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PROGRAMS COMMITTEE

Minutes of

December 15, 2011

MEMBERS PRESENT: Kathy Behm, Scott Belobrajdic, Steffany Chleboun, Mary Clabaugh, Nicholas Guehlstorf, Carole Frick, Roberta Harrison, Shrikant Jategaonkar, Koung Hee Leem, Jerry Weinberg, Gertrude Pannirselvam (Chair), Ken Witt

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Jie Gong, Poonam Jain

GUESTS:
Dennis Bouvier, Chair, Computer Science
Mary Ettling, Assistant Director, Credit & Distance Education Activities
Robert Leander, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Frank Lyerla, Assistant Professor, Primary Care and Health Systems Nursing
Lynn Maurer, Associate Dean, The Graduate School
Mary Sumner, Associate Dean, School of Business

I. Announcements

There were no announcements.

II. Minutes of November 11, 2011

Steffany Chleboun made a motion to approve the minutes; Roberta Harrison seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

III. Form 91A - Electrical Engineering (ENR-11-24)

The graduate program wishes to add a requirement for those applicants who do not have a degree from an ABET-accredited institution. Since it is "increasingly difficult to assess" their qualifications for graduate study, those applicants must submit GRE scores which "will provide a standardized metric." There are no anticipated effects on budget or faculty. The program requests this change be effective for Fall of 2012.

Robert Leander explained that the more verbally equipped skill set measured by the GRE test carries over into EE skills. In discussing various ways that graduate programs come up with a formula for determining admissions, Nicholas Guehlstorf offered to share Environmental Science's algorithm.

Shrikant Jategaonkar made a motion to accept the request; Roberta Harrison seconded. A call for further discussion was made.

The committee recommended that a clause be added to read, "Students may petition to have work experience considered in lieu of GRE scores."

Ken Witt made a motion to table the request until further review; Carole Frick seconded. The motion passed unanimously. The item will be on a future agenda. The committee requested that the graduate program director attend the meeting to address the change.

IV. Form 91A - Speech-language Pathology (SOE-11-751)

The graduate program wishes to make SPPA 520-3 (Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology of Communication) an optional course, and make SPPA 540-3 (Early Intervention with Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families) and 547-2 (Motor Speech Disorders in Adults) required courses. This change will "better align [the program] with [their] professional standards and [help them to] remain competitive with other peer institutions." The additional two hours required are cancelled out by making SPPA 544 (Seminar in Language Disorders of Children) 3 hours (instead of 4) and changing SPPA 498 (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) from 3 to 2 credit hours. The hours required for this degree will remain at 36 graduate credit hours.

There are no anticipated effects on faculty or budget. The program requests this change be effective for Summer 2013.

Roberta Harrison made a motion to approve the request; Shrikant Jategaonkar seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

V. Form 92A - Healthcare Informatics, M.S.

This proposal, which started with Barnes Jewish Christian Hospital (BJC), originated by market-driven needs. The first thing that the committee looked at was the competencies across the university, then it came up with seven objectives. Although there are similarities to other programs, this one has a more technical content than other similar programs. It is truly unique. Its credit hours situate it between Northwestern and the University of Illinois at 33 and 45 credit hours, respectively. The comparable program in the area is housed at Saint Louis University which offers two tracks, including a clinical track. SIUE decided that its healthcare informatics program would offer only a clinical track based on market need. SIUE's lower cost makes its graduate program more attractive to potential students. This is the first truly interdisciplinary masters' degree at SIUE and it would not have been possible to establish a program such as this one without collaboration across units.

Regarding the Professional Development Sequence (PDS) in Healthcare Informatics, there are currently 17 students in the first PDS cohort and 21 students entering the second cohort. If a student falls behind, (s)he could join the following cohort. A question arose regarding the "spaciousness" of the three year proposed graduate program in which the students take 6 hours per semester. This schedule was designed to accommodate the needs of the BJC students. SIUE's nursing or business students would have the credentials to apply to this graduate program. Although the needs of BJC personnel were key in designing this program, SIUE is the true authority in offering this degree program. So far, about half of the PDS students are nurses. The prerequisite(s) for required courses would have to be met according to the current practice of the University. Mary Ettling is the person assigned to answer student questions about the program.

