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PROGRAMS COMMITTEE

Minutes of
January 19th, 2007

MEMBERS PRESENT: Scott Belobrajdic, Gary Denue for Jay Starratt, Daniel Dooly, Steve Hansen, Jean Harrison, Shunfu Hu, John Hunt, Steve Kerber, Steve McCommas, Michael Moore, Barbara O'Donnell, Michael Shaw, Chair, Melissa Thomeczek,

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Rita Arras, Stephanie McAndrews, Allen Otsuka, Laura Strom, and Duff Wrobbel

GUESTS: Laura Bernaix, Associate Professor, Nursing
Jackie Clement, Graduate Program Director, Nursing
Christa Johnson, Assistant Dean, Graduate School
William Vogler, Chair, Kinesiology and Health Education

I. Announcements

There were no announcements.

II. Minutes of November 15th, 2006

The minutes were accepted as submitted.

III. Form 91A - Nursing: All specializations, admission and program of study (SoN-G-07-1)

The graduate program wishes to add a graduate statistics course to the program requirements for the three specializations, Health Care and Nursing Administration (HCNA), Nurse Anesthesia (NA), and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). It also wishes to revise the graduate program student outcomes and the progression plans, and replace the 6-credit Thesis/Project requirement with a no-credit terminal project for all students. It also wishes to add an undergraduate science GPA of 3.0 or better to the list of admission criteria for the FNP and HCNA specialties, and add an admission interview as a requirement for admission of the FNP and HCNA majors and for the Post-Master's Certificate applicants.

Statistics content has been included in the course, Advanced Nursing Research. However Nursing wishes to remove that content and have the students complete a 3-credit statistics course and a 1-credit computer lab so that the students will go into more depth in their statistics content. The proposed change will better prepare students to complete the Advanced Nursing Research course and will also prepare Nurse Practitioner students to complete the epidemiology course.

An admission interview in the FNP and HCNA specializations will provide more data on the applicants in the competitive field of nursing education. The requirement of an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better in science will bring the FNP and HCNA specializations in line with Nurse Anesthesia. This change will also better prepare students for their course demands.

The graduate program in Nursing informed the Programs Committee that accrediting bodies for their profession do not want masters' students to write theses. Although they approve of research, they prefer that that type of academic work be reserved for the doctoral degree so that graduate students can concentrate on learning clinical skills within an evidence-based practice. In place of the Thesis/Project, Nursing wishes to require the no-credit capstone experience of developing and submitting a manuscript for consideration for publication. This experience would begin early in their graduate career and be included in the course content of each semester.

The no-credit capstone experience raised many questions. Dan Dooly commented that this change does not really shorten the graduate program, but changes the bookkeeping. Jackie Clement felt that they didn't want to charge more tuition than students are already paying in lengthy graduate programs. Steve Kerber commented that students may not wish to write a manuscript for which they would not receive credit.

Michael Shaw made a motion to consider the exit requirement to be the successful completion of the capstone course. The motion passed unanimously.

Michael Moore made a motion to accept the proposal as amended; Gary Denue seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

IV. Form 91A - Nursing: Post-Master's Certificate in Health Care and Nursing (SoN-G-07-2)

The graduate program wishes to change the number of required credit hours from 25 semester hours to 22-35 semester hours and to add an admission interview as a requirement for admission. The rationale for changing to a program of study with variable credit hours is to accommodate students with a variety of master's degree courses in their academic history. This change will avoid making students take duplicate courses.

Melissa Thomaczek made a motion to accept the request; John Hunt seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

V. Form 91A - Nursing: Post-Master's Certificate in Nurse Anesthesia (SoN-G-07-3)

The graduate program wishes to change the number of required credit hours from 52 semester hours to 41-72 semester hours. The rationale for changing to a program of study with variable credit hours is to accommodate students with a variety of master's degree courses in their academic history. This change will avoid making students take duplicate courses.

