September 27, 2012
MEMBERS PRESENT: Marcus Agustin, Kathy Behm, Marietta Bell-Scriber, Steffany Chleboun, Nicholas Guehlstorf, Andrea Hester, Koung Hee Leem, Leah O’Brien, Gertrude Pannirselvam (Chair), Joe Schober, Doug Simms for Dave Duvernell, Jerry Weinberg, Terry Yan
MEMBERS EXCUSED: Scott Belobrajdic, Poonam Jain, Ron Schaefer
GUESTS: Lynn Maurer, Associate Dean, The Graduate School
Susan Morgan, Acting Associate Dean, The Graduate School
A. 2012-13 Academic Year Charge to the Graduate Council
Associate Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, Jerry Weinberg, gave an overview of the issues facing graduate education, research, and enrollment at SIUE. This PowerPoint presentation is available at: http://www.siue.edu/graduate/council/Graduate_Council_Goals_2102_2013.pdf.
B. Course Review Committee (CRC) Report (June-July-August)
The Course Review report was posted on the SharePoint site.
C. Graduate School Announcements
Associate Dean Maurer announced that the deadlines for the competitions for the Research Grants for Graduate Students, the Outstanding Thesis Award, and the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award are coming up. Acting Associate Dean Morgan announced that the STEP Award applications are due next Friday. Additionally, clarification of guidelines regarding conference and workshop applications is coming soon. Travel grant applications need to be in two weeks prior to travel. There is a new form for export control compliance. The Graduate School is setting up a task force to check compliance. There is a committee in place to address any issues regarding Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI).
D. Other Announcements
Gertrude Pannirselvam reminded the Council members that they have 90 days to take the training to be in compliance with the Open Meetings Act. They should send the certificate to Vicki Kruse in University Governance.
II. Approval of Minutes of May 4, 2012
The minutes were approved unanimously.
III. Report of the Executive Committee
The committee met and discussed the visibility of the Graduate Council. The committee also proposed that the Council meets at 2:30 on the third Thursday of each month in the spring semester. Members were asked to e-mail Pannirselvam if this presents a problem. The operating papers of the Graduate Committee on Assessment (GCOA) state that GCOA reports go to the Programs Committee. The chair of the committee, Wai Cheah, will attend the November 29th meeting of the Graduate Council to give a short presentation on GCOA since this will be this committee’s first report. (After this, GCOA will send reports to the Programs Committee.) The Executive Committee also discussed the visibility of the Graduate Council and knowledge of its work. Pannirselvam reiterated that the Council members are representing graduate faculty from their departments or schools. Council members should make an effort to share the decisions that are made by the Council with these constituents.
IV. Report of the Programs Committee
A. Form 91A – Psychology (SOE-12-806)
The graduate program wishes to replace one of its electives with a required course, PSYC 584 (Evidence-Based Practices in Autism Spectrum Disorders). This will “address an important public health need of students in Illinois schools affected by ASDs,” since the occurrence of ASD is on the rise. Additionally, requiring the course is advisable due to significant upcoming changes to the DSM-V Diagnostic manual regarding the diagnoses of autism disorders. There are no adverse effects on faculty or budget. The requested effective date is Summer of 2013.
B. Form 91A – Special Education MSEd (SOE-12-803)
The graduate program wishes to increase its credit hour requirements for the Master of Science in Education in the Second Certificate in Special Education (Learning Behavior Specialist I certificate) from 36 to 39 for candidates who are presently employed as teachers. Students may take up to 6 credit hours of the field study. The additional course is SPE 578 (Advanced Field Study). This will “meet revised national accreditation requirements.” There are no adverse effects on faculty or budget. The requested effective date is Summer of 2012.
C. Form 91A – Special Education PM (SOE-12-804)
The graduate program wishes to increase its credit hour requirements for the Post Master’s Certificate in the Second Certificate in Special Education (Learning Behavior Specialist I certificate) from 24 to 27 for candidates who are presently employed as teachers. Students may take up to 6 credit hours of the field study. The additional course is SPE 578 (Advanced Field Study). There are no adverse effects on faculty or budget. The requested effective date is Summer of 2012.
D. Form 91A – Mathematics (CAS-09-256)
The graduate program wishes to clarify the requirements for double majors “consistent with [its] program description and with the Graduate School policy.” It specifies that “Six to nine hours of the electives may be waived for students who complete a double major. These students must complete at least 9 hours of 500-level mathematics, statistics, or operations research courses, not counting the thesis or research paper.” There are no adverse effects on faculty or budget. The requested effective date is “asap.”
E. Form 91A – Industrial Engineering (ENR-12-02)
The graduate program wishes to add a research project to the non-thesis option and replace the written exam on course work by an oral exam on the project. The project is ‘0’ credit hours. There are no adverse effects on faculty or budget. The requested effective date is Spring of 2013.
F. Form 91A – Nursing: Health Care & Nursing Administration (SON-G-12-30)
The graduate program wishes to increase practicum hours and reduce didactic hours by converting one half credit hour of NURS 590 and 592 to require 45 practicum hours, and converting 1 credit hour into 90 practicum hours for NURS 591. The increased practicum hours will “improve student knowledge and application of advanced nurse administration skills.” There are no adverse effects on faculty or budget. The requested effective date is Spring of 2013.
G. Form 91A – Nursing: Nurse Educator (SON-G-12-31)
The graduate program wishes to increase practicum hours and reduce didactic hours by converting one credit hour of NURS 582 and 586 to require 90 practicum hours. The increased practicum hours will “improve student knowledge and application of advanced nurse educator skills.” There are no adverse effects on faculty or budget. The requested effective date is Spring of 2013.
Steffany Chleboun made a motion to adopt the resolution from the Programs Committee; Nicholas Guehlstorf seconded. The motion passed with 10 ayes and one abstention.
V. Report of the Research Policies (ERP) Committee
A. Responsible Conduct in Research Training
The text modified in the policy to address this is:
“Per the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) “Requirement for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research,” each recipient of an applicable NIH grant will develop with his/her mentor a plan to meet the required contact hours of instruction. This plan must be submitted to the Office of Research and Projects (ORP) for review and approval. Proof of completion of each element of the plan must be submitted to ORP.” The CITI online training that is currently in place counts as a portion of the 8 hours.
B. Graduate Emeritus Policy
The policy, which was last updated in 1990, includes a provision in item #2 that graduate faculty emeritus must re-apply for that status every five years. That requirement was dropped. Additionally, graduate faculty emeritus were not required to seek temporary approval to teach graduate courses, but that language was redundant. Item #2 was replaced by, “Individuals who are accorded Emeritus Graduate Faculty status may teach graduate level courses with the approval of the department chair.”
Joe Schober made a motion to adopt the resolution from the ERP. The motion passed with 8 ayes and one abstention. (Two Council members left between votes.)
VI. Continuing Business
There was no continuing business.
VII. New Business
A. Election of Vice Chair/Chair-elect
Joe Schober nominated Steffany Chleboun to serve. Chleboun accepted the nomination. The nominations were closed.
Steffany Chleboun was elected to serve as Vice Chair/Chair-elect with 8 ayes and one abstention.
Marcus Agustin made a motion to adjourn; Gertrude Pannirselvam seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
The meeting adjourned at 4:06 PM.
Gertrude Pannirselvam, Chair of the Graduate Council and
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