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PROGRAMS COMMITTEE
* UNAPPROVED *
Minutes of
April 20th, 2007

MEMBERS PRESENT: Gary Denue for Jay Starratt, Daniel Dooly, Jean Harrison, Shunfu Hu, John Hunt, Steve Kerber, Stephanie McAndrews, Michael Moore, Barbara O'Donnell, Allen Otsuka, Michael Shaw, Chair, Melissa Thomaczek, Duff Wrobbel

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Rita Arras, Scott Belobrajdic, Steve Hansen, Steve McCommas

GUESTS: Otkay Alkin, Chair, Electrical Engineering
Laurell Puchner, Graduate Program Director, Learning, Culture and Society

I. Announcements

Mike Shaw announced that the program review reports for Civil Engineering and Physics have been delayed until September.

II. Minutes of March 16th, 2007

The minutes were accepted as submitted.

III. Form 91A - Learning, Culture, and Society (SOE-07-324)

The program wished to give students a choice between submitting GRE scores for admission, or those from the MAT. It also wished to require two letters of recommendation, a curriculum vitae or a list of professional experiences, and a written statement for the admission process. It wished to specify that the undergraduate GPA requirement may be waived for students who have received in more recent course work a GPA that demonstrates potential for success. These changes should help the program to make good decisions about whether or not to admit students to the program. Additionally, the program added a course to the list of options: ENG 581: Topics in Teaching English.

Duff Wrobbel made a motion to approve the request; Barbara O'Donnell seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

IV. Program Review Report: Electrical Engineering

The subcommittee consisted of Barbara O'Donnell, Chair, Gillian Acheson, and Duff Wrobbel. It wrote that "The Electrical Engineering Program, currently serving approximately 80 students, is multifaceted and is designed to accommodate a range of specializations that fall within the electrical engineering job market. Graduate students may concentrate their studies in one the following areas: Communication Systems, Digital Signal Processing, Integrated Circuit Design, Computer Vision and Image Processing, Control Systems, Power and Control Systems, and Computer Design. In addition to offering a thesis and non-thesis option in the standard graduate program of study, the program also offers a 3+2 or 5 year program leading to the Bachelor and Master of Science degrees." There are some class scheduling difficulties, due to faculty interest and expertise and the perception of student needs. Overall there are too few 500 level classes offered. The subcommittee recommended that the department normalize the rotation schedule of its graduate classes. It also recommended that the program make an effort to recruit more domestic and female students.

Additionally, the subcommittee recommended that the department secure funds to repair and replace equipment and felt that enrollment could suffer if the equipment is not updated. They also recommended that the program hire at least one additional faculty member and additional clerical support. They consider the Electrical Engineering faculty to be very dedicated and noted that the students take more classes than the minimum required for graduation because they are dedicated to learning the subject matter.

Michael Moore made a motion to accept the report; Stephanie McAndrews 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 11:08 AM.

Respectfully submitted,

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

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