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PROGRAMS COMMITTEE

January 18th, 2008

MEMBERS PRESENT: Scott Belobrajdic, Anthony Denkyirah, Jane Gillespie, Stephanie McAndrews, Michael Shaw, Chair, Valerie Yancey

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Laura Fowler, Steve Hansen Christopher Herndon, Regina McBride, Steve McCommas

GUESTS: Eileen Joy, Graduate Program Director, English
Randall Smith, Chair, Curriculum and Instruction
Mary Weishaar, Associate Dean, School of Education

I. Announcements

There were no announcements.

II. Minutes of November 9th, 2007

Stephanie McAndrews made a motion to accept the minutes; Anthony Denkyirah seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

III. Form 91A - English: Creative Writing MA (CAS-07-153)

The graduate program wished to eliminate ENG 594, the creative non-fiction component of the creative writing program since the course is not offered frequently enough "to make it a legitimate primary option for students," however the course will remain as an elective. The program also wished to eliminate ENG 441a,b (Contemporary American Literature) as a requirement since the course is scheduled to be eliminated. The literature requirements will increase from 6 to 9 credit hours to compensate for this change, and will still include the requirement of a "literature course in the contemporary period." The courses in required literature were listed in the old graduate catalog copy, but will be summarized in the new copy to streamline the text. Lastly, the graduate program wished to clarify that ENG 554 (Contemporary Pedagogy) does not count as an elective in the creative writing graduate program.

Valerie Yancey made a motion to approve the request; Stephanie McAndrews seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

IV. Form 91A - Elementary Education (SOE-07-381)

The graduate program wished to remove the requirements of a MAT score from its admission requirements. The requirement is unnecessary as "candidates are now required to have a valid teaching certificate and/or have passed Illinois state required tests" for admission to the graduate program. The graduate program also wished to change the name of its major from 'elementary education' to 'curriculum and instruction.' This will "better serve area educators (Early Childhood through Secondary) and provide for a more flexible degree program." Those students in the Early Childhood concentration do not need degrees to work in a pre-school environment. The program also wished to include an option of an action research project as an exit requirement, along with the existing options of thesis and written examination. The exit option of presenting a seminar on a "topic that has been studied on an independent basis" has been eliminated. These changes will have no impact on the graduate program in secondary education.

Anthony Denkyirah made a motion to approve the request; Jane Gillespie seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

V. Form 91A - Nursing (SON-G-07-70)

The graduate program wished to change the GPA admission requirement from undergraduate nursing and science GPAs of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale to a minimum undergraduate nursing GPA of 3.0, and a preferred minimum of 3.0/4.0 on the science and cumulative GPAs. This change will "allow for increased flexibility in determining admissions." The graduate program also wished to allow probationary admission to "[provide] a mechanism to admit students who do not fully meet the admission criteria but appear to have the potential to be successful in the program." Students admitted under probationary admission would be required to "complete a minimum of nine (9) hours of graduate Nursing coursework during the first three (3) consecutive semesters of enrollment, attaining a grade of 'B' or above in each course," in order to then be fully admitted into the graduate nursing program. The graduate program asked for these changes to be retroactive to Fall of 2007, however the program felt that this should be amended to Fall of 2008.

Stephanie McAndrews made a motion to approve the request as amended; Gary Denue seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

VI. Old Business

There was no old business.

VII. New Business

There was no old business.

VIII. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 3:18 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

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

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