (Policy Statement Covering Distribution of Indirect Cost Funds from Externally Sponsored Grants and Contracts). The rest of the policy addresses internal funding, which is superseded by more recent policies and programs. ERP recommended that the policy be rescinded.

The Graduate Council approved this recommendation unanimously.

C. Responsible Conduct in Research Training

The current policy requires a core curricula: CITI training and attendance at one workshop. Some students can't make the workshop. The committee considered three options. All options include CITI training. One option is to substitute one of the following for the workshop: a) an additional online training option; b) complete with a 'C' or better an approved for-credit course; or c) read and discuss at least one relevant published article. The second option is to allow the substitution of one of a.-c. for the workshop if desired, but to allow the workshop to be one of the choices. The committee recommends the third option: to eliminate the workshop and use CITI training only.

The Graduate Council approved this recommendation unanimously.

D. 1E1 - University Admission Policies

The language of the policy was updated to reflect the inclusion of the new doctoral degree programs. The committee also took out redundant language in the section on Admission of International Students.

E. 1F1 - Graduation Requirements

The language of the policy was updated to reflect the inclusion of the new doctoral degree programs.

F. 1L8 - Approval of Thesis or Dissertation Proposals and Research, and Research in Lieu of Thesis

The language of the policy was updated to reflect the inclusion of the new doctoral degree programs, including amending the title to reflect "Approval of Thesis or Dissertation Proposals and Research, Research in Lieu of Thesis or Dissertation."

G. 1L13 - Registration for Thesis Credit

The language of the policy was updated to reflect the inclusion of the new doctoral degree programs, which should refer to the exit requirement as "a thesis, dissertation/project, or such other required creative effort at the master's or doctoral level."

The Graduate Council approved items D. through G. unanimously.

H. Research and Development (R & D) Committee nominations

I. Research and Projects Advisory Board (RPAB) nominations

The Council asked for the CVs of the applicants to be moved to the GC BB course.

VII. Continuing Business

There was no continuing business.

VIII. New Business

There was no new business.

IX. Adjournment

Steffany Chleboun made a motion to adjourn; Gertrude Pannirselvam seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

The meeting adjourned at 9:58 A.M.

Respectfully submitted,

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

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