A number of issues relating to the program structure / courses, the capstone, resources, and administrative details were discussed.

Some of the course numbers and descriptions are stated incorrectly and need to be fixed both in Part 3, Q 9 b (program description) and how they are represented in the assessment plan (part 3, Q 10).

The program course schedule (6 hours per semester) was designed to accommodate BJC students. Some concern was expressed about the length of the program for other students who might apply. If non-BJC students are admitted they can take courses on campus where the courses are offered as part of other programs. In such cases, the students would have to meet the prerequisites for the courses. This would entail such students taking a few courses outside of the 36 credit hours of program courses. The Committee would like to receive a letter of collation from BJC stating that SIUE students may take classes on their campus, regardless of whether they work for BJC or not. Acting Associate Provost Weinberg will check on this.

The capstone project (CMIS/CS/NURS 596a,b,c) is a three hour project that is spread out as three one credit hour courses over three different years to allow the students more opportunity to complete it. The capstone can be a portfolio which includes reflection papers, or could be a thesis, or research project. Currently, the committee assigns capstone advisers to students based on the student's need and the faculty's areas of expertise, although those factors do not always align perfectly. The proposal states that the design of the capstone project must be submitted to and approved by the Graduate School. The committee questioned the need to submit the design project application to the Graduate School. The Graduate School reviews theses, not final projects. The phrase "Graduate School" should be changed to "Healthcare Informatics Programs Committee."

The assessment plan presented needs to be fixed for errors in course numbers as well as include the capstone project more directly. The graduate program will submit a comprehensive assessment plan to the Graduate Committee on Assessment at a later time.

There is no proposed budget for additional faculty or library resources. Kathy Behm asked whether the library resources meet the needs of the graduate program, and pointed out that the library does not have the funds to provide additional expensive databases without funding from the program. As a result in some cases, the students will have to use interlibrary loan for material. Kathy Behm also has additions to the list of titles presented in the proposal.

This proposal will be an appropriate proposal for the IBHE with minor changes.

Part 3 [Page 1 of 14] - Catalog description. The proposal can go to IBHE as is. The catalog copy can be worked out later. (If the catalog copy is substantially different from the proposed, the change forms must be submitted for approval.

Part 3 [Page 5 of 14] and Part 3 [Page 6 of 14] - there was a "cut and pasted" section in Calibri font that is superfluous and should be eliminated. Remove the text after "http://www.cahiim.org/" up to part e. "Licensure or Certification for Graduates of the Program."

Part 3 [Page 12 of 14], the committee questioned the need to submit the design project application to the Graduate School. The Graduate School reviews theses, not final projects. The phrase "Graduate School" should be changed to "Healthcare Informatics Committee."

Part 4 [Page 4 of 4] - Estimated Costs of the Proposed Program budget table does not match the narrative which states, "The program will be run on a cost-recovery basis and current faculty and staff will be used to develop, deliver and support the program." The information on the table indicates that a plan to hire a faculty member and support staff was in place at some point. If cost-recovery method works well, there may be a slight profit and there would be no loss. Using the business model, tuition would flow back to the units. The courses are already being offered, so there would be no additional expense. The Programs Committee recommends that the budget presented reflect the narrative.

Part 5 [Page 3 of 3] - Under Graduate Dean Responsibilities:

Graduate Program Committee:

• Graduate Dean (or a representative) would be an ex-officio member of the Program Committee.

Under Graduate Dean Responsibilities, add a fifth bullet:

• And other administration issues that arise.

The Healthcare Informatics Committee would like to revise the proposal for dissemination prior to the January 20th meeting of the Graduate Council. The Graduate School will re-post the amended proposal for the Programs Committee to review prior to its meeting of January 13th. If there are problems with the 92A, the Programs Committee members will let the chair know, if not, the proposal will go to the Graduate Council.

Roberta Harrison made a motion to approve the proposal conditionally with the modifications as discussed; Carole Frick seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

VI. Continuing Business

There was no continuing business.

VII. New Business

There was no new business.

VIII. Adjournment

Steffany Chleboun made a motion to adjourn; Ken Witt seconded. The meeting adjourned at 2:50 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

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

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