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PROGRAMS COMMITTEE

MINUTES

September 19th, 2008

MEMBERS PRESENT: Scott Belobrajdic, Ayse Evrensel, Shunfu Hu for Laura Fowler, John Hunt, M. Jane Gillespie, Chair, Gameli Kumasi, Andrzej Lozowski, Stephanie McAndrews, Steve McCommas, Michael Shaw

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Regina McBride, Valerie Yancey

GUESTS : Wai Cheah, Graduate Program Director, Speech Communication
William Vogler, Chair, Kinesiology
Mary Weishaar, Associate Dean, School of Education
Duff Wrobbel, Associate Professor, Speech Communication

I. Announcements

After the members of the committee introduced themselves, Associate Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School Stephen Hansen thanked the members of the committee for volunteering to serve. He stated that the committee's main function was to assure rigor and quality in SIUE's graduate programs. As such, it reviews the requests for changes in graduate programs. He also reminded the Programs Committee that it will review seven graduate programs in the spring: Biological Sciences, Biotechnology Management, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Science Management, Learning, Culture, and Society (initial review), and Mathematics. He added that every graduate program has been asked to revise its assessment plans and that the Committee will review those plans for propriety.

II. Minutes of April 18th, 2008

Stephanie McAndrews made a motion to accept the minutes; Michael Shaw seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

III. Form 91B - Kinesiology: Drop Professional Development Sequence

The graduate program wishes to terminate this portion of the Kinesiology graduate program due to lack of enrollment and occasional confusion when students mistakenly apply to the PDS instead of the MSEd. The department feels that the "program description 'clutters' [the] graduate catalog." No students or faculty are affected by this change, and there is no impact on the budget.

Mike Shaw made a motion to approve the request as amended for typos; Steve McCommas seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

IV. Form 91B - Kinesiology: Drop Exercise Physiology Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

The graduate program wishes to terminate this portion of the Kinesiology graduate program due to lack of enrollment and occasional confusion when students mistakenly apply to the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate instead of the MSEd. The department feels that the "program description 'clutters' [the] graduate catalog." No students or faculty are affected by this change, and there is no impact on the budget.

Mike Shaw made a motion to approve the request as amended for typos; Steve McCommas seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

V. Form 91B - Kinesiology: Drop Pedagogy/Administration Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

The graduate program wishes to terminate this portion of the Kinesiology graduate program due to lack of enrollment and occasional confusion when students mistakenly apply to the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate instead of the MSEd. The department feels that the "program description 'clutters' [the] graduate catalog." No students or faculty are affected by this change, and there is no impact on the budget.

Mike Shaw made a motion to approve the request as amended for typos; Steve McCommas seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

VI. Form 91B - Kinesiology: Drop Sport and Exercise Behavior Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

The graduate program wishes to terminate this portion of the Kinesiology graduate program due to lack of enrollment and occasional confusion when students mistakenly apply to the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate instead of the MSEd. The department feels that the "program description 'clutters' [the] graduate catalog." No students or faculty are affected by this change, and there is no impact on the budget.

Mike Shaw made a motion to approve the request as amended for typos; Steve McCommas seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

VII. Form 91A - Speech Communication (CAS-08-063)

The graduate program wishes to enhance the rigor of its program and to organize its field of study in a manner to help market better the Speech Communication graduate program. Wai Cheah stated that the graduate program supports future PhD students very well, and the graduate program would like to improve the applied side of the program "up to these same high standards." Duff Wrobbel stated that it would also help students to focus on their area of interest: health communication, organizational communication, or interpersonal communication. The five changes proposed "are needed to strengthen and enhance the rigor of [the] MA program." They include creating the emphases noted above; formalizing the structure of the program of study into three categories, theory and area of specialization, methods and statistics, and electives; reducing the credit hours of SPC 500 (Seminar in Communication theory) and SPC 501 (Communication Research Methods and Tools) from four credit hours to three, thereby reducing the number of hours required from 35 to 33; and adding a restriction on electives for students with no background in communication.

Professor Gillespie introduced concerns that Dean Hansen had regarding the proposal. Hansen pointed out that the proposal would allow 12 of 33 graduate credit hours outside the department, but university policy allows only up to 1/3 of credit hours to be transferred into a graduate program from outside sources. The most graduate credit hours that could really be allowed from outside the Speech Communication department is 11 graduate credit hours. Hansen also suggested that the graduate program give more details about each emphasis in the graduate catalog. He also noticed that the number of credit hours for thesis and non-thesis are identical; requiring more credit hours for a non-thesis option is the norm.

Mike Shaw suggested looking through a catalog to compare thesis and non-thesis programs to make sure they are equivalent experiences.

Mike Shaw made a motion to return the request with the suggestions discussed and to ask Speech Communication to change the document to meet the requirement that every graduate program must offer 2/3 of its courses in the department; Stephanie McAndrews seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

VIII. Old Business

There was no old business.

IX. New Business

There was no new business.

X. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 2:39 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

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

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