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PROGRAMS COMMITTEE

Minutes of
October 18th, 2006

MEMBERS PRESENT: Daniel Dooly, Jean Harrison, Steve Hansen, Shunfu Hu, John Hunt, Steve Kerber, Stephanie McAndrews, Steve McCommas, Michael Moore, Barbara O'Donnell, Allen Otsuka, Michael Shaw, Chair, Jay Starratt, Laura Strom, Duff Wrobbel

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Rita Arras, Melissa Thomaczek

GUESTS: Christa Johnson, Assistant Dean, Graduate School
Craig Miner, Assistant Professor, Special Education and Communication Disorders
Mary Weishaar, Assistant Dean, School of Education

I. Announcements

Christa Johnson announced that she has been co-organizing the "Metropolitan St. Louis Regional Grants Conference," scheduled to take place over the course of two days, January 10th and 11th, 2007, at SIUE and Washington University consecutively. The guest speakers include Tom Cooley and Richard Buckius from the NSF, and several representatives from the USDA, Department of Energy, NIH, Army Corps of Engineers, and NEH. There are a number of activities for Humanities faculty on both conference days as well as panel discussions related to foundation and corporate support and tech transfer.

Steve Hansen announced that Project SAGE is moving forward. He also announced that the Graduate Council will be receiving a new program request for an interdisciplinary master's degree in Systems Engineering. The Programs Committee will need to appoint a subcommittee to review the proposal.

II. Minutes of September 20th, 2006

The minutes were accepted as submitted.

III. Form 91A - Special Education

The graduate program wishes to include a retention requirement that states, "Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in all course work leading to the master's degree in Special Education. Students must also obtain a B or better in EPFR 501 Research Methods and Obtain a B or better on the research paper requirement in that course."

Michael Moore made a motion to accept the proposal; Jean Harrison seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

IV. Form 91A - Literacy Education

The graduate program wishes to change its admission criteria to include test scores, and set retention standards of earning a B or better in each course. Other retention standards include passing Literacy Notebooks, disposition papers, and the Reading Specialist Content Test. It wishes to clarify its requirements and match the language with the proposed Post-Master's Certificate in Literacy Specialist.

The committee felt that 1200+ was a bit high for a GRE score. Stephanie McAndrews agreed to strike out the number required and ask for "competitive" scores in a friendly amendment to the text. Additionally, the committee pointed out the necessity of changing the word "all" to "each" under retention standards, as in "Must earn a minimum of B or 3.0 or above (A=4.0) in each course."

Duff Wrobbel made a motion to accept the proposal with the amendments specified; Barbara O'Donnell seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

V. Form 91A - Literacy Education: Post-Master's Certificate: Literacy Specialist

This proposal was developed in response to the requirement of the Illinois State Board of Education requirement that all teachers must complete an approved program of study to earn reading specialist certification. SIUE is the only approved reading specialist program in Southern Illinois. Students who have already received their master's degree are currently taking these required courses as unclassified students. It would be beneficial for the School of Education to get credit for these students by bringing them into a School of Education program. The proposed certificate is the same as the master's program in literacy education, but without the professional core course or the capstone experience. The program does not anticipate needing additional faculty in the immediate future, but will eventually need them as the program grows.

In response to Shunfu Hu's question about requiring test scores for admittance, McAndrews determined that they were not necessary and struck the requirement from the text. The committee suggested that Literacy Education change the retention standards regarding receiving a B in "each" course as specified above.

John Hunt made a motion to accept the proposal with the amendments specified; Duff Wrobbel seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

VI. Three Year Review - Biotechnology Management

The Biotechnology Management graduate program has admitted four students since its inception, one of whom has graduated. Although there are a lot of applicants, the main reason for not accepting more students is the program's inability to guarantee that there will be internships for the Professional Master's candidates. Local businesses are reluctant to promise a spot to an unknown student. The program director has tried a number of strategies to solve this dilemma, including working with the Career Development Center and using a graduate assistant to search for internship opportunities. Without funding for a director and secretary to serve this program, there are no personnel dedicated to solving this impasse.

Jean Harrison made a motion to accept the report; Mike Moore seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

VII. Old Business

Dean Hansen asked for an update on the five graduate program reviews that are in progress. The Mechanical Engineering graduate program review subcommittee has met and divided up the tasks, including four hours of faculty interviews. The Computer Science graduate program review subcommittee has conducted interviews. That of Electrical Engineering has arranged faculty interviews. The Civil Engineering graduate program review subcommittee has met, and the Physics graduate program review subcommittee has started interviews, and will see students in class tonight.

VIII. New Business

There was no new business.

IX. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 1:52 PM.

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