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PROGRAMS COMMITTEE

MINUTES

March 18th, 2011

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

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Scott Belobrajdic, Carole Frick, Poonam Jain, Shan Lu

GUESTS: David Cluphf, Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Health Education
Joel Hardman, Professor, English Language and Literature
Brian Henderson, Assistant Professor, English Language and Literature
Erik Kirk, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Health Education
Curt Lox, Chair, Kinesiology and Health Education
James Panico, Graduate Program Director, Speech-language Pathology
T. K. Parthasarathy, Chair, Special Education and Communication Disorders
Randy Pearson, Chair, Geography
Bill Searcy, Associate Dean, School of Education
Miranda Wilhelm, Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy
Val Yancey, Associate Professor, Primary Care and Health Systems Nursing

I. Announcements

There were no announcements.

II. Minutes of February 11, 2011

Diane Sol pointed out that in the phrase "The School will contact the CCNE within" under the School of Nursing program review was missing "the CCNE." The minutes as amended were accepted unanimously.

III. Form 91A - Kinesiology: Exercise Physiology (SOE-10-653)

IV. Form 91A - Kinesiology: Sport and Exercise Behavior (SOE-10-675)

V. Form 91A - Kinesiology: Pedagogy (SOE-10-680)

The committee had concerns regarding the rigor of the programs of study and how outcomes would be assessed if the requested changes were incorporated into the graduate program. Mike Shaw suggested comparing the exit requirements of other graduate programs to determine how they handle the assessment process in their non-thesis options. He and Lynn Maurer will work with Curt Lox on this issue. The requests were tabled by acclamation.

VI. Form 91A - English: Teaching of Writing (CAS-09-269)

The graduate program wished to eliminate the requirement of ENG 488 (History of Rhetoric) and add 588 (History of Rhetoric I - The Classical Period to the Renaissance). It also wished to eliminate 487 (Politics of Composition Pedagogy) from the list of optional courses and add two courses, 587 (Politics of Composition Pedagogy) and 589 (History of Rhetoric II - The Enlightenment to Today). For its post-baccalaureate certificate program, the graduate program wishes to eliminate the choices of 487 and 488 and offer three additional choices, 587, 588, and 589. It noted that two courses had title changes: 574 (Basic Writing Theory and Pedagogy) and 578 (Gender, Language, and Pedagogy).

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

VII. Form 91A - Speech-language Pathology (SOE-11-696)

The graduate program wished to change its deadline from February 1st to January 15th.

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

VIII. Program Review - Speech-language Pathology

The graduate program was found to be in good standing. The committee consisted of Valerie Yancey (chair), Kristine Hildebrandt, Gerald O'Brien, and Miranda Wilhelm. The committee found the programs students were focused, passionate and energized. The committee had five recommendations:

1. Review admission, selection, and student orientation activities;

2. Upgrade the Clinic Director's position to reflect the true qualifications of the individual serving in the position;

3. Transfer the clinical assessment rubric to an online delivery rather than paper;

4. Increase diversity; and

5. Add doctorally prepared faculty.

James Panico replied that the program sends acceptance letters to the top 50 applicants for 30 positions. It notifies the next fifty that they are on the waitlist, and sends rejection letters to the rest. He also noted that the program has formed a committee to explore ways to introduce diversity into the graduate program. He thanked the committee for their excellent work.

Steffany Chleboun made a motion to accept the program review report and verify that the graduate program in Speech-language Pathology is in good standing; Ken Witt seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

IX. Interim Review in Geographical Studies

Randy Pearson submitted a second version of the interim review report to bring it more in line with the questions asked in the template. Pearson noted that the program used to be a feeder program into the Defense Mapping Agency until 2001. He also noted that the questions were out of date since the program review was seven years ago. The committee felt that he did an outstanding job and noted that this interim report will be a useful tool for the graduate program's next program review in 2013-14.

Mike Shaw made a motion to accept this report and verify that the graduate program in Geographical Studies is in good standing; Diane Sol seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

X. Continuing Business

There was no continuing business.

XI. New Business

There was no new business.

XII. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 11:56 AM.

Respectfully submitted,

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