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PROGRAMS COMMITTEE

Minutes of
November 15th, 2006

MEMBERS PRESENT: Rita Arras, Scott Belobrajdic, Gary Denue for Jay Starratt, Daniel Dooly, Steve Hansen, Shunfu Hu, John Hunt, Stephanie McAndrews, Steve McCommas, Michael Moore, Barbara O'Donnell, Allen Otsuka, Michael Shaw, Chair, Laura Strom, Melissa Thomeczek, Duff Wrobbel

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Jean Harrison, Steve Kerber

GUESTS: David DeWeese, Graduate Program Director, Teaching
Laura Fowler, Assistant Professor, Historical Studies
Christa Johnson, Assistant Dean, Graduate School
Kevin Johnson, Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Jo Ellen Moore, Graduate Program Director, CMIS
Linda Morice, Graduate Program Director, Educational Administration
Tim Schoenecker, Associate Dean, School of Business
Mary Weishaar, Assistant Dean, School of Education

I. Announcements

Laura Strom introduced Scott Belobrajdic, the new Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management. Ms. Strom has been attending meetings of the Graduate Council and the Programs Committee while waiting for the position to be filled. Mr. Belobrajdic will attend meetings of the Graduate Council instead of Ms. Strom in the future.

II. Minutes of October 18th, 2006

The minutes were accepted after a correction was made to reflect that Michael Moore had seconded one of the motions instead of Michael Shaw.

III. Form 91A - History / Museum Studies (CAS-05-127)

The graduate certificate program wishes to allow its students to take IDLT courses as electives to enhance their marketability in the museum profession.

Melissa Thomaczek made a motion to approve the request; Dan Dooly seconded. The request passed unanimously.

IV. Three Year Review - Environmental Science Management

In his introduction to the report, Kevin Johnson wrote, "The Environmental Science Management program is a new kind of master's degree, a Professional Science Master's (PSM). The PSM is a degree in science or mathematics for students interested in a wider variety of career options than provided by current graduate programs in the sciences and mathematics and it prepares students for work in fields such as research management and technology transfer….

The challenges facing this program is (sic) that we need someone to maintain contact with local industry representatives. We can reestablish those that we currently have or had and then allow this person to help in the placement of interns. Currently, we are more discouraging to students than encouraging, when it comes to enrolling in this Professional Masters degree. With the addition of an additional faculty and/or staff member we could launch this program and increase its and SIUE's visibility."

Dean Hansen is working on FY 08 initiatives and has included a request for additional support for this program, including funds for a person to coordinate internships.

Duff Wrobbel made a motion to approve the report; John Hunt seconded. The report was approved unanimously.

V. Three Year Review - MAT

The Curriculum and Instruction department receives a high number of inquiries about the Master of Arts in Teaching program, and although several changes were implemented in its first year, it remains a rigorous program that fulfills a need in the region. David DeWeese said that they have a lower number for the current cohort than expected, but that may be due to the program's rigorous admission standards. Regarding the competition, DeWeese wrote, "… we continue to face competition from competing teacher preparation programs that have proliferated in the Metro-East area in recent years. Many of these programs offer expedient pathways to employment, pathways we are not willing to follow."

Allen Otsuka made a motion to approve the report; Barbara O'Donnell seconded. The report was approved unanimously.

VI. Progress Report - Education Administration

As has happened in the MAT program, competition for qualified students in the Educational Administration graduate program has increased. The graduate program has taken steps to address concerns raised in 2004 during the last program review cycle. Those concerns included low admission standards, a need to revise the exit portfolio to "better illustrate student research and writing skills," access to smart classrooms, forming a "vision for the program" that surpassed the NCATE standards, increasing rigor, and monitoring adjunct faculty.

John Hunt made a motion to approve the report; Melissa Thomaczek seconded. The report was approved unanimously.

VII. Form 91A - Educational Administration: 39 to 36 hours (SOE-06-246)

The graduate program wishes to cancel the change that it made in 2005-06 which would have increased the required program credit hours from 36 to 39, which would have introduced a redundancy. In addition, the program wishes to remove the requirement that applicants have two years of teaching experience. This prerequisite has been detrimental to the number of applications to the program. The students receive the two years of experience to meet the ISBE teaching standard while they are in the program.

Michael Moore made a motion to approve the request; Stephanie McAndrews seconded. The request passed unanimously.

VIII. Form 91A - Educational Administration: General Adm. (SOE-06-243)

The program wishes to remove the requirement that applicants have two years of teaching experience. This prerequisite has been detrimental to the number of applications to the program. The students receive the two years of experience to meet the ISBE teaching standard while they are in the program.

Allen Otsuka made a motion to approve the request; Melissa Thomaczek seconded. The request passed unanimously.

IX. Form 91A - Educational Administration: Superintendent (SOE-06-244)

The program wishes to remove the requirement that applicants have two years of teaching experience. This prerequisite has been detrimental to the number of applications to the program. The students receive the two years of experience to meet the ISBE teaching standard while they are in the program.

Duff Wrobbel made a motion to approve the request; Stephanie McAndrews seconded. The request passed unanimously.

X. Form 91A - Speech Language Pathology (SOE-06-239)

The graduate program wishes to drop SPPA 555 as a program requirement and add SPPA 547 as a program requirement. The course hours would be adjusted so that the student would not be required to take extra credit hours to earn the degree.

The committee requested amendments to correct typos on page 2 of the form 91A, and a re-ordering of the course numbers to reflect chronological order.

John Hunt made a motion to approve the request as amended; Dan Dooly seconded. The request passed unanimously.

XI. Form 91A - CMIS: Prerequisite (BUS-06-28)

The graduate program wishes to remove CMIS 462 as a prerequisite to enter the program.

Dan Dooly made a motion to approve the request; Melissa Thomaczek seconded. The request passed unanimously.

XII. Form 91A - CMIS: Fourth Option (BUS-06-27)

The graduate program wishes to include CMIS 230: Java as an acceptable prerequisite course to enter the program. This change will allow applicants to choose two of four (instead of three) programming languages to fulfill their application requirements.

Dan Dooly made a motion to approve the request; Melissa Thomaczek seconded. The request passed unanimously.

XIII. Form 91A - CMIS/MBA: Project Management concentration (BUS-06-22)

The MBA program and the CMIS graduate program wish to add a concentration (option) in Project Management. Six of the twelve hours of required courses are already being offered, and the School feels that it has significant expertise in this area. Students enrolled in this concentration will be required to meet the other retention and exit requirements for their graduate programs. This option would replace twelve of the fifteen hours of the required electives. The purpose of the proposed new option is to meet a demand in the market for qualified business professionals with project management skills. The graduate programs may consider offering a post-baccalaureate certificate in this field if this option is successful.

Steve McCommas made a motion to approve the request; Allen Otsuka seconded. The request passed unanimously.

XIV. Old Business

Dean Hansen asked for an update on the five graduate program reviews that are in progress.

Stephanie McAndrews reported that the Civil Engineering graduate program review subcommittee has met with the chair and will be interviewing students on December 6th. Michael Moore reported that the Mechanical Engineering graduate program review subcommittee conducted faculty interviews, got student questionnaires, and hopes to start writing the report soon. Dan Dooly reported that the Physics graduate program review subcommittee has gotten responses back. John Hunt reported that the Computer Science graduate program review subcommittee has completed faculty and student interviews, and are preparing to write the report. Barbara O'Donnell reported that the Electrical Engineering graduate program review subcommittee has conducted faculty interviews and student surveys. They will begin to write the report soon.

XV. New Business

There was no new business.

XVI. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 2:14 PM.

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