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PROGRAMS COMMITTEE

Minutes of

February 13, 2012

MEMBERS PRESENT: Scott Belobrajdic, Steffany Chleboun, Mary Clabaugh, Dean Cody for Kathy Behm, Carole Frick, Jie Gong, Shrikant Jategaonkar, Gertrude Pannirselvam (Chair), Jerry Weinberg

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Nicholas Guehlstorf, Roberta Harrison, Poonam Jain, Koung Hee Leem, Ken Witt

GUESTS:
Susan Breck, Graduate Program Director, Curriculum and Instruction
Denise Cobb, Director of Assessment
Gary Hicks, Chair, Mass Communications
Yuliang Liu, Associate Professor, Educational Leadership
Lynn Maurer, Associate Dean, The Graduate School
Bill Searcy, Chair, Curriculum and Instruction
Wendy Shaw, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Mary Weishaar, Associate Dean, School of Education

I. Announcements

There were no announcements.

II. Minutes of January 13, 2012

Ken Witt's name was misspelled on page 2. The minutes were unanimously accepted as amended.

III. Form 91A - Curriculum and Instruction / Secondary Education (SOE-11-782)

Curriculum and Instruction and Secondary Education wish to combine their graduate programs into one, called Curriculum and Instruction. "The course requirements for the two degrees are almost identical … the Department would like to merge the two degrees to allow for one system of data gathering and monitoring." The nine teaching areas (specializations) currently offered in Secondary Education will be transferred into the Curriculum and Instruction graduate program, which will also offer pedagogy and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Education. The C&I graduate program will offer eleven specializations. These are: art, biology, chemistry, earth and space sciences, English/language arts, foreign languages, history, mathematics, physics, pedagogy, and STEM education. These changes will not require additional resources. The program would like the changes to take effect by the Summer of 2013.

IV. Form 92B - Secondary Education Eliminate Graduate Program (SOE-11-783)

The department of Curriculum and Instruction, which houses the Curriculum and Instruction and Secondary Education graduate programs, wishes to eliminate the graduate program in Secondary Education. The content will be absorbed into the Curriculum and Instruction graduate program as specified in SOE-11-782. The departments that offer the content (art, etc.) in cooperation with Secondary Education were not officially notified of this change. Susan Breck will write a draft of a memo for her dean to send to those departments. She will work with Chris Kessler to correct the specializations' catalog copy.

V. Form 91A - Curriculum and Instruction Create New Specializations (SOE-11-784)

The graduate program wishes to create two specializations, Advanced Pedagogy, and STEM Education to differentiate it from the nine specializations which originated in the Secondary Education graduate program. These changes will not require additional resources. The program would like the changes to take effect by Summer of 2013.

The committee asked that the program: 1) Track and change all terms to specialization;

2) Make correction to the statement ".. 36 hours and specialization.." to 36 hours including specialization"; 3) Add specialization blurb about 42 hours from the old Secondary Education catalog to the current copy; and 4) (For pedagogy and STEM) does the above language still work for these two specializations? If not, please send comparable language or list of courses if that will work.

Steffany Chleboun made a motion to approve all the requests pending the changes discussed; Carole Frick seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

VI. Program Review - Mass Communication

The internal review committee was composed of Yuliang Liu, Educational Leadership (Chair of review committee), Olga Bezhanova, Foreign Languages and Literature, Steffany M. Chleboun, Special Education and Communication Disorders, and Nancy Ruff, English Language and Literature. The committee's recommendations included better use of program assessment, including more precise data collection, developing an option for students interested in the practical industrial field, expanding the program to meet student and market demand, standardizing the advising process, providing job placement assistance, and providing more graduate assistantships.

Elza Ibroscheva, the graduate program director, provided the chair's response, while Wendy Shaw wrote the dean's response. They agreed with the recommendation to "continue to work on a consistent and thorough assessment plan." They also felt that offering online classes would not be practical due to the additional faculty and other resources needed to offer them. In fact, the faculty is opposed to teaching online courses. They stated that although there is no job placement service, faculty often provide referrals and advise students on that matter, and while the program wishes to offer more assistantships, the dean's office points out that the "College lacks the means to increase funding for graduate assistantships." Shaw added in her memo that the CAS's commitments to Mass Communications "are a measure of our pride in the excellent programs provided in Mass Communications."

The committee rated the graduate program in mass communications "in good standing." Steffany Chleboun made a motion to accept the report; Carole Frick seconded. The report was accepted unanimously.

VII. Continuing Business

There was no continuing business.

VIII. New Business

There was no new business.

IX. Adjournment

Shrikant Jategaonkar made a motion to adjourn; Carole Frick seconded. The meeting adjourned at 10:59 AM.

Respectfully submitted,

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

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