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PROGRAMS COMMITTEE

MINUTES

February 11th, 2011

MEMBERS PRESENT: Sohyung Cho, Linda Carlisle, Denise Cobb, Carole Frick, Roberta Harrison, Lynn Maurer for Jerry B. Weinberg, Gertrude Pannirselvam, Michael Shaw, Chair, Diane Sol, Ken Witt

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Scott Belobrajdic, Steffany Chleboun, Poonam Jain, Shan Lu

GUESTS: Kevin Cannon, Director, Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies
Michael Grossman, Associate Professor, Geography
Kathy Ketchum, Graduate Program Director, Nursing
Randy Pearson, Chair, Geography
Anne Perry, Associate Dean for Academic Programs, School of Nursing
Alison Reeves, Educational Leadership

I. Announcements

There were no announcements.

II. Minutes of January 14th, 2011

Gertrude Pannirselvam requested that the following statement be added to the description of the Form 91A for Instructional Technology (SOE-10-694): "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." It was also suggested to change the status of Denise Cobb from guest to member.

Ken Witt made a motion to accept the minutes amended; Gertrude Pannirselvam seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

III. Program Review: Nursing

The graduate program in nursing is excellent by any internal or external standards. The program review committee (Kevin Cannon, Chair, Wendy Fuchs, Min Liu, Yuliang Liu, Alison Reeves, Carol Wesley and Ken Witt) made six recommendations.

1. The faculty should consider whether the terminal project is the most appropriate instrument to properly measure student learning;

2. Students should be encouraged to make presentations at professional conference and appropriate support should be available;

3. The Simulated Learning Center (SLC) should be expanded;

4. The School of Nursing should work with the Office of Information Technology (OIT) to designate a liaison between the two entities;

5. The new Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) should be certified; and

6. Expand efforts to inform all faculty members of the way assessment data is used for continuous program improvement processes and encourage faculty member involvement in these processes.

The Nursing faculty responded to these recommendations. A request to change the terminal project is before the Programs Committee today. Instead of a publishable manuscript it will consist of an electronic portfolio (which includes student reflection), a synthesis project and an oral presentation. Students do attend conferences, gaining a lot. Funds are limited for providing travel funds. The nursing faculty would love to have a whole floor for the SLC. Space availability is an issue. The situation with OIT has improved since this recommendation was written. The current OIT liaison works on the entire building (Alumni Hall), not merely the School of Nursing unit. The DNP is certified by the CCNE. The School will contact the CCNE within a year after the program begins to bring them a self study. Finally, the faculty has found a good way to disseminate knowledge about the assessment process.

Ken Witt made a motion to recommend approval of the report with minor corrections, such as the spelling of Dean Maurer's name, and that the graduate program should be considered to be in good standing; Gertrude Pannirselvam seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

IV. Form 91A: Nursing Exit Requirement (NURS-G-11-01)

The graduate program wishes to change the exit requirement from a manuscript of publishable quality to an electronic portfolio (which includes student reflection), a synthesis project and an oral presentation. The program feels that this will "better reflect the master's student outcomes and the respective area of nursing specialization of each individual student." There is no thesis option because the AACN does not require it. The doctoral degree is more a practice degree than a research degree. Lynn Maurer stated that the Graduate School supports this proposal and feels that it has sufficient rigor. The committee is comprised of two faculty members because of a workload issue.

Gertrude Pannirselvam made a motion to approve the request; Sohyung Cho seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

V. Interim Review in Geographical Studies

Randy Pearson volunteered to re-write the interim review report to be more in line with the questions asked. He will have it to the committee by March 14th for the March 18th meeting.

VI. Continuing Business

There was no continuing business.

VII. New Business

There was no new business.

VIII. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 11:47 AM.

Respectfully submitted,

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

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