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PROGRAMS COMMITTEE

Minutes of
September 20th, 2006

MEMBERS PRESENT: Rita Arras, Daniel Dooly, Jean Harrison, Steve Hansen, Shunfu Hu, John Hunt, Steve Kerber, Stephanie McAndrews, Steve McCommas, Michael Moore, Barbara O'Donnell, Michael Shaw, Chair, Laura Strom, Melissa Thomaczek, Duff Wrobbel

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Allen Otsuka, Jay Starratt

GUESTS: Sandra Bouman, Associate Professor, Music
Huei Li Chin, Assistant Professor, Music
Daryl Coan, Graduate Program Director, Music
Christa Johnson, Assistant Dean, Graduate School
Linda Perry, Professor, Music

I. Announcements

After introductions and welcoming the new members of the Programs Committee, Dean Stephen Hansen announced that there are three graduate programs that are due to give progress reports this year: Kinesiology, Educational Administration and Instructional Design and Learning Technologies. New programs must be reviewed after three years, therefore the Programs Committee will also be reviewing the new master's degrees in biotechnology management, environmental sciences management, literacy education, and the Master of Arts in Teaching. Hansen added that this year's program review subcommittees have met to begin conducting reviews on the graduate programs in physics, civil engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. The SAGE (Strategic Advancement of Graduate Education) Project is underway with $80,000 available to the College of Arts and Sciences to re-invigorate its graduate programs. The Graduate School is anticipating the creation of new post-baccalaureate certificates, master's degrees, and modifications as a result of the SAGE Project.

Dean Hansen noted that the purpose of the Programs Committee is to review the quality and rigor of proposals for modifications and for new graduate programs and certificates. The "Criteria for Quality Graduate Education," which will guide the members in decision-making, will be handed out at the next meeting.

Mike Shaw handed out committee contact lists, and the policy on post-baccalaureate certificates.

II. Minutes of April 26th 2006

The minutes were accepted as submitted, with twelve ayes and one abstention.

III. Form 91A - Request for change in Academic Program: Music: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy

The graduate program wished to add a post-baccalaureate certificate in vocal pedagogy. The certificate is designed for voice teachers who wish to advance their skills in pedagogy and literature. Since four of the required courses could be counted toward a master's degree, the certificate could be used as a marketing tool for the graduate program in music. Since the certificate would use courses which are already being taught, the program does not anticipate any budgetary constraints on offering this certificate. Professor Coan stated that this would be the only vocal pedagogy program in the area. The original requested effective date was fall of 2006. Dean Hansen suggested that the requested effective date be modified to Spring 2007.

This proposal, and the one below, have a 2.5 GPA admission requirement, which differs from the 2.8 GPA requirement for the MM program. Professor Coan did not see that as a difficulty since there are additional requirements to gain admission to the master's program. However, he agreed to amend the proposal to include information on acceptance into the MM program. The 'Program Clientele' section of both proposals was later amended to include, "All certificate courses except 440 and 500A could be applied toward the Master of Music. A successful audition for 540 level and placement exams in theory and history would be required for admission to the Master's program."

Jean Harrison made a motion to approve the request with the amendment referenced above; Michael Moore seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

IV. Form 91A - Request for change in Academic Program: Music: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Piano Pedagogy

The graduate program wished to add a post-baccalaureate certificate in piano pedagogy. The certificate is designed for piano teachers who wish to advance their skills in performance, pedagogy, literature, and theory. Since four of the required courses could be counted toward a master's degree, the certificate could be used as a marketing tool for the graduate program in music. Since the certificate would use courses which are already being taught in addition to one new course, the program does not anticipate any budgetary constraints on offering this certificate. Professor Coan stated that this would be the only piano pedagogy program in the area. The original requested effective date was fall of 2006. Dean Hansen suggested that the requested effective date be modified to Spring 2007.

The 'Program Clientele' section was later amended to include, "All certificate courses except 440 and 500A could be applied toward the Master of Music. A successful audition for 540 level and placement exams in theory and history would be required for admission to the Master's program." (See vocal pedagogy proposal above.)

Duff Wrobbel made a motion to approve the request with the amendment referenced above; John Hunt seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

V. Old Business

There was no old business.

VI. New Business

There was no new business.

VII. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 1:42 PM.