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PROGRAMS COMMITTEE

MINUTES

October 8, 2010

MEMBERS PRESENT: Sohyung Cho, Carole Frick, Michael Shaw, Chair, Ken Witt

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Linda Carlisle, Poonam Jain, Gertrude Pannirselvam

MEMBERS ABSENT: Scott Belobrajdic, Steffany Chleboun, Roberta Harrison, Shan Lu, Diane Sol

GUESTS: Denise Cobb, Director of Assessment
David Kauzlarich, Chair, Sociology
Larry Krueger, Chair, Social Work
Larry LaFond, Associate Dean, College of Art and Sciences
Flo Maatita, Graduate Program Director, Sociology
Lynn Maurer, Associate Dean, The Graduate School
Kathleen Tunney, Graduate Program Director, Social Work

I. Announcements

There were no announcements.

II. Minutes of September 10th, 2010

The minutes were unanimously approved as submitted.

III. Interim Report for the 2006 Program Review: Sociology

The graduate program in sociology has made progress in meeting the challenges outlined in the program review. The department has a graduate assistant office with four computers on which the SPSS program is installed. More graduate students are presenting and writing with faculty than ever before. The program's graduate students are successful. The program uses teaching assistants to help in classrooms since the priority is getting students to graduate. Currently there are about 11-12 graduate students in the new cohort and 7 or 8 from last year. There are seven assistantships. It is difficult to decide whether assistantships should be used as a recruitment or retention tool, but the department wants to support students who have had at least one semester of course work.

Regarding the integration of theory and method, it is handled with informal conversation between colleagues and director in classroom discussion, although currently there is nothing codified if the current instructors of 501 and 515 change their teaching schedules.

Ken Witt made a motion to approve the interim program review report; Carole Frick seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

IV. Interim Report for the 2006 Program Review: Social Work

With 83 students, the graduate program in social work has one of the top nine graduate programs for enrollment in the University. The site visit for accreditation will take place in the spring of 2012. The recommendations about the outcomes assessment have been addressed. There is now clearly linkage between theory and practice. Approximately 2/3 of their graduate students are full time. The faculty replaced the capstone project with a portfolio and a Power Point presentation. The program videotapes students in the lab, which is somewhat unusual. This allows the students to demonstrate a range of skills. Faculty morale has been a challenge, especially with the frequent changes in leadership. The department continues to try to make improvements and hopes that the "arrival of two new tenure-track faculty members and the preparations for accreditation" will help to unite the faculty.

Carole Frick made a motion to accept the interim program review report; Ken Witt seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

V. Interim Report for the 2005 Program Review: History

The graduate program in history increased its 500-level course offerings to provide graduate students with more options. It has also established better communication with its graduate students, including developing a blackboard shell. The department has also been able to replace its office support specialist despite the hiring freeze. It is also addressing the lack of diversity, and has awarded three of its thirteen assistantships to individuals from under-represented groups. It has also seen increased grant activity and has been able to add three research assistantships; however, the program has no ability to increase the number of state-funded assistantships nor authority to increase the stipends. The program has difficulty competing with peer institutions that can offer more financial support. The program has not been able to work out a way for students to complete their foreign language requirements at SIUE. There are not enough students to populate evening classes as many graduate students are high school teachers, so graduate students "complete their language requirements at a local community college and then transfer in the grades." The graduate program successfully graduates cooperative doctoral students. It will be adding a post-baccalaureate certificate in American studies. The program has between 36 and fifty graduate students and has developed a graduate core that lasts a year. It was pointed out that part 2 of the interim review document is missing. Carole Frick will provide it to the Office of Assessment within the week.

Ken Witt made a motion to approve the interim program review report; Sohyung Cho seconded. The motion passed with 3 ayes and one abstention.

VI. Continuing Business

A. English (CAS-10-18) Form 91A discussion

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literature provided a letter of collation as requested. In their letter, FLL expressed serious reservations about the proposed changes to reduce the amount of foreign language required in the English graduate program's American and English specialization. Graduate students in English have been granted waivers in the past, and frequently take a second year of foreign language at a community college and transfer the credit since the necessary courses are not offered in the evenings.

The consensus was that: The committee recognizes the persuasive arguments on both sides of this issue, and does not envision a serious impact on the enrollment of foreign language students with the approval of this request from the graduate program in English.

VII. New Business

There was no new business.

VIII. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 11:46 AM.

Respectfully submitted,

Jerry B. Weinberg
Acting Associate Provost for Research and
Dean, The Graduate School

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