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PROGRAMS COMMITTEE

MINUTES

October 17th, 2008

MEMBERS PRESENT: Scott Belobrajdic, Linda Carlisle for Regina McBride, Ayse Evrensel, John Hunt, M. Jane Gillespie, Chair, Gameli Kumasi, Andrzej Lozowski, Stephanie McAndrews, Michael Shaw, Valerie Yancey

MEMBERS EXCUSED : Shunfu Hu, Steve McCommas

GUESTS : Dennis Bouvier, Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Jackie Clement, Graduate Program Director, Nursing

I. Announcements

There were no announcements.

II. Minutes of September 19th 2008

Valerie Yancey asked that the minutes be corrected to reflect that she be listed as "excused" for the meeting of September 19th. The minutes were accepted as amended unanimously.

III. Form 91A - Computer Science (ENG-08-024)

The graduate program wished to add a prerequisite, that a student entering the program from a non-accredited program "will be required to take [CS 409] as a condition of their approval to the program" to "[ensure] entering graduate students have covered essential design, programming, and software engineering skills necessary for advanced studies in computer science." One of the reasons for the change is to alleviate some of the load on faculty, who find themselves advising on a one on one basis for remedial concerns. The program asks that this change be effective in Spring of 2009.

Steve Hansen, Associate Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, had questions about the use of the word 'prerequisite.' The word "prerequisite" means to be taken before other courses yet the catalog copy makes it clear that the courses would be taken during a student's program of study. Hansen suggested that the program use "Foundation courses" instead of "prerequisite" courses in order to avoid confusion of language.

Mike Shaw summarized the changes the committee feels are needed. In addition to changing the word "prerequisite courses" to "foundation courses," the sentence regarding conditional approval under the "Prerequisite Courses" heading would be struck. The catalog copy should include the name of the accrediting body, ABET.

Valerie Yancey made a motion to accept the request as amended; Andrzej Lozowski seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

IV. Form 91A - Nursing: Nurse Practitioner MS (SON-G-08-011)

V. Form 91A - Nursing: Nurse Practitioner Post-Masters (SON-G-08-012)

The graduate program requests that the name of its specialization be changed from Nurse Practitioner to Family Nurse Practitioner. Per the request form, "The accrediting bodies for the Nurse Practitioner program (National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF) and Collegiate Commission for Nursing Education (CCNE)) require, as of 2008, the following: "The official graduate transcript must state the NP role and population focus of education preparation." The NP role and population for the program is "Family Nurse Practitioner.""

Mike Shaw made a motion to approve the request; John Hunt seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

VI. Form 91A - Literacy Education (SOE-08-420)

The graduate program wishes to eliminate from its admission requirements the two letters of recommendation, the literacy disposition paper, and the interview with literacy faculty. The paper will be part of a course requirement. It also wished to remove EPFR 515 and 520 or 521 as a prerequisite for the first clinical course, CI 571. The program also wishes to add passing the Illinois basic Skills Test as an exit requirement. These changes may increase graduate enrollment and will allow students to graduate in a more timely manner. There will be no adverse effects on the faculty or on the budget.

The committee felt that language was unclear under the 'Entry to Clinic Practicum' in the program of study section. Instead of saying, "To enter the clinical practicum, CI 571," the committee suggested the language read, "Prior to enrolling in CI 571, the first clinical courseā€¦"

John Hunt made a motion to accept the request as amended; Andrzej Lozowski seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

VII. School of Business Interim Graduate Program Review Reports

A. Computer Management and Information Systems, MS

The Committee had reservations about accepting the interim review report for CMIS. It was concerned with the number of recommendations that CMIS responded to by stating that it did not plan to change anything about its graduate program that would directly address the concern. An example is recommendation #2. The program review committee had recommended that "the CMIS program offer an additional foundational course where professional and academic writing as well as research skills are taught." The program's response, in part, was, "We do not plan to add an additional research foundational course." The committee wished to invite representatives from CMIS to attend the next meeting to respond to this concern and will give further consideration to the report.

B. Accountancy, MSA

C. Business Administration, MBA

D. Economics and Finance, MA, MS

E. Marketing Research, MMR

Stephanie McAndrews made a motion to accept the interim review reports of accountancy, business administration, economics and finance, and marketing research as submitted; Mike Shaw seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

VIII. Continuing Business

There was no continuing business.

IX. New Business

There was no new business.

X. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 2:54 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

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