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PROGRAMS COMMITTEE

MINUTES

January 14th, 2011

MEMBERS PRESENT: Scott Belobrajdic, Steffany Chleboun, Sohyung Cho, Dean Cody for Linda Carlisle, Carole Frick, Roberta Harrison, Shan Lu, Lynn Maurer for Jerry B. Weinberg, Gertrude Pannirselvam, Michael Shaw, Chair, Diane Sol, Ken Witt

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Poonam Jain, Shan Lu

GUESTS: Denise Cobb, Director, Office of Assessment
David Duvernell, Graduate Program Director, Biological Sciences
Linda Morice, Chair, Educational Leadership
Melissa Thomeczek, Graduate Program Director, Instructional Technology
Jianpeng Zhou, Graduate Program Director, Civil Engineering

I. Announcements

Lynn Maurer announced that AQIP is looking at forms 90 and 91. There is a possibility that the course and program change forms will be kept together at the undergraduate level. There is a plan to use an electronic system (Curricunet) in the future so that the progress of the forms can be easily tracked. Maurer will keep the committee informed.

II. Minutes of December 10th, 2010

Ken Witt made a motion to accept the minutes as submitted; Carole Frick seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

III. Form 91A: Civil Engineering (ENR-10-11)

The graduate program wishes to create two Professional Development Sequences (PDSs) in sustainability engineering to "respond to the increasing demands of sustainable infrastructure in civil engineering professions," and to increase enrollment by attracting working professionals in the St. Louis metropolitan area. The PDSs would also help the graduate program remain competitive in this region, and would appeal to professional engineers who do not wish to earn a master's degree. The Programs Committee approved the 91A to create the PDS in Sustainable Infrastructure on September 16, 2010. This is the companion 91A that creates a PDS in Sustainable Planning.

Ken Witt made a motion to approve the request; Steffany Chleboun seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

IV. Form 91A: Biological Sciences (CAS-10-55)

The graduate program wishes to change the program of study in both the thesis and non-thesis plans to require taking BIOL 592-1 (Graduate Colloquium in Biology) at least three times. The elective course hours are reduced correspondingly. This would enable graduate students to learn from a variety of guest speakers and may help to establish a "master's culture." The program offers substitutions if students are unable to attend the Monday afternoon colloquia. There are no effects on budget or faculty.

Carole Frick made a motion to approve the request; Gertrude Pannirselvam seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

V. Form 91A: Instructional Technology (SOE-10-694)

The graduate program wishes to allow its students the choice of taking EPFR 501 (Research Methods in Education) or EPFR 502 (Qualitative Inquiry in Education). Currently the program requires students to take EPFR 501, but feels that since many of its graduate students are teachers, "many teachers feel that qualitative inquiry is more consistent with reflective teaching practices than quantitative inquiry." It was suggested that some discussion of quantitative inquiry happen in this course similar to the discussion of qualitative inquiry that currently occurs in EPFR 501. There are no budgetary effects and faculty will not be affected. The program would like this change to be effective "as soon as possible."

The request did not include a copy of the changed catalog text. It will be posted on Blackboard for the Programs Committee to examine and approve prior to the next Graduate Council meeting.

Carole Frick made a motion to approve the request contingent on review and approval of the catalog copy; Stephanie Chleboun seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

VI. Interim Review in Geographical Studies

Since there were no representatives present from Geographical Studies and the committee had questions about the interim report, this item was tabled until next meeting.

VII. Continuing Business

There was no continuing business.

VIII. New Business

There was no new business.

IX. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 11:31 AM.

Respectfully submitted,

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