January 22nd, 2010
MEMBERS PRESENT: Dean Cody for Linda Carlisle, Steffany Chleboun, Laura Fowler, Carole Frick, Jane Gillespie, Chair, Steve Hansen, John Hunt, Matthew Johnson, Michael Shaw, Greg Sierra, Ken Witt
MEMBERS EXCUSED: Scott Belobrajdic, Urszula Ledzewicz, Valerie Yancey
MEMBERS ABSENT: Shakti Banwat
GUESTS: T. R. Carr, Chair, Public Administration and Policy Analysis
Zhi-Qing Lin, Graduate Program Director, Environmental Sciences, and Graduate Program Director, Environmental Science Management
Scott Umbaugh, Graduate Program Director, Electrical Engineering
Associate Provost Hansen announced that the program review reports were ready to go to the committee, which would begin reviewing them next month. He also introduced Lynn Maurer, the Graduate School’s new Associate Dean. Hansen added that Ron Schaefer moved to a full time position as the director of international programs.
II. Minutes of November 19th, 2009
Matthew Johnson made a motion to accept the minutes with amendments emailed by Linda Carlisle; Carole Frick seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
III. Form 91A – Request for Change in Academic Program: Electrical Engineering (EGR-09-51)
The graduate program wished to change its required courses in order to “better reflect [its] program philosophy, the current electrical engineering field and departmental alignment.” Instead of requiring ECE 552 (Advanced Stochastic Processes) and two courses in two different categories selected from the categories Computer Systems (577, 581, 582, 584), Communications (570, 572, 574, 575), and Signals and Systems (532, 538, 539, 563), the new program of study would require only one course from this list: 532 (Applications of DSP), 539 (Digital Image Processing II), 552 (Advanced Stochastic Processes), 562 (Modern Control), 572 (Communication Networks), 574 (Digital Communications). The flexibility would allow the student and his adviser to design a more individualized graduate program. The graduate program requests the effective date to be fall, 2010.
Mike Shaw made a motion to approve the request; Greg Sierra seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
IV. Form 91A – Request for Change in Academic Program: Environmental Sciences (CAS-09-109)
The 2008 graduate program review stated, in part, “There are not enough faculty in the Program to represent all the concentrations (options) sufficiently.” The graduate program wishes to respond by combining its options, Environmental Chemistry and Environmental Toxicology into a single option of Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology. Its environmental chemistry and toxicology program of study would keep its current courses but allow substitution of 525 for 531 (Toxicology) and 535 (Ecological Risk Assessment) for 540 (Pollution Ecology). Its environmental biology option would replace “either 550 (Applied Ecology) or 531 (Toxicology)” with “550.” Its environmental education option changes “528/528L (Analysis of Environmental Contaminants) or 520 (Environmental Sampling)” to 520, and “ENSC 580 (Environmental Education) or CI 510 (Analysis of Instruction)” becomes ENSC 580. Its environmental policy and public administration program of study replaces the 516 (Environmental Impact Analysis) course with 550 (Applied Ecology). Its environmental technology and assessment option replaces 540 (Pollution Ecology) with 550, and replaces 570 (Environmental Technology and Assessment) with 573. The graduate program requests the effective date to be fall, 2010. This change would not affect faculty since all courses are currently offered.
ENSC 525 (Environmental Chemistry), and 573 (GIS-Modeling the Natural Environment) do not currently exist, but have been offered as 595 (Topics) courses. The forms 90a to create the courses have been submitted.
Ken Witt expressed concern that a graduate student could complete the Chemistry and Toxicology track without ever taking a chemistry course. Z. Q. Lin, program director, stated that graduate students matriculating in this discipline would have a strong chemistry background.
Matthew Johnson made a motion to approve the request; Carole Frick seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
V. Form 91A – Request for Change in Academic Program: Environmental Science Management (CAS-09-113)
The graduate program, which currently requires a thesis, wishes to give students a choice between a thesis and a research paper. Most “PSM” students do not have an opportunity to conduct a research project in relation to their internships. Adding the Final Research Paper option will provide students with the flexibility to demonstrate their learning experience and accomplishments. The School of Business replaced three of the courses used by the environmental science management program. The new course names and numbers changed from ACCT 502 (Managerial Accounting), CMIS 515 (Information Systems Theory), and MGMT 514 (Management of Organizations) to ACCT 524, (Accounting for MBAs), CMIS 526 (Information Systems and Technology), and MBA 522 (Decision Making in Organizations). The graduate program wishes to change the catalog description of its business courses under program of study to reflect these changes. The graduate program requests the effective date to be spring, 2010.
Hansen asked whether the graduate program faculty have concerns that no one will opt for the thesis. He wondered whether the program of study should be changed to 34 hours for thesis and 40 hours for non thesis.
Mike Shaw made a motion to approve the request without modifications; Laura Fowler seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
VI. Form 91A – Request for Change in Academic Program: Public Administration (CAS-09-159)
The graduate program wishes to create a specialization, Research Administration. One hundred percent of courses would be delivered through distance learning, 80% of which would be delivered online. It intends to enroll cohorts of 25 students every fall. A survey conducted by the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) in May 2007 indicated a “strong interest for a master’s degree program [in research administration].” There is evidence that potential employers seek “employees with formal training in research administration.” The program will “be operated on a cost recovery basis through the Office of Education Outreach.” The Public Administration and Policy Analysis faculty will provide instruction. Some course content will be delivered by using the expertise of “the leaders in the field of research administration from other institutions.” The names and vita of adjunct faculty members from other institutions are not included in the form 91A request. The graduate program wishes its first cohort to begin in fall, 2010.
None of the eleven courses required for this graduate program exist. T. R. Carr assured the committee that the program will submit eight forms 90C to modify the existing courses PAPA 420, 500, 501, 510, 530, 540, 550, and 595 to include a (a,b) component, and will submit three forms 90A to create the courses, PAPA 531 (a,b), 533 (a,b), and 553.
Ken Witt questioned whether this graduate program will be ready to offer in the Fall of 2010. Hansen said that SIUE may not be able to offer this graduate program in the fall.
Laura Fowler made a motion to approve the request; John Hunt seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
VII. Continuing Business
There was no continuing business.
VIII. New Business
There was no new business.
The meeting adjourned at 3:08 PM.
Stephen L. Hansen
Associate Provost for Research and
Dean, The Graduate School