Melissa Thomaczek made a motion to accept the request; John Hunt seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

VI. Form 91A - Nursing: Post-Master's Certificate in Nurse Practitioner (SoN-G-07-4)

The graduate program wishes to change the number of required credit hours from 28 semester hours to 20-54 semester hours. The rationale for changing to a program of study with variable credit hours is to accommodate students with a variety of master's degree courses in their academic history. This change will avoid making students take duplicate courses. The program also wishes to add an admission interview.

Melissa Thomaczek made a motion to accept the request; John Hunt seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

VII. Form 91A - Nursing: Professional Development Sequence - Oncology (SoN-G-07-5)

The graduate program wishes to offer a 12 semester hour Professional Development Sequence (PDS) in Oncology to provide basic graduate level knowledge in oncology because credentialed oncology nurses are in short supply. Courses taken as part of the PDS will also satisfy a portion of the requirements for the Oncology certification exam. Students are admitted in fall only.

Daniel Dooly made a motion to accept the request with minor revisions; John Hunt seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

VIII. Form 91A - Nursing: Professional Development Sequence - Pain Management (SoN-G-07-6)

The graduate program wishes to offer a 12 semester hour Professional Development Sequence (PDS) in Pain Management to provide basic graduate level knowledge because credentialed pain management nurses are in short supply. Courses taken as part of the PDS will also satisfy a portion of the requirements for the Pain Management certification exam. Students are admitted in fall only.

Daniel Dooly made a motion to accept the request with minor revisions; John Hunt seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

IX. Program Review Update: Kinesiology

The graduate program is making plans to change its options to specializations in exercise physiology, sport and exercise behavior, sport management, and adapted physical education. To meet this need, faculty "have been developing experimental courses in the various programs in preparation of having them become central to the new specializations." It hopes to have these changes in place by the fall semester of 2008. Furthermore, three of the four options are not education in nature. The graduate program is therefore considering changing the degree to a Master of Science instead of keeping the Master of Science in Education. The program also has three outdated or inactive graduate programs: a post-baccalaureate certificate program, a professional development sequence, and an option in pedagogy. The paperwork to drop these items has been forwarded to the School of Education.

The graduate program in Kinesiology has also revised its mission statement: "The mission of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education is to contribute to the enhancement of a healthy and active society through the professional preparation of undergraduate students in the fields of exercise and wellness, physical education, and school and community health education. Graduate education will provide a more advanced and focused study to enable students to serve in leadership roles in exercise physiology, sport and exercise behavior, sport management, and adapted physical education. It is the intention of the faculty of the department to serve as a resource to the greater metropolitan community as well as state and national venues through exceptional teaching, scholarship and service activities."

Jean Harrison made a motion to approve the report; Barbara O'Donnell seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

X. Three Year Review: Literacy Education

The Literacy Education graduate program began admitting students in the fall of 2005. At that time 59 of their 62 students were transfers from the elementary education graduate program. Since then ten students have graduated and are employed as reading specialists or classroom teachers. Area administrators have requested that Literacy Education graduates apply to be reading specialists in their school districts, and are encouraging their own teachers to enter the program. Although there is a high demand for this specialized set of skills, other area colleges are competing with SIUE for students by developing their own "on-line, shortened, and/or less expensive programs for reading teacher certification." SIUE is the "only place that offers [reading specialist certification] in the region." The program needs additional qualified faculty, better access to clinic rooms for tutoring, and it needs to continue to increase enrollment to 15-20 new graduate students each fall.

Gary Denue made a motion to accept the report; Michael Moore seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

XI. Old Business

Michael Moore reported that the program review report on Mechanical Engineering was in the draft stage and would be sent to the department by Tuesday. The Civil Engineering interviews are scheduled for next week. The Computer Science program review subcommittee hopes to have a draft of the report to the department next week. Barb O'Donnell said that her subcommittee sent a draft of their report to the Electrical Engineering chair and program director and hit a few "snags." They are revising the report. Dan Dooly announced that his subcommittee is about to begin writing the report on the Physics program review.

XII. New Business

There was no new business.

XIII. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 12:18 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Stephen L. Hansen
Associate Provost for Research and
Dean, Graduate School